As of September 2021, more than 217 cashew, peanut and vegetables farmers were trained on organic production. By now, they have started producing organically and expanding their businesses. Some were able to increase sales, produce more and hire people on their farms. Others were able to diversify their farms by, for example, adding beekeeping to their traditional cashew business. To realize the project, a private sector contribution of 76,031.43 Euros has been mobilised for procurement of equipment, construction of nursery, certification and other project management costs.
Further, it is planned to create three cooperatives – one in each of the supply chains: cashew, peanut and vegetables. By now, one cooperative is officially registered and raring to go.
Beyond that, the project is attracting the attention of many surrounding farmers. Especially the number of women who want to join the project is increasing.
To implement this project, SO-B-GREEN Limited is supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in the context of Invest for Jobs on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).