If you’re interested in learning about agriculture initiatives in Africa, it’s well worth learning about the work of the Missing Middle Initiative. Which is outlined below.
Everything that you need to know about the Missing Middle Initiative:
It launched in 2016:
The Missing Middle Initiative launched as a pilot in 2016 and was created to assist entrepreneurial farmers and their associated organizations to thrive. The Missing Middle Initiative is run by the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program.
To date the initiative has provided much needed funding for its first 5 projects:
To date the Missing Middle Initiative has spent $13.2 million dollars, across five projects.
In Mali the initiative helps train youth to have careers in the poultry and fish farming industries:
So far the initiative has spent $2.1 million dollars on training youth in rural Mali to have long term careers in the growing poultry and fish farming industries. Their program trains youth for technical positions and organizational positions that will give Mali youth stable futures.
A second project launched in Mali to award $3 million dollars to four of Mali’s largest rice producers:
The Missing Middle Initiative’s second project in Mali was to donate $3 million dollars to four of Mali’s largest rice producers. In conduction with the World Food Program. The aim of the project was to increase the quality of the rice paddies in Mali, so that the largest rice producers in Mali would be able to create enough rice to sustain their nation. Better yet for each dollar that was invested in the project, local banks would invest $2.40 into the project.
In Senegal the initiative helps women and youth become successfully farmers.
The Missing Middle Initiative has invested $2.48 million dollars on running a program to help women and youth become successful small hold farmers.
The initiative has invested in 55 smallholder farmer organizations in Bangladesh:
The initiative also works outside Africa and has invested in 55 individual smallholder farmer organizations throughout Bangladesh. The initiative assisted all 55 farmer organizations in being able to provide small loans to their smallholder farmers.
The fifth project worked with the International Fund for Agricultural Development in East Africa:
The fifth project provided $2.61 million dollars to support the work of the International Fund for Agricultural Development in East Africa.
So if you’re interested in the development of agricultural initiatives in Africa, hopefully you found learning about the Missing Middle Initiative’s projects interesting.