Export Marketing Company Limited

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EMCL is providing farmers with access to storage facilities, market opportunities, quality agro inputs, and mechanization equipment. The company is setting up state-of-the-art retail hubs, each consisting of an agro input retailer, farm equipment dealer, and warehouse facility. The hubs will allow smallholder farmers the opportunity to sell or store their production of maize and beans free of charge for 90 days, allowing them to receive higher sales prices at a later time. The hubs also allow farmers to purchase seeds, fertilizers, and pest control products that are currently unavailable. Another partner, Technobrain Limited, is developing and implementing a mobile platform with up-to-date weather forecasts, commodity pricing, pest control advice and other information for smallholder farmers. Finally, EMCL is training mostly women entrepreneurs to manage the hubs.

Outcome: Nearly 23,000 smallholder farmers will access storage facilities, market opportunities, quality agro inputs, information via a mobile-based platform, and mechanization equipment, and 23 entrepreneurs - mainly women - will manage retail outlets.

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