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Grain quality trainings mean more income for thousands of Rwandan farmers

A year of Sell More For More™ trainings have taught 24 Rwandan maize cooperatives vital lessons in post-harvest handling, storage and management, reaching more than 24,000 farmers—over 40% of them women.

 Jean Pierre Rwasa, president of the Indakuki maize cooperative, leads his fellow farmers in a celebration dance upon their graduation from the Sell More For More™ program. Jean Pierre Rwasa, president of the Indakuki maize cooperative, leads his fellow farmers in a celebration dance upon their graduation from the Sell More For More™ program.

The last class graduated this spring from the six-week trainings, hosted by USAID Rwanda’s Post-Harvest Handling & Storage Project (PHHS), working in partnership with Rwanda’s Ministry of Agriculture and the World Food Program’s Purchase for Progress (P4P) program. Lead farmers would participate and then pay it forward by committing to train the remaining farmers in their cooperatives.

By improving business practices and grain quality, farmers are able to sell to much larger and reliable markets, such as the P4P program. Before the trainings, cooperatives had an average 43% of their maize fail general market standards. After the trainings, the rejection rate plunged to 0%.

"The impact of the Sell More For More™ trainings has been invaluable,” said Emmanuela Mashayo, P4P Coordinator for the World Food Program. “We have seen marked improvement in the quality of the maize being produced, as well as in the leadership capacity of the cooperatives' management. We are now able to purchase with confidence from those cooperatives who have undergone this training."

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Published April 2012