Project Description: Facilitation of the production, marketing and distribution of certified seeds (maize, sorghum, millet, rice, cowpea, sesame and onions) through smallholder farmers.
Grantee Name and Country: FASO AGRICULTURE INTRANTS (FAGRI Sarl), Burkina Faso
Project Name: Buy-back and processing scheme to enhance markets for smallholder cereal production.
Grant Amount: £ 999,700
Project Start Date: 1st July 2016
Project Duration: Two years and nine months
Value Chains: Maize, Sorghum, Millet
Trading Corridor: Burkina Faso-Ghana- Niger
Faso Agriculture et Intrants (FAGRI Sarl) is a limited liability company in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and involved in the production, marketing and distribution of certified seeds of cereal crops (maize, sorghum, millet, and rice), cowpea, groundnut, sesame, soya, cassava and onions. FAGRI operates in nine of Burkina Faso’s 13 regions.
Summary of Grantee Project
With WAFM support FAGRI has established a buy-back scheme to purchase grains from smallholder farmers and provide ready market for their produce. The company has built warehouses and distributed hybrid seeds and fertilizers to smallholder farmers, trained them on good agronomic practices and is buying back some of the produce for processing into flour. The processing unit is an important innovation that will help the company add value to smallholder production, increase the supply of processed cereals and increase incomes for smallholder farmers.