Farmer to Farmer would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the years. We are in a time of transition in the Farmer to Farmer program. Land Ownership for Landless Farmers has been our primary work since 2003. We are now initiating a Rural Business Development Program to complement the Land Ownership program. We are also in the final stages of our first landbanks and are beginning to consider new landbank purchases. In order for us to expand our programs and make this transition effective we are initiating a new fundraiser with a goal to raise $250,000 by December 31, 2020. Please prayerfully consider how you can support this effort. Thank you. DONATION OPTIONS
Operational Budget ($50,000)
We plan to allocate $50,000 to operating funds. Currently the operational budget for Farmer to Farmer is roughly $50,000 per year. Most of this funding is used to support our LCI partners: Asociación Cristiana de Jóvenes (ACJ) and Acción Médica Cristiana (AMC). They use the funds to pay agronomist and business promotor salaries and conduct farmer trainings. A small portion of these funds go to pay Partners Worldwide for their services and to support our Partnership Manager: Geraldy Blandón.
Land Ownership for Landless Farmers Program ($100,000)
With 5 out of 7 landbanks about to be completed, Farmer to Farmer and our partners are beginning research and planning for new landbank projects. We seek to raise an additional $100,000 to be ready to use for the purchase of a new landbank. Extra money is needed now as land prices have increased significantly since most of our land purchases were made over 10 years ago.
Rural Value Chain Development Program ($100,000)
We plan to allocate $100,000 to invest in rural business initiatives. With Asociación Cristiana de Jóvenes (ACJ)we are planning to invest in a cocoa business, which includes a processing facility and a cocoa nursery. This business will generate income in two ways. First, it will provide grafted cocoa seedlings to local farmers. The second and primary source of income will be from the fermentation and drying of the raw cocoa so it can be ready for transport. With Acción Médica Cristiana (AMC) we are in the research and business planning phase of a general marketing project as well as a pilot project lending money for inputs to farmers.
Goal for Sustinability
Farmer to Farmer and our partner organizations in Nicaragua have been discussing our organizational sustainability. We are discussing ways to produce income streams and not rely as heavily on donations. The Rural Value Chain Development Program is our first step to increase sustainable revenue for the future as it will investing profit generating enterprises. I will expand on this in a future blog post.
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