Farm Concern International (FCI), an Africa-wide agri-market development agency, has partnered with Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to link 113,292 smallholder cassava and sweet potato farmers in 272 commercial villages in Kenya and Tanzania with 244 buyers in a project dubbed Expanded Commercial Village Processing Programme (ECVPP).
The project goal is to increase the smallholder farmers’ productivity and market access for cassava and sweet potato in Busia, Makueni, Kilifi, Mtwapa, Mwala and Homabay in Kenya and Meru and Kibaha sites in Tanzania.
It is estimated that the project will consume USD 144 million, support from AGRA, and will last for a period of 3 years.
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aims to strengthen the capacity and efficiency of farmer organizations to inclusively produce cassava and sweet potato, and market collectively through commercial villages.
The programme also promotes use of agronomic best practices and quality inputs for increased market-led production for these value chains.
A core component of this programme is market linkages to cassava and sweet potato smallholder farmers to markets.