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Small farms Conferences:
CRS organized three Small Farms Conferences in Ethiopia, Nepal, and Uganda in FY22 to facilitate the exchange and adoption of best practices, technologies and innovations among host partners and beneficiaries. Read more about the Ethiopia conference below:
Host success highlights from the 2018-2023 program cycle
- F2F Volunteer support helped pineapple processors in Benin increase their sales by 80%. Read more about this story
- F2F training on cashew nursery management and grafting helped a 24-year-old cashew farmer become the star cashew nurserymen for Benin’s Ministry of Agriculture. Read more about this story here.
- Bees and cashews provide a winning formula for farmers in Benin. Read more about this story here.
- Volunteer training led to a partnership between the Catholic Secretariat and N2 Africa (a fertilizer promotion NGO) which funded a $25,000 pilot initiative to provide inoculant to 1,100 farmers, boosting yields by 20% on average and creating an immediate demand for inoculant. Over the next couple of years, almost 50,000 farmers bought inoculant. Demand for inoculant is now coming from other regions in the country as word travels through the media, government enthusiasm and word of mouth. The rhizobium company now sells to over 100,000 farmers each year, and the demand is growing. Read more about the story here.
- An F2F volunteer stepped in to provide crucial support to a University in Ethiopia experiencing a significant shortage of technical experts on nutritional research and development. Read more about the story here.
- F2F training helped a small-scale mushroom entrepreneur expand her business exponentially through trainings on proper planting methods and sanitary handling of lab equipment. The F2F host sold approximately $11,136 in mushroom spores, as a result, benefiting more than 3,500 smallholders since the assistance. Read more about the story here.
- F2F volunteer support helps build the capacity of Nepalese farmers in hydroponic technology. A hydroponic farm receiving technical assistance has expanded operations increasing yields and profits, adding three new greenhouses through a low-interest loan, bringing total farm investment to roughly $155,000. Read more about the story here.
- Ginger farmers in Nepal are gaining new hope of prosperity as a result of F2F support. Read more about the story here.
- A Rwandan farmer’s yield doubled after a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer training on replenishing soil fertility and working within the local ecosystem. Read more about the story here.
- An East Timorese volunteer supported vegetable growers during COVID 19 resulting in a 400% sales increase at his own employer. read more about the story here.
- Farmer-to-Farmer assignment leads to new investment in Timor-Leste cooperative. Read more about the story here.
- F2F volunteer training on new fish farming techniques brightened business prospects for Kabeihura Farmers Limited (KFL). KFL supplied 300 smallholder farmers with fingerlings and shared these new techniques t0 70 fish farmers. These trainings improved farmer success in raising fish and helped KFL reduce its budget for on-farm support. Read more about the story here.