Fintrac specializes in improving postharvest handling, storage, and processing to reduce losses, improve quality and food safety, add value, and generate on- and off-farm employment opportunities. We have also fueled the development of new processing industries, such as individually quick-frozen fruits and vegetables and new lines of juices, purees, and essential oils. By developing competitive processing industries, we are expanding employment and supply opportunities. Since 2000, Fintrac has helped create more than 275,000 new jobs.
Fintrac's approach focuses on a suite of integrated interventions across the agricultural value chain - from analysis to marketing to technical assistance - all of which help us achieve our mission of developing agricultural solutions to end hunger and poverty. We also incorporate cross-cutting themes such as gender integration, environmental protection, and health and nutrition into all aspects of our work. Everything we do is to improve the well-being of farmers and rural families. Read more about our approach by clicking on the practice areas to the left.
Building Local Capacity
Fintrac trains local associations, institutions, and buyers to integrate small-scale farmers into supply chains by helping them meet the demands of the marketplace. We design and deliver technical trainings in agriculture technologies, postharvest handling and processing, market development, and business management. Our capacity building work has resulted in contracts between national supermarket chains and small-scale farmers; hundreds of thousands of dollars in new investments; and a multi-million dollar revolving credit fund.
Because sustainable land use and practices are essential to long-term profitability and social equity, Fintrac brings environmental stewardship to the forefront of agricultural development. We have trained hundreds of thousands of farmers to protect and efficiently use water resources, primarily through the installation and management of basic irrigation systems. We promote soil conservation through raised and contoured beds, trellising, mulching, and use of appropriate fertilizers. Our technicians also assist governments improve pesticide registries, regulations, and control measures to comply with international standards.
Fintrac has extensive experience researching food assistance and markets to provide donors with thorough analyses to ensure efficient management and distribution of food commodities.
Recognizing that women often hold the key to improving the quality of life for rural families, Fintrac strives to provide women with equitable access to production, credit, markets, and training opportunities. We integrate women into agricultural value chains to ensure all household members benefit from expanded economic opportunities. To do this, Fintrac focuses on five key pathways: reducing time and labor demands, expanding access to knowledge, unlocking access to inputs and assets, increasing income, and broadening decision making authority.
Fintrac knows that a successful farmer must be a healthy farmer, so our integrated approach to sustainable food security includes improving the overall health and well-being of rural households. Our health and nutrition specialists collaborate with field technicians on a daily basis so clients farmers receive training in both good agricultural practices and behavior change health messages. Fintrac also works with local partners and our farmer clients to improve water, sanitation, and hygiene by building latrines and hand washing stations; implementing waste management practices; and improving on-farm water conservation.
Good nutrition and sustainable food security depend on three cornerstones: increasing the availability of healthy foods, expanding household purchasing power, and broadening nutritional knowledge. Fintrac delivers practical assistance and educational training to hundreds of thousands of vulnerable households to help them produce and access the healthy foods they need to improve their overall health and well-being.
Production Practices and Technologies
Fintrac and its partners help smallholder farmer produce crops better and smarter by introducing good agricultural practices (GAPs) and technologies that enhance productivity, providing immediate returns to household income and food security. By integrating GAPs with small-scale technologies, we rapidly increase yields to multiply smallholder incomes by two, three, and even 10 times in one year. Our recommended practices and technologies are low-cost, relatively simple to implement, promote environmental sustainability, and improve food safety.
Fintrac provides trainings, opens access to inputs, and promotes income-generating activities for hundreds of thousands of youth to ensure they make the most of agricultural opportunities in their countries.