Nigerian agtech startup, Zowasel has recently partnered with Solidaridad to enable smallholder farmers have access to the right information which will allow them in managing their farms to improve crop quality, access to improved inputs to increase yields, access financial inclusiveness, and above all accessing the right markets to earn more for their harvest.
Solidaridad is an international civil society organization with over 50 years of experience in developing solutions to make communities more resilient.
According to a medium post by the agtech company, “Over the years, smallholder farmers in the oil palm value chain have struggled with access to the right information and challenges ranging from lack of minimum crop quality knowledge, poor crop specifications, and harvesting requirements expected by off-takers. As well as lack of access to improved fertilizers, and agrochemicals to increase yield.”
Today the two organizations are partnering based on their areas of interests, mutual goals, expertise, and available resources. With all set to improve Nigeria’s oil palm value chain and livelihoods of smallholder farmers across rural communities.
Zowasel would be providing access to improved inputs such as fertilizers and agrochemicals, financial inclusion services, and opportunities for smallholder farmers to connect with the right markets through its Marketplace platform.
While Solidaridad will be bridging the existing knowledge gap by deploying trained community facilitators to rural communities and offering technical support in the development of the oil palm smallholder farmers.
Over the years, Solidaridad has successfully built large clusters and a rich database of smallholder farmers across key farming communities in Nigeria.
This will allow Zowasel to build on by developing and/or upscaling its Crop Test Centers and Grain Booths across such communities to establish a direct point of sales targeted at strengthening and connecting rural communities with its twin blockchain technology and services.
While speaking on the recent collaboration, Ebenezer Oduwu, Country Finance & Credit Manager at Zowasel highlighted four mutually beneficial components that the partnership will achieve:
- Train, develop and empower local agents to support their communities
- Connect communities with access to financial inclusion services
- Provide access to readily available improved farm inputs, and
- Create market access for smallholder farmers to earn more for their crops right in their communities
Also speaking, Ernest Ita, Senior Programme Officer at Solidaridad Nigeria, commented:
“A key component of the partnership is aimed at building capacities of smallholder farmers, developing and empowering local agents to transform the oil palm sector through community facilitators, provide expert advice to smallholder farmers and ensure that smallholders adopt knowledge and practices that would improve their productivity”.
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