Fintrac field technicians, and local partners well-trained in our proven methodologies, regularly provide practical technical assistance to grower groups. We promote crop diversification, always mindful to strike a balance between nutritious home consumption and income generation. Many of our clients are able to grow food and cash crops on less than 1,000 square meters of land, and we encourage even the smallest producers to treat their farms as businesses.
By integrating good agricultural practices with small-scale technologies, Fintrac rapidly increases yields to multiply smallholder incomes by two, three, and even ten times in one year. That income fuels dramatic improvements in food security, health, education, housing, and overall quality of life.
Transferring Good Agricultural Practices
Fintrac recommends GAPs – low-cost and relatively simple to implement – to directly impact productivity. GAPs also contribute to environmental sustainability and improve food safety, which is why many buyers prefer to work with Fintrac clients that have adopted them. The practices we transfer and promote include raised beds to minimize crop damage from rain and flooding and facilitate harvesting; natural mulching to preserve moisture, aerate the soil, and develop nutrients; and intercropping and rotation to replenish soil and break pest cycles. Other practices include minimizing tillage to preserve soil health, increasing plant density to boost yields, and integrating pest management to protect plants and minimize agrochemical use.
- Raised beds
- Crop rotation
- Calendarized planting
- Plant spacing
- Drip irrigation
- Live barriers
- Greenhouse planting
- Integrated pest management
- Sack gardens
Adapting and Innovating Technologies
Fintrac adapts modern agricultural technologies to smallholder needs. Some productivity-enhancing technologies, such as drip irrigation and greenhouse production systems, have traditionally been beyond the reach of smallholder farmers because of the required investment. Soluble fertilizers, biological pest controls, hybrid seeds, and other modern, improved inputs provide a multitude of benefits including increased pest and disease resistance and higher quality produce. Adapting such technologies to the smallholder setting provides the same improved results but at a lower cost.
Fintrac’s integration of these technologies with GAPs delivers even more benefits, including sustainable land and water use, better crop health, and drastically improved yields, which has enabled thousands of smallholders to participate in commercial supply chains in each country where Fintrac has worked.
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