HOW WE ENGAGE OUR BENEFICIARIES
Through community Leaders, we identify and engage youth aged between 15-35 years interested to be engaged into farming, sign with them contracts to produce and sell to us their produce at a price a bit higher than the market price. We offer higher prices because when we buy, we store the produce and add value by cleaning and sorting them and earn an additional profit.
We engage youth on not more than two acres of land at a cost of $1500 per youth including the money for individual trainings, farm inputs, crop insurance, buying, transportation and storage of the produce.
All the money we use to support the farmer comes back since we deduct the farm inputs costs at the time of buying, store the produce and add value and sell in times of scarcity and earn a profit.
We are currently working with 20 youth and we project to add more 5 youth for the coming season but with more resources, we are shall able to engage more youth since we have already determined the cost needed for every youth to be engaged into contract farming with us.
We engage the youth for only three years before they graduate to become champions, role models and our agricultural ambassadors in local communities.
We expect that by the end of the third year, our youth beneficiaries should have acquired good agronomic practices skills, built strong groups and generated enough money to buy inputs by themselves and sustain their production.
When the youth graduate, the money we have been using to support them is reinvested to support more youth interested in engaging into contract farming with us.
The graduates of our programs are later linked to the markets where we also sell produce so that they can sell to them directly but we also give them an option where they can still supply us with their produce so that we sell on their behalf and pay them when the buyer pays and the second option works better since we shall have built trust among the youth we have engaged for three years without fail.