Fintrac helps local partners integrate small-scale farmers into commercial industries.
Training the Trainers
Our business and extension staff support input suppliers, farmer groups, industry associations, research institutions, banks, processors, exporters, supermarkets, and freight consolidators to integrate smallholder producers into supply chains by helping them meet the demands of the marketplace. Addressing knowledge and technology gaps, we also work with government extension and research agencies, NGOs, and agricultural schools to build their capacities. We prove every day that expanded local capacity translates into increased sales, incomes, and investment, and have designed tools that track these outcomes.
Fintrac designs and delivers demonstration-based training and technical assistance in:
- Good Agricultural Practices: soil analysis and crop nutrition, land preparation, crop diversification, integrated pest management
- Agricultural Technologies: seedling nurseries, drip irrigation, greenhouse production, cooling systems
- Postharvest Handling: packhouse design, storage, warehouse receipts, cold chain management
- Processing: product development, food fortification, process flow, HACCP
- Market Development: market studies, price reports, feasibility analyses, traceability programs, standards and compliance
- Business Management: crop budgets, access to finance, accounting, pricing, inventory control, record keeping
Our work with local partners creates tangible impact. For instance:
- Capacity building for local banks and borrowers resulted in $15.8 million in new loans to the agricultural sector in Zimbabwe.
- In Cambodia, hundreds of small-sized input suppliers, wholesalers, and distributors generated $22 million in incremental sales over five years.
- In Kenya, capacity building of 4,200 government nutrition specialists led to dissemination of crticial agri-nutrition messages of balanced diets, hygiene and sanitation, and nutrition monitoring to more than 355,000 parents and children.
- In Honduras, training in food safety and good manufacturing practices increased sales revenues for a local food processing company by 243 percent.
- The adoption of calendarized planting and drip irrigation by smallholder farmer groups increased green onion yields by 75 percent and net income per hectare by 83 percent in Central America.