Babban Gona

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Smallholder farmers' low economies of scale inhibit access to the credit required to purchase agricultural inputs, access to appropriate information on best practices to optimize yields, and the ability to delay the sale of their produce to attain a higher price as the product value appreciates postharvest. Babban Gona is addressing this challenge by forming smallholder farmer cooperatives called trust groups, which enable maize, rice, and soybean farmers to attain high economies of scale. Babban Gona provides member farmers with services designed to optimize crop yields, production costs, and prices of agricultural outputs, thereby increasing profitability and in turn improving household food security and livelihoods.

Outcome: 20,000 smallholder farmers will be formalized into trust groups with collective new incomes of $2,000,000.