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Agricultural Innovation Weekly Highlights – April 29, 2016

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Over the course of the Agriculture Innovation Challenge, we'll be featuring highlights of contributions from each of our themed mission areas. This week, we've seen an incredible number of inspirations and thought-starters from our global community. As the Ideas Phase progresses, we would love for you to spread the word and invite organizations working within these focus areas to join the challenge!

Mission 1: Access to Financial Resources

Using Village Savings and Loans –  An initiative to create Village Savings and Loans programs for women farmers that do not have access to proper banking services in rural Sierra Leone.

Mission 2: Connection to Markets

Food Rescue Program – An idea to setup Food Donation programs that will channel surplus and unmarketable crops to aid food insecure communities in Tanzania.

Mission 3: Access to Information

Postharvest Training and Service Center  – An initiative to build postharvest centers with training programs and processing facilities to help small-scale farmers in Uganda reduce food waste.

Mission 4: Storage and Processing

Turn Corn Cobs into Clean Energy – A mission to deliver biomass gasifiers capable of turning agricultural waste into clean energy for off the grid communities in Liberia.

We’re looking forward to seeing your ideas for bringing resilience innovation to urban slum communities. Join the challenge to support communities as they adapt and transform to meet the challenges of climate change!

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I am waiting for this month/year highlights made by you. I love to sum up all things!

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You are doing such a progress every week, it's unbelieveable! Great job :)

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I really like this one, we should focus more on agricultural cases! Love it!

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I love every agricultural progress ideas! I think it's one of the most important things. Great job guys.

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i agree with forming cooperatives societies for small scale farmers OR Using or model FADAMA seed lending and repurchasing contract agreements.

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Using village savings and loans is not enough. Expanding the idea to farmers cooperatives will provide sustainable improvement in access to financial resources. Small scale farmers have always got loans but lack equipment to use. They always face challenges with marketing hence low incomes. They can only be able to save if they have sold the produce. In addition, bigger farm equipment like pumps are still expensive to buy by small scale farmers. From the business point of view, owning an equipment which you don't use often is unwise, this has been the mistakes small scale farmers do. In the long run, the fixed capital investment is high yet princess are determined by the market. In such situations, small scale farmers can't even maintain the equipment. They will run for loans to replace the equipment. It's high time we empowered small scale farmers to operate as viable business units. If the small scale farmers are organized in cooperatives, they will be able contribute and buy the big equipment. They will be able to sell together at a good price and in time to bulk markets. I therefore propose that the Idea I posted "Farmers Cooperatives Development Center" would provide a quite sustainable solution.