In Bungu, climate and soil quality are conducive to high-yield agriculture. Favorable growing conditions encourage everyone to farm, but with only a single small market nearby, supply is high and prices are low. The high cost of transportation to larger markets limits the options of smallholder farmers, leaving their incomes unstable.
Through the 2Seeds farmers’ group, Bungu farmers are able to prepare and execute group cultivation plans, systemize harvests, and collectively transport produce to markets. This organization allows Partners to cut transportation costs and, through collaboration on planting schedules, to provide consistent deliveries to high-paying contracted buyers, ensuring a more reliable source of income.
The group is also exploring niche markets for crops not normally seen in the region, such as broccoli and zucchini, and conducting experiments to determine the profitability of organically-grown produce. To support their production, the group employs an innovative model of collective savings, allowing them to purchase high-quality agricultural inputs without dependence on loans. The Bungu farmers are well on their way to a self-sustaining and profitable agricultural business!