The Village-based Advisors Food Security project is improving productivity by promoting good farming practices among smallholder farmers, with the larger goal of increasing their food security and resilience to environmental shocks. The project identifies keen, hard-working farmers at the village level and develops them into ﾓagro-entrepreneursﾔ, called Village-based Advisors who provide inputs (such as improved seed), services (such as livestock vaccination) and advice on good farming practices to their community. These micro-businesses offer the double benefit of creating rural employment opportunities and building a sustainable system for delivering agricultural technologies.
The project is part of the U.S. Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative, also known as ﾓFeed the Futureﾔ, which seeks to address the root causes of hunger and poverty and create conditions where food assistance is no longer necessary. ﾠ
The project is working to mitigate the negative effects of climate change on Kenyaﾒs smallholder farmers by increasing their use of improved varieties of crops and inputs like fertilizer; building their understanding of and ability to implement good soil and water management techniques, and providing better access to poultry vaccination.
The model relies on the use of ﾓVillage-based Advisorsﾔ (VBAs) who earn an income through the provision of improved inputs, advice and services to their fellow farmers. Unlike traditional group-based approaches, VBAs have a target to work with every farmer in their community, meaning thousands of farmers can be reached quickly and cost-effectively. The project builds on the entrepreneurialism and community spirit common among smallholder farmers.
FIPS-Africa is a pioneer of the ﾑsmall packﾒ approach ﾖ where inputs such as seed are distributed to farmers in small quantities. This allows farmers to experiment on their own farm at a low cost and with minimal risk. Farmers are more likely to adopt if they have seen something work first.
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