IDH partnered with the Rockefeller Foundation’s YieldWise Initiative, which seeks to reduce post-harvest loss by at least 50% in various food value chains in Africa and to increase the incomes of small-holder farmers by 15%.
With a grant from Rockefeller, IDH set out to deepen industrialization in the cassava value chain in Nigeria by supporting processors to integrate smallholder farmers into their supply chain through a block farming model. By giving processors access to a consistent and reliable market, and providing training, input and financing, YieldWise aimed to reduce loss of cassava and ultimately turn produce that would have been wasted into revenue for farmers. In addition, by connecting small-holder farmers and processors, there would be more stability in the supply chain on account of consistent and sufficient supplies of quality raw material.
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