This week the Trade Hub conducted a grant monitoring trip to the Manica province of Mozambique to visit farmer groups being trained by Strategic Partnership grantee Solidaridad. The grant is providing training for lead farmers (who will train other farmers) and extension workers on good agronomic practices based on crop rotation
The purpose of the assessment was to check the effectiveness of the training being carried out and ensure high quality work from the grantee. The Trade Hub visited three groups of farmers in training and collected very positive results from each group. The three demo plots observed are well managed with healthy crops, some of which are ready for harvesting.
The farmer leaders were asked to demonstrate how they trained the farmers in their groups on improved agronomic practices and aflatoxin reduction. The leaders displayed superior understanding of the concepts and were able to articulate clearly the techniques used to facilitate higher productivity and safer crops for consumption. The trainee farmers in turn demonstrated understanding of crop rotation technology and the primary methods used in recovering and improving soil nutrition, which leads to higher productivity. In addition to the demo plots visited, the farmers are engaged in quality soy and groundnut seed multiplication for distribution among themselves.
The assessment soundly demonstrated that the Strategic Partnership Grant is meeting its objectives and is on course to achieve the desired results and impact.