How we work with farmer cooperatives
Smallholder farmers provide 90% of the food that we eat. They own significant land, yet over 60% of smallholder farmers go hungry and live in Poverty.
- Derive little or no profit from their farm
- Lack access to
- Quality input services (like seeds, fertilizer, herbicides, labor, mechanization)
Profitable farming requires the efficient coordination of multiple services often beyond the scope of capabilities of an individual smallholder or even a small cooperative. Access to credit often requires verifiable record keeping that is consistent with lender requirement. Cooperatives need timely access to credit, farm input, and mechanization in order to be successful. Financial record keeping and governance are also very important. Safari Cities can help the Cooperative with these issues and more, such that the group can focus on its core business activity of cultivating crops.
Safari Cities has created an integrated set of services to improve farmers’ access to credit financing, and quality input services through our many trading partners. We believe that to increase the farmers profit in a sustainable way, farmers need to have increased yields and direct access to the market.
In addition to the smallholder farmer services offered through our trading partners, we also provide tools for the cooperative to improve on record keeping, governance, and profit sharing among members. Such tools provided through our mobile enabled technology platform include features to track member data, production history, and predictive production forecast that is required for contracting with large processors. We provide financial literacy training, and help automate repetitive tasks.