This article is part of the December 2019’s Newsletter.
1/ Yes WE CAN … grow veggetables without chemicals !
2/ Improvement of the soil structure by adding compost
3/ Types of crops grown
4/ Following the progress made by the replicators
5/ Sudarshan’s venue to Switzerland and France
6/ Improving the yield of the demo farm
7/ Setting up the distribution channels
8/ Challenges of the coming months
We are now in December 2019. For the moment, we have had 8 farmers trained by Sudarshan. They have grown crops and they are starting to produce vegetables. Our main concern now is to proove that we have the capacity to market their food production for them at a higher price than the current local market prices.
But, beyond selling the vegetables, we also want to improve their yield and test their capacity to train other farmers to implement the same knowledge that they received a semester ago. This is key to demonstrating our scaling effect.
Indeed, each farmer has the potential to train immediatly 10 to 15 farmers in the same village, and there is an average of 100 farmers per village. Since we have 8 trainers in the loop, we have the potential to train an average of 800 farmers in the coming 1st semester of 2020. The more certified trainers we have, the more trained farmers we get.
The challenge is also to monitor how they train, if the knowledge shared is given in an appropriate manner, and also if the farmers trained actually manage to implement correctly this knowledge. This requires monitoring and supervision. This is why we are planing on engaging technical agronomists who will overview the training but also the farmers.
To go deeper into the explainations, we have prepared the following articles that detail each of this points, and more.
- Increase the entrepreneurship mindset of the farmers
- Create the cooperative in Nepal
- Create a distribution channel to sell the food to major cities
- Increase the number of trained farmers (train the trainers approach)
- Kickoff our micro finance organization to finance more farmers
We definitly need your ideas, comments, feedback so if you feel like connecting with us, we’d be more than happy to get in touch.