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Introduction:

 

IASP initially starts for its piloting intervention period from July’11 to December’15. GBK has taken an intervention to provide technical assistance on IASP to uplift socio-economic growth of small farm families through practicing profitable agricultural technology & marketing durable links with marketswith the technical and financial assistance of Syngenta Foundation Bangladesh (SFB). There are 2000 small & marginal farmers of Parbatipur & Nowabgonj Upazila of Dinajpur District and Badargonj Upazila of Rangpur District under the project. One Project Coordinator (PC) as like as Mentor, 02 Unit Officers (UO) and 08 Field Organizers (FO) is directly involved in the project implementation and cordially acts as a TEAM (Together Efforts Achieve More).The Deputy Director-Social Development of GBK acts as Focal Personnel of IASP.

 

 

 

Project Participants/ Beneficiaries:

 

*Total=2000 (Male-1941 & Female-59)

 

*Type/Nature: Small & Marginal Farmer

 

*Age group: Except Child & Aged People

 

*Socio-economic status: 25-250 decimal land holders

 

 

 

Project Period:

 

From July, 2011 to December, 2015

 

 

 

Project Goal, Objective & Theme:

 

Goal:

 

Making Durable Links with Markets Profitable for Smallholders

 

Objectives:

Improving market access of primary producers to develop a market-led production system Productivity enhancement of smallholders through technologies in a profitable way

Theme:

To disseminate & adapt agricultural innovations through farmers and to make durable links with markets profitable for smallholders

Donor: Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA), Switzerland

 

Lead: Syngenta Foundation Bangladesh (SFB),Lalmatia, Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

Partners: Gram Bikash Kendra (GBK), Holdibari, Parbatipur, Dinajpur, Bangladesh

 

Geographical Area of Implementation:

Horirumpur, Hamidpur, Monmothpur, Mominpur &  Polashbari Union under Parbatipur Upazila of Dinajpur District, Kushdaho & Joypur Union under Nowabgonj Upazila of Dinajpur District and Kutubpur Union under Badargonj Upazila of Rangpur District

Major Components:

The following four components treated as Value Chain where Project Farmers are directly involved for their socio-economic growth-

 

  • Fresh Vegetables through Farmers Hub
  • Processing Varieties Vegetable Contract Farming with PRAN BD. Ltd.
  • Potato Export Contract Farming with Global Agro Resources Incorporation(GARI)&
  • Seed Production Contract Farming with Syngenta BD. Ltd.

 

Target and Milestones:

   

Project: Value Chains

Value Chain wise

Cumulative Target Number in Project Year

Farmers and Target

2013

2014

2015

IASP: Vegetables for Fresh Market

Farmers (1,000)

600

800

1,000

Lead Farmers /Franchise

4

6

8

Area (acre)

160

240

320

Volume MT

1,200

2,000

2,600

IASP: Vegetables & Spices for Processing

Farmers (250)

75

150

250

Lead farmers/ Franchise

2

3

4

Area (acre)

10

25

50

Volume MT)

25

125

250

IASP: Potato for Export

Farmers (350)

180

240

360

Lead Farmers/ Franchise

4

5

6

Area (acre)

60

90

150

Volume (MT)

400

600

1,000

IASP: Seed Production

Farmers (400)

100

250

400

Lead Farmers/Franchise

3

6

10

Area (acre)

15

30

60

Volume (MT)

6

12

24

 

 

 

Working Approach:

 

The new phase will involve a total of 2,000 farmers supported by 11 field staffs.

 

Activity

Approach

Scoping

Select project locations based on value chain and market demand.

Planning

 

Design and setup value chain projects. Modules for production management, result measurement, input loans and inventory management.

Baseline and need assessment

Conduct baseline survey and need assessment with the targeted groups.

Training

Help farmers in developing production plan, trainings on cultivation and post-harvest technologies, group production and marketing. Organize learning and exposure visits for farmers.

Support Lead Farmers/ Franchise

Select lead farmers to organize supply and collect production for the buyers. Train lead farmers and vendors to plan and support production, set up a data base, and liaise with buyers.

Farmers Hub

 

Strengthen Farmers Hubs through training, exposure visits, coaching and linkages. Help establish commercial management teams for farmers hubs.

ICT and outgrowing operations

 

Develop outgrowing operation manual, service package (training module and learning materials). Assist companies to manage their production program and joint training facilitation. Assess the feasibility and opportunity of inclusion of ICT in managing outgrowing operation in an effective manner.

Linkages among farmers, vendors and buyers

Develop linkages among the vendors and partner companies (PRAN, GARI and Syngenta), ensure smooth flow of farmers produce to the large buyers. For fresh vegetables, link with local wholesalers through Farmers hubs.

Technology transfer

Design and conduct trials and demonstration of new crops/ varieties/ technologies and arrange visits and result sharing sessions with respective stakeholders of the project. These trial and demonstration will be conducted with farmers and companies on cost sharing basis.

Facilitating farmers to link with suitable agri-loan

 

SFB and PNGOs will jointly develop a ‘crop credit guideline for PNGOs’ which will enable PNGOs credit facilities for the project farmers. The project will also encourage PNGOs to provide loan to the potential project farmers on pilot basis. Besides, the project will facilitate project farmers with other microfinance institutes (such as ULC) for soft crop loan.

Metrics and Performance

SFB will collect and analyse field data on regular basis and produce reports on operations. SFB will develop and ensure strong financial and implementation monitoring system throughout the project lifeline.  

 

 

 

Expected outputs and outcomes:

 

IASP is expected to produce results in 3 major areas:

 

  • Farmer’s hub model working well in terms of service provisions and market linkages.
  • Outgrowing operation through lead farmers works well and offer aggregated products to the companies.
  • Crop credit scheme established for commercial producers/ groups.

 

At the end of the project- improved performance of value chains in terms of value addition, chain governance, capacity of actors.

 

Outputs and Outcomes Table:

Seeds & Inputs

Production Efficiency

Product value

Future Services

Buyer- Farmer Linkages

Processed vegetables through Processing Companies (PRAN & ACI)

§     Quality inputs & seeds available 

 

§      Fertilizer Recommendation card

§      Production plan

§      Varieties for processing companies

§      1  MT additional yield per acre

§      500 Farmers

§      150 acres land coverage

§      30% additional income

§      Farmer Hub services

§      Soil tests available

§      Farmers use agricultural equipment

§      Crop loan

§      Linkages with processing companies

§      8 vendor developed

§      Quality & quantity requirements fulfilled

Export potato through contract farming (GARI)

§      Certified seed potatoes available

 

§      Fertilizer Recommendation card

§      Production plan

§     Outgrowers

§       2000 tons export

§      600 farmers

§      300 acres

§     30% additional income

 

§      Farmers Hub

§      Soil tests

§      Equipment

§     Training

§      Crop loan

§      Contract farming

§      10 vendors developed

§      Requirements fulfilled

Vegetable Seed Production with Syngenta

§      Foundation/ Breeder or quality seeds

§      Production plan

§      Producers trained on seed production

§      Contract farming

§      400 farmers

§      100 acres seed production

§      30% additional income

§      Farmers Hub

§      Soil tests available

§      Equipment

§      Crop loan

§      Linkages through contract farming

§      8 vendors developed

§      Requirements fulfilled

Fresh vegetables through (Farmers Hub’s)

§      Quality inputs and seeds

§      8 nurseries

§      Input sellers at Farmers’ Hubs

§      Fertilizer Recommendation card

§      Low cost trellis in vine crops

§      High value crops

§      Production plan

§      2500 farmers 

§      30% additional production

§      BDT 1 per kilogram additional 

§      10% reduction post-harvest losses

 

§      Farmers Hub

§      Soil tests

§      Equipment

§      Crop loan

§      4 Farmers’ Hub

§      80% sales through Farmers’ Hub

§                                 100 buyers in Farmers’ Hub

 

 

 

Activity Plan:

 

 

 Activities

 Target (#)

 Timeframe

Responsibilities

2013

2014

2015

2013

2014

2015

 Common Activities: 

Project Work Plan and Implementation Strategy development

1

-

 -

10 March

-

-

SFB & PNGOs

ToR signing with Partner NGOs

1

-

 -

January

-

-

SFB

ToR signing with Partner Companies

3

-

 -

15 May

-

-

SFB

Staffing (Recruit & Assign as per VCs)

4

-

 -

1 April

-

-

SFB & PNGOs

Project Locations Selection and Finalization

5

-

-

31 March

-

-

SFB & PNGOs

Farmers Selection and Group Formation

2000

-

-

15 April

-

-

SFB & PNGOs

Farmers Profile Preparation

2000

-

-

15 April

-

-

 PNGOs

Conduct Baseline Survey

1

-

-

30 April

-

-

SFB & PNGOs

 Annual Planning  Workshop

1

1

1

March

January

January

SFB

 Monthly Project Coordination Meeting

12

12

12

Monthly

Monthly

Monthly

SFB

 Monthly Planning & Evaluation Meeting 

12

12

12

Monthly

Monthly

Monthly

PNGO

MIS and Monthly Progress Report

12

12

12

Monthly

Monthly

Monthly

 SFB & PNGOs

Half yearly and annual progress report

2

2

2

June-Dec

June-Dec

June-Dec

 SFB & PNGOs

SFB Internal Audit

12

12

12

Monthly

Monthly

Monthly

SFB

External Audit

1

1

1

January

January

January

SFB

 Conduct Impact Assessment

1

1

1

December

December

December

SFB

 Annual Progress Review Workshop 

1

1

1

December

December

December

SFB & PNGO

Project Orientation for Staffs

1

1

1

17-18 April

January

January

SFB

ToT on production & post- harvest handling technologies of high value crops i(veg, potato & spices)

1

1

1

7-9 May

February

February

SFB

Training on Value Chain and group based production system facilitation

1

1

1

18-20 June

March

March

SFB

Training on Organization Development & Group Dynamics

1

0

0

21-23 May

-

-

SFB

Learning exposure visits (for project staffs)

6

6

6

open

Open

open

SFB & PNGOs

Coaching & mentoring  (for project staffs)

open

Open

open

open

Open

open

SFB & PNGOs

Facilitation for preparing production & marketing plan of individual farmers

80

80

80

20-Apr

January

January

PNGOs

Compilation of production plan by group, by staff, by unit (both soft & hard)

4

4

4

30-Apr

January

January

PNGOs

Facilitation of implementation process (follow up monitoring and troubleshooting)

open

Open

open

open

Open

open

SFB & PNGOs

Need Assessment  for capacity building process of targeted groups (Group Farmers & Lead Farmers)

8

8

8

20-Apr

January

January

SFB & PNGOs

Development of Training Module and Materials

1

1

1

30-Apr

January

January

SFB

Development of demo and trial plan with guidelines

1

1

1

30-Apr

January

January

SFB

Linking farmers with PNGO's for crop loans on pilot basis

1

-

-

April

-

-

SFB & PNGOs

Assessment of PNGO's pilot loan scheme with project farmers

1

-

-

July

-

-

SFB & PNGOs

Facilitating PNGOs in preparation of guideline for agriculture loan scheme

1

-

-

August

-

-

SFB & PNGOs

Linking farmers with other MFIs

1

1

1

Open

Open

Open

SFB

 Annual Farmers Rally

2

2

2

15-Dec

15-Dec

15-Dec

PNGO

i. Fresh Vegetables: (1000 Farmers, into 40 Groups)

 Lead Farmers training on managing group based production, aggregation and supply to buyers

5 (4)

5

5

May-Aug-Nov

Mar-Jun-Sept

Mar-Jun-Sept

PNGO

 Lead Farmers Meeting (Value chain focused and situational)

12(6)

12

12

open

Open

open

PNGO

 Group Farmers training on production and marketing of fresh vegetables

240(80)

240

240

May-Aug-Nov

Mar-Jun-Sept

Mar-Jun-Sept

PNGO

 Group Farmers Meeting

480(240)

480

480

Monthly

Monthly

Monthly

PNGO

 Capacity Building Training for Farmers Hub Management Committee 

1

1

1

June

February

February

PNGO

 Farmer-Wholesaler Workshop 

2(2)

2

2

30-Apr

January

January

PNGO

 Learning & Exposure visits for Farmers & Lead Farmers & Wholesalers & FHMC 

5

5

5

Open 

Open

open

PNGO

 Trials with new crops / varieties/ Technologies

5

5

5

May-Aug-Nov

 Mar-Jun-Sept

 Mar-Jun-Sept

SFB & PNGO

Demo with selected crops/ varieties/ Technologies

5

5

5

May-Aug-Nov

 Mar-Jun-Sept

 Mar-Jun-Sept

 PNGO

 Protective Cultivation Demo (Poly shed)

2(2)

2

2

May

May

May

SFB & PNGO

 Farmers Hub Establishment/inclusion of ICT (pilot) in existing FHs

1

1

1

June

January

January

SFB & PNGO

 Farmers Hub operation guideline and business plan development

2

2

2

June

January

January

SFB & PNGO

 Soil Test Support- once

200(2)

200

200

June

June

June

PNGO

 ii. Processed Vegetables incl. spices: (250 Farmers, into 10 Groups)

 Lead Farmers training on managing group based production, aggregation and supply to buyers

1

1

1

June

March

March

PNGO

 Lead Farmers Meeting (Value chain focused and situational)

3(1)

3

3

Open

Open

open

PNGO

 Group Farmers training on production and marketing of fresh vegetables

60(20)

60

60

May-Aug-Nov

Mar-Jun-Sept

Mar-Jun-Sept

PNGO

 Group Farmers Meeting

120(60)

120

120

Monthly

Monthly

Monthly

PNGO

 Capacity Building Training for Vendors & Farmers Hub Management Committee 

1

0

1

June

-

February

PNGO

 Farmers-Vendors-Company Workshop 

0

1

0

-

January

-

SFB & PNGO

 Learning & Exposure visit for Farmers & Vendors 

2(1)

1

2

Open

Open

Open

PNGO

 Trials with new & potential crops / varieties/ Technologies

3

3

3

May-Aug-Nov

 Mar-Jun-Sept

 Mar-Jun-Sept

SFB & PNGO

Demo with selected crops/ varieties/ Technologies

2

2

2

May-Aug-Nov

 Mar-Jun-Sept

 Mar-Jun-Sept

PNGO

 Demo on processing based cropping pattern

1(1)

1

1

April

March

March

PNGO

 Soil Test Support- once

50

50

50

June

June

June

PNGO

 iii. Potato: (350 Farmers into 14 Groups)

 Lead Farmers training on managing group based production, aggregation and supply to buyers

1

1

1

June

March

March

PNGO

 Lead Farmers Meeting (Value chain focused and situational)

3(1)

3

3

Open

Open

Open

PNGO

 Group Farmers training on production and marketing of fresh vegetables

84(28)

84

84

May-Aug-Nov

Mar-Jun-Sept

Mar-Jun-Sept

PNGO

 Group Farmers Meeting

168(84)

168

168

Monthly

Monthly

Monthly

PNGO

 Capacity Building Training for Vendors & Farmers Hub Management Committee 

0

1

0

-

June

-

SFB & PNGO

 Farmers-Vendors-Company Workshop 

1

0

1

30-Apr

-

January

SFB & PNGO

 Learning & Exposure visit for Farmers & Vendors 

1

2

1

Open

Open

Open

PNGO

 Trials with new & potential varieties & Technologies

2

1

2

May-Aug-Nov

 Mar-Jun-Sept

 Mar-Jun-Sept

SFB & PNGO

Demo on potato based cropping pattern

1(1)

1

1

November

November

November

PNGO

Demo on natural storing system of potato

1

1

1

10-Apr

February

February

SFB & PNGO

 Agricultural Equipments& Inputs Support/ Demo

1(1)

1

1

November

November

November

SFB & PNGO

Piloting ICT in managing outgrowing operation

0

1

0

-

October

-

SFB

 Soil Test Support- once

70

70

70

June

June

June

PNGO

 iv. Vegetable Seed Production: (400 Farmers, into 16 Groups)

 Lead Farmers training on managing group based production, aggregation and supply to buyers

2

2

2

June

March

March

PNGO

 Lead Farmers Meeting (Value chain focused and situational)

3(1)

3

3

Open

Open

open

PNGO

 Group Farmers training on production and marketing of fresh vegetables

96(32)

48

64

May-Aug-Nov

Mar-Jun-Sept

Mar-Jun-Sept

PNGO

 Group Farmers Meeting

192(96)

192

192

Monthly

Monthly

Monthly

PNGO

 Capacity Building Training for Vendors & Farmers Hub Management Committee 

1

1

0

23-27 June

June

-

SFB & PNGO

 Farmers-Vendors-Company Workshop 

1

0

1

April

-

January

SFB & PNGO

 Learning & Exposure visit for Farmers & Vendors 

3(1)

3

3

Open

Open

Open

PNGO

 Trial with new  crops / varieties/ Technologies

3

1

2

May-Aug-Nov

 Mar-Jun-Sept

 Mar-Jun-Sept

SFB & PNGO

 Protective Cultivation Demo (Net House)

4

2

2

October

October

October

SFB & PNGO

Demo with seed based cropping pattern

2(2)

2

2

April

March

March

PNGO

 Soil Test Support- once

80

40

60

June

June

June

PNGO

 

 

Brief Description of Project Activities

 

The following Events are the Major Intervention of IASP:

 

Farmers Group Meeting

 

Objectives: To motivate the farmer regarding the modern agricultural technology, its utilization, increasing the cropping intensity of proposed profitable crops & strengthen the local marketing system.

 

Action: Our FOs’ has organized & facilitated the meeting regularly on monthly basis for each farmer group. TO & UO have provided them (FOs’) technical support of crop cultivation, present market information & also monitored their activities to obtain the meeting objectives.

 

Group Farmers Seasonal Training

 

Objectives: To make the farmers familiar on profitable cropping pattern, crop calendar, valuable & easier crop cultivation techniques, soil fertility management, animal husbandry etc.

 

Action: Our FO & UO’s have jointly organized & facilitated the training regularly on quarterly basis for each farmer group. TO provides them current information of sustainable agricultural technology & also monitors their activities to obtain the training goal.

 

Lead Farmers Training

 

Objectives: To make familiar farmers about the cultivation technologies particularly-

 

Crop Agronomy: Improved crop varieties, quality seeds and other inputs & cultural practices.

 

Crop Protection: Identification of important insect pests & diseases of crops and their effective control measures; and techniques of judicious    & safe use of crop protection chemicals and related safety measures.

 

Techniques: Techniques of identifying good quality seeds, fertilizers, pesticides and other agro inputs.

 

Action: We have jointly organized the training two times on annually basis for each lead farmer. TO facilitates & provides farmers current information of sustainable agricultural technology & also motivates them to join the profitable agro-market issues and to obtain the training objectives.

 

 

 

 

 

Cropping Pattern Demo Plot

 

Objectives: To bring fallow lands under cultivation and to introduce additional crops between seasons & also introducing intercropping/ relay cropping practices of farmers through developed profitable cropping pattern

 

Action: Cropping patterns have developed by DAE Personnel/Consultants demanding on crops market value and farmer’s profit. Our TEAM has played the vital role to ensure cropping pattern demo plot establishment in farmers cropping area.

 

Processing Crop Variety Trial Plot

 

Objectives: To introduce improved high yielding/hybrid crop varieties, quality seeds, proper agronomic practices etc. among farmer

 

Action: SFB selects unreleased crop varieties and our TEAM ensures processing crop variety trial plot establishment in farmers’ crop field and providing proper technical support among farmers

 

Agro Information Centre (AIC)
Objectives:
To disseminate techniques & information of profitable crop production among farmers and holding meetings & trainings

 

Action: All members of our TEAM dedicate to aware farmers about their small agriculture farm for upgrading their socio-economic condition and including them in the mainstream of society.

 

Agricultural Collection Point (ACP)

 

Objectives: To sell growers products collectively from these place and earn better price by shortening the chains to market

 

Action: All members of our TEAM and ACP Committee encourage & invite wholesalers to these collection points for increasing farmers’ economic yield through continuation of growers products sell to vendors and also increases market accessibility of primary producers for better local market development. We also maintain market chain by updating crops value, its fluctuation and strong relation with market players.

 

New Crop Technology Establishment

 

Objectives: To adapt developed crop variety & cheaper local technology for sustainable agriculture

 

 

 

Action: We always search developed crop varieties and cheaper local technology for farmers. Our TEAM encourages & enforces farmers to adapt these innovative for upgrading their profit.

Agricultural Equipments & Inputs Support

 

Objectives: To provide grants to farmers for learning, acquiring and using modern equipments & inputs, as and when possible

 

Action: IASP Provides Power Tiller, Power Sprayer, Corn Sheller, Potato Harvester, Shallow Machine with Irrigation Threat Pipe, Potato Planter Plough, Sprayer, Plastic Crate, Van-Rickshaw etc. Farm Equipments & Market Transports to Farmers through Farmers Hub Services. We have jointly distributed different Agricultural Inputs (Seed, Fertilizer, Pesticides, Bamboo, Rope  etc.) among farmers for Cropping pattern, New variety & Processing Trial variety plot establishment.

 

Farmers’ Exposure Visit

 

Objectives: To motivate and learn farmers for adapting the profitable marketing system, it’s utilization and increasing the cropping intensity

 

Action:We already start exposure visits for our creative farmers. One learning exchange visit arranged at Natore (PRAN) and another visit arranged at Thakurgaon (BARI) & Debigonj (Global Agro Resources Incorporation Farm). The market learning visit is a continuous process for implementing practical knowledge & techniques for sustainable agriculture.

 

Provide Capital Support to the Selected Farmer

 

Objectives: To ensure the capital support for getting proper crop management

 

Action: We starts seasonal loan with a scanty interest rate for our selected farmers from GBK”S Micro-finance Program. Our TEAM monitors the loan and ensures its proper utilization of farmers’ crop management issues. We also committed to GBK”S Micro-finance Program to recovery the loan from our selected credit farmers. 

 

 

Farmers Field Visit

 

Objectives: To achieve the project obligation & objectives

 

Action: