This program helps poor rural families start small businesses providing goods and services to other farmers. It has been successful in Cambodia and we hope to replicate it in Ghana and Ethiopia.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Lack of irrigation, poor seed quality and limited access to markets prevent many of these people from earning enough to support their families through agriculture. In response, we created the Farm Business Advisor program. FBAs are independent micro-entrepreneurs trained by IDE to encourage and equip farmers to grow market-oriented crops. In Cambodia, the program recently won the Nestle Prize in Creating Shared Value. We hope to replicate it in Ghana and Ethiopia.
How will this project solve this problem?
The project increases income for poor farmers by helping participants start micro-businesses which help other poor farmers grow high value market oriented crops. More information: www.ideorg.org/OurResults/SuccessStories/Cambodia_FBA_Story
Potential Long Term Impact
We will train 20 micro-entrepreneurs in Ghana and Ethiopia, providing services such as bulk purchasing power, credit access, market information, new product development, and promotion. These in turn can help thousands escape extreme poverty.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.