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ComCashew

The Competitive Cashew initiative (ComCashew) was created in 2009. It focuses on building a sustainable cashew value chain. The project's main objective is to increase the competitiveness of African cashew smallholders, processors and other actors of the value chain. By doing so, about 512,000 ComCashew-trained farmers (19% women) earn an average annual income of 880 EUR. Additionally, cashew processing in Africa has increased from 3% to about 10% since the beginning of the project.


Benin
Duration: 2009 - 2018
  • 142,756 farmers trained in GAP or FBS. Thereof 23,309 women (16%)
  • Yield increase of 202% from 129 kg/ha in 2010 to 389 kg/ha yield in 2018
  • Average net income per farmer from cashew production: 509 Euro in 2018
Burkina Faso
Duration: 2009 - 2018
  • 51,636 farmers trained in GAP or FBS. Thereof 10,719 women (21%)
  • Yield increase of  138% from 129 kg/ha in 2010 to 307 kg/ha in 2018
  • Average net income per farmer from cashew production: 839 Euro in 2018
Côte d'Ivoire
Duration: 2009 - 2018
  • 163,440 farmers trained in GAP or FBS. Thereof 20,179 women (12%)
  • Yield increase of 93% from 336 kg/ha in 2010 to 650 kg/ha in 2018
  • Average net income per farmer from cashew production: 810 Euro in 2018
Ghana
Duration: 2009 - 2018
  • 47,813 farmers trained in GAP or FBS. Thereof 13,292 women (28%)
  • Yield increase of 42% from 530 kg/ha in 2010 to 750 kg/ha in 2018
  • Average net income per farmer from cashew production: 1,727 Euro in 2018
Mozambique
Duration: 2009 - 2018
  • 107,348 farmers trained in GAP. Thereof 27,982 women (26%)
  • Yield stays constant with 157 kg/ha in 2018
  • Average net income per farmer from cashew production: 681 Euro in 2018
Sierra Leone
Duration: 2017-2020

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SSAB

Sustainable Cocoa Business, the precursor of SSAB, has developed the Farmer Business School (FBS) approach with local partners in 2010. Until now, 700 specialized FBS trainers from partners have trained 480,679 smallholders (thereof 142,149 women). Over 196,279 smallholders (31% women) have received GAP training for cocoa and food production. 31 Business Service Centers have served over 158,000 clients with inputs, technical services and financial services. 52% of FBS graduates opened saving accounts. 41% received loans for cocoa or food production. 40% of trained groups registered producer organizations. In Nigeria, 6 new producer federations (>98,000 members) emerged from FBS trainings. Average cocoa yields increased by 59% (baseline 348 kg/ha). Maize yields have reached in average 2.01 t/ha (106% increase). The annual income from non-cocoa products alone is between 668 and 3,581 USD (Baseline: 54 to 165USD per household; according to country).


Cameroon
Duration: 2009-2018
  • 100,739 farmers trained in FBS. Thereof 28,397 women (28%)
  • 26% of FBS graduates opened savings accounts.
  • 57% of trained farmers apply Good Agricultural Practice and post-harvest methods for cocoa.
  • Cocoa and maize yields increased between 41% and 85%.
Côte d’Ivoire
Duration: 2009-2018
  • 102,097 farmers trained in FBS. Thereof 20,813 women (20%)
  • 87% of trained farmers apply Good Agricultural Practice and post-harvest methods for cocoa.
  • Cocoa yields have increased by 91%.
Ghana
Duration: 2009-2018
  • 166,759 farmers trained in FBS. Thereof 53,048 women (32%).
  • 63% of FBS graduates opened saving accounts.
  • 36% of trained groups registered producer organizations
  • 84% of trained farmers apply Good Agricultural Practice and post-harvest methods for cocoa. 
  • Cocoa and maize yields increased between 16% and 19%.
Nigeria
Duration: 2009-2018
  • 102,929 farmers trained in FBS. Thereof 37,513 women (36%).
  • 97% of FBS graduates opened saving accounts.
  • 41% of trained farmers received loans for cocoa or food production.
  • 39% of trained groups registered producer organizations.
  • Cocoa and maize yields increased between 90% and 120%.
Togo
Duration: 2014-2018
  • 8,155 farmers trained in FBS since 2015. Thereof 1,562 women (19%).
  • 41% of FBS graduates opened savings accounts.
  • 27% received loans for cocoa and food production.
  • 57% of trained farmers apply Good Agricultural Practice methods for cocoa.
  • Due to bad weather conditions in the survey year 2017, cocoa and maize yield have not changed compared to 2014. In addition, there is still no recognized formula for mineral fertilizer available.

COMPACI

The Competitive African Cotton Initiative (COMPACI) was launched in 2009. It aims at enabling 900,000 smallholders in twelve countries of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) to sustainably increase the productivity of their cotton and food crop production. By doing so, the initiative raised their incomes by 35%. In this way, the initiative reached nearly 30% of all cotton farmers in SSA. Since cotton sales contribute up to 50% of the smallholders’ cash incomes, it allows them to improve their living conditions.


Benin
Duration: 2009 - 2017
  • 52,197 farmers trained. Thereof 6,674 women (13%)
  • Average yield of 905 kg/ha between 2008-2015
Burkina Faso
Duration: 2009 - 2018
  • 48,385 farmers trained. Thereof 3,333 women (7%)
  • Average yield of 905 kg/ha between 2008-2015
Cameroon
Duration: 2013 - 2017
  • 226,491 farmers trained. Thereof 30,143 women (13%)
  • Average yield of 1,182 kg/ha between 2009-2015
Côte d’Ivoire
Duration: 2009 - 2017
  • 92,821 farmers trained. Thereof 14,567 women (16%)
  • Average yield of 987 kg/ha between 2008-2015
Ethiopia
Duration: 2013 - 2017
  • 13,400 farmers trained.Thereof 1,388 women (10%)
  • Average yield of 1,175 kg/ha between 2014-2015
Ghana
Duration: 2013 - 2017
  • 21,446 farmers trained
  • Average yield of 723 kg/ha between 2013-2015
Malawi
Duration: 2009 - 2017
  • 65,145 farmers trained. Thereof 23,004 women (35%)
Mozambique
Duration: 2009 - 2017
  • 46,000 farmers trained. Thereof 13,118 women (29%)
Tansania
Duration: 2013 - 2017
  • 73,749 farmers trained. Thereof 14,380 women (19%)
Uganda
Duration: 2013 - 2017
  • 8,109 farmers trained. Thereof 3,196 women (39%)
Zambia
Duration: 2009 - 2017
  • 248,616 farmers trained. Thereof 80,185 women (32%)
Zimbabwe
Duration: 2013 - 2017
  • 39,173 farmers trained. Thereof 4,757 women (12%)

CARI

Since the beginning of the project in 2013, the Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) trained more than 184,403 smallholders in GAP or FBS trainings in four African countries. This results in a total outreach to about  750,000 beneficiaries who were able to increase their incomes and to improve their food security. Through the Matching Grant Fund mechanism, smallholders and local processors (e.g. rice mills) receive technical and financial support to ensure access to high quality inputs and improved technologies. Moreover, project activities strengthened supplier relationships between producers and processors which are essential for enabling the business environment. Average yields of CARI trained farmers increased by up to 185% compared to the baseline.


Burkina Faso
Duration: 2013-2021
  • 13,298 farmers trained. Thereof 5,648 women (42 %)
  • yield increase of 90% between 2013 and 2017: from 3,000 kg/ha to 5,700 kg/ha (for irrigated production)
  • yield increase of 110% between 2013 and 2017: from 2,000 kg/ha to 4,200 kg/ha (rainfed production)
  • 3,156 CARI farmers have received pre-financed inputs
Ghana
Duration: 2013-2019
  • 32,116 farmers trained. Thereof 15,148 women (47%)
  • yield increase of 110% between 2013 and 2017: from 2,000 kg/ha to 4,200 kg/ha (for rainfed production)
  • 13,205 farmers have received pre-financed inputs
Nigeria
Duration: 2013-2021
  • 99,290 farmers trained. Thereof 27,421 women (27%)
  • yield increase of 136% between 2013 and 2017: from 2,500 kg/ha to 5,900 kg/ha (for irrigated production)
  • yield increase of 185% between 2013 and 2017: from 2,000 kg/ha to 5,700 kg/ha (rainfed production)
  • 58,747 farmers have received pre-financed inputs
Tansania
Duration: 2013-2021
  • 39,699 farmers trained. Thereof 19,031 women (48%)
  • yield increase of 100% between 2013 and 2017: from 2,000 kg/ha to 4,000 kg/ha (for irrigated production)
  • yield increase of 140% between 2013 and 2017: from 1,500 kg/ha to 3,600 kg/ha (rainfed production)
  • 19,781 farmers have received pre-financed inputs