Having, at all times, both physical and economic access to sufficient food to meet dietary needs for a productive and healthy life calls for food security measures. According to USAID report in year 2020, more than 800 million people across the globe go to bed hungry every night, most of them smallholder farmers who depend on agriculture to make a living and feed their families. The Network capacitates peasant farmers and other stakeholders on sustainable production of adapted crops and animals to meet their food needs and excess for income generation.
Staple food crops rich in essential minerals (calcium, iron, zinc and proteins) like finger millet, sorghum, pearl millet, groundnuts, cowpeas, green grams and energy like cassava, sweet potatoes are promoted. The project will partner with the National Agricultural Research Organization to source improved finger millet, sorghum, groundnuts and cow pea varieties which have been proved to produce more than twice yield compared to the local varieties. Together with experts from NARO, extension services the project will train farmers and agro-dealers on Good Agronomic Practices (GAPs)-use of improved varieties, row planting, proper weeding, good agronomic practices, value addition, and good animal husbandry practices are promoted. Goat, poultry, bee and fish farming with fast returns to investment will be promoted. The project will source good breeds of these small animals to avail to farmers. Farmers will be capacitated with good animal husbandry practices like good feeding, proper housing, disease control and treatments together with the right experts.
The project will create linkages with the traders to create market linkages for the crop and animal products produced.