The project, implemented through one single contribution agreement between the European Union and the World Bank to the tune of EUR 5.3 Million, aims at (i) providing inputs (improved seeds, fertilizer and small equipment) to smallholder farmers and farmer groups, (ii) improving post harvest storage capacity through the rehabilitation of village-level grain and seed storage facilities, and (iii) laying the foundation for a farmer-based seed multiplication system through the rehabilitation of seed multiplication centers.
As regards the first area of activity, the project has provided inputs to about 20,000 farmers before the 2010 planting season. As regards the third area of activity, 3 seed multiplication centers have been rehabilitated. In the second area of activity, over 23 storage facilities has been rehabilitated and handed over to farmers on time. The farming inputs and seed storage facilities will enhance the livelihood of the farmers by boosting productivity and thus ensuring food security and alleviating poverty.