We promoted improved food security and nutrition by strengthening producer groups

2008 – 2013

Through the USAID funded SANA Project, a consortium between NCBA CLUSA, Save the Children and AfriCare, we promoted conservation agriculture practices, introduced new sesame varieties, trained farmers in improved post-harvest techniques and financed the construction of five new warehouses, produced smallholder appropriate reference manuals for the all the principal crops, linked farmers to inputs and output markets and supported their access to credit services – enabling over 300 groups to open bank accounts and farmers to organize themselves into 1,500 credit and savings groups. We also trained farmer groups in governance so that, with our support, 2,200 associations (involving 77,000 smallholders) could become legalized and 12 cooperatives legalized themselves under the new cooperative law.