How we work with farmers
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)
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.
We help our farmers with increased yields by providing timely access to improved seeds, other inputs, training for best agro practices, mechanization services, and credit financing to support smallholder growth.
We work with our farmers to organize them into groups, provide governance and encourage the creation of contiguous parcels of land through negotiation with stakeholders. Contiguous parcels of land are required to improve the cost effectiveness of mechanization. In our experience, large parcels of agricultural land are usually available within the local community, and sometimes it’s owned by a member of the farmer group who has access to a large family land.
We focus on strategies that enhance local community development by encouraging and catalyzing the local processing of farmer’s harvest.
The end result is that the farmer’s realized profit increases (usually over 300% of the average farmer profits).
Safari Cities gets paid by charging for our services that will be deducted from the proceeds of the farmers’ harvest or sometimes through appropriately structured credit financing.