This project is competing for bonus prizes
through the AFFORD Diaspora Accelerator. Terms and conditions apply.

Unlock the market for 3,000 Zimbabwean farmers

by The Global Native

Summary

Some solutions are simple - not easy, but simple. This is the case - the farmers we support grow perishable vegetables for the urban market. They are good at what they do, the produce is good and in the cities the demand is plentiful. Just one problem - getting that produce from rural fields to the city tables can be very difficult for a rural farmer. In addition it can be so costly as to make the whole enterprise not worthwhile for the farmer.

$5,000
total goal
$5,000
remaining
30
days

Challenge

Rural roads can quite bad, and very few transport operators are willing to do these routes. This combination of perishable produce and limited transport creates a market for middlemen who buy the produce cheap and resell for a profit. For the farmers this is the choice - pay the middlemen or run the risk of the tomatoes rotting in the fields while waiting for transport. But both these options pretty much wipe out the farmer's profit.

Solution

This is the simple solution - provide reliable, affordable transport for the farmers. This lets farmers do what they do best - they can plan, knowing they will be able to move the produce to the market, knowing exactly what that will cost them, and what profits they will make. This simple fact unlocks the whole developmental chain that has seen good produce perish in the fields in Africa while the farmers' living standards continue to stagnate.

Long-Term Impact

This simple act - unlocking access to the market - achieves so much. It improves the farmers' ability to plan, reduces produce loses and reduces vulnerability to middlemen. What all this means is that the farmers' livelihoods are greatly enhanced - we've seen farmers scale up production, creating on farm job opportunities for local youth. And of course the greatest beneficiaries are the families - this means school fees being paid, it means medical access is secured if needed, it's a win-win!

Resources

https:/​/​tgntalks.wordpress.com/​

Organization Information

The Global Native

Location: Leeds - United Kingdom
Website: https:/​/​tgntalks.wordpress.com/​
Project Leader:
Na Ncube
Leeds, United Kingdom
Donations: $0 raised ($4,175 needed)
 
Donors: 0 (40 needed)
 
Time left to give
Donate Now Add Project to Favorites
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

Help raise money for this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page for this project.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.