Small Farm Services
Knowledge Intense, Local Specific, Environmentally Sound
Farmer owned cooperatives, grower associations or individual farmers continue to increase in popularity, and FDC-Texas can assist in creating sustainable operations among the smaller farmer sectors.
How this is can be achived
- Formations of Grower Association and Cooperative Operations.
- Creating water conservation systems like simple drip irrigation packages (“More Crops Per Drop”, 1-2ha units).
- Specialized Seeds and Natural Pedation.
- Developing cropping projections and national requirements.
- Giving opportunities through agribusiness training.
- Providing specialized equipment and support.
- Assisting in food processing and storage.
- Creating marketing consortiums.
Current Small Farmer Status
Worldwide there are 400 million small farmers. Africa is currently fed by 33 million small farmers, these farms producing 85% of Africa’s food. These small farms employ 65% of Africa’s population. The average small farm is 2ha or less. Many of these farms are women-owned and operated.
Personel and Training
FDC has long-standing relationships with several Universities and Technical institutions that can join us in our goal to increase the number of qualified personnel needed to assume the responsibility of increasing food production to meet ever-growing demands.
FDC-Texas training includes all spectrum of the social & agribusiness sectors
We are involved in agriculture development and helping poor farmers increase their productivity and income. We make a wide range of financial services available to people in developing countries. Through Policy, Advocacy, and Special Initiatives we increase awareness of global development issues, identifying and promoting powerful solutions and advocating for more effective investments in agribusiness. In approaching Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene; FDC invests in effective sanitation approaches that will contribute to a world free of hunger where families can lead healthier and more productive lives. We also create agriculture technology centers, including anchor farms, which can serve as training centers for regional small farms.
Training program can include
- Ag Economics – Basis for Co-ops, Grower Associations, and State-owned facilities.
- Agronomics – Full aspects of production, including GM seeds.
- Farm Production Technologies – Teaching modern machinery operations and maintenance.
- Management – LEAN, Six Sigma, CRM, SCM, SPS
- Irrigation, Drainage, and Water Conservation
- Livestock, Poultry, and Aquaculture – Turn-key packages
- Food Processing – Includes sanitation, storage, transportation, and packaging.
- Marketing – Unlocking domestic and export possibilities along with developing branding.