Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Excessive use of chemical agro products over the years has resulted in poor yields and degradation of farms lands for Dekaworwor Harborbor Women’s Group, a community based farmer group. With the introduction to sustainable agriculture by the PALMS team, the group has increased the yields of their vegetable produce three times the previous and now has access to tractors, power tillers and brush cutters, biomass and solar dryers for drying their produce thereby reducing post-harvest losses and quick access to local markets. Mary, the leader, is using gas stove for cooking instead of charcoal, thereby reducing by 75% the time spent previously. With the reduction in time poverty, she is able to engage in further fruitful business deals.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
300,000 farmers, of which 250,000 are women, from over 200 women and community based organizations in five regions of the country have been reached through 20 trained NGOs with the requisite training in the use of appropriate technologies. A 30% increase in the use of renewable energy especially solar by women in their agricultural endeavors with a corresponding 40% increase in the use of mechanized machinery and equipment by women is resulting in 10-300% increase in their incomes. A good carbon sink has been created with over 100,000 acres of moringa trees planted. A national policy on mechanized farming and irrigation has been established. Ancillary industries for plant growth hormones, organic fertilizers, biofuels, ethanol, animal feed, pharmaceutical raw materials, water purification and moringa based products are being planned in the next few years.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
2016 – 2020. Various demonstration farms and plant pools set up in all the 10 regions with production of organic disease suppressing compost, fertilizers and pesticides. Market based mobile telephony established and research and improvement of technologies and systems strengthened. 2021-2025. Production and distribution of tractors, solar dryers and other agricultural implements. Our Co-operative Finance Institute linked up with banks for equipment leasing. Proper air-conditioned distribution channels established. The program expected to be self-sustaining by the end of the tenth year.