Farmers revenue monitoring. 6000 farmers (48% female) in 5 districts into 54 centres. In groups at different stages of development for registration. It takes time to build trust and confidence with farmers. Volume supply steadily increased from 2004 to 2006. INCOME TO FARMERS.
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Farmers revenue monitoring • 6000 farmers (48% female) in 5 districts into 54 centres. • In groups at different stages of development for registration. • It takes time to build trust and confidence with farmers. • Volume supply steadily increased from 2004 to 2006.
Mobilization stage • Activities outlined in partners work plan • Partners move as team for mobilization, each with specific district, Unilever in all districts. • Mobilization team includes development partner, buyer (Unilever) and conservation partners. • Mobilization starts at district level- • introduce the project partnership and objectives • Seek government support • District authority accompany the team to the villages • Meeting conducted with village governments
Meetings with farmers • Villages governments fix date for calling village meetings • During village meetings • Partners introduced by village authority • Partners introduce the project (objectives & role of each partner) • Crop season is agreed. • Clerks appointed • Buying centre selected. • Questions clarified.
More awareness creation • Posters and leaflets • Frequent visit • Using loudspeakers • Training • On quality • Group formation • Leadership
Selection of clerks • NGOs and Unilever describe necessary qualifications for a good clerk. • Able to write and good in elementary mathematics • Of high integrity • Village resident etc • Farmers shortlist 3 names and vote democratically • Selected clerks undergo training conducted by NGO and Unilever. Series of exercises done to test knowledge.
Buying process • Clerks given equipment • Scales, bags, threads etc for managing stock. • Farmers registration books, bin cards and cash given at the beginning of buying season. • AB quality checked by clerk and one of the group committee member on each buying day • Agreed good quality AB nuts are: • weighed, • recorded, • Farmers paid on the same day and sign against cash receipt. • At the end of each day • Register books and bin cards updated • Cash reconciled, AB stacked. • Cash top-up is done by project staff regularly.
Transport & Crushing • Project staffs organize transport of the nuts to crushing site. • Weight measurement taken at both points (centre and factory) • Delivery notes issued to the transporters (third part) to manage the cargo. • With enough stock crushing starts. • Oil is fed directly to special tank while still warm and shipped when full.
Achievement • Good cooperation from local governments • Highly motivated farmers (photo) • Increase in volume and number of farmers. • Women participation encouraging (gender) • Responsible and committed partners, though busy! • Experienced clerks with time. • Farmers income improving with time. • Domestication well received by farmers.
Challenges • Payment system • Risk • Security of the staff • Control of stocks at the factory ?? • Partners priorities. • Transport