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Through the establishment of a sustainable Agro-Input Retailers Network (AIRN), this project provides training and technical assistance on the safe handling, storage, and application of quality inputs, business ethics, and other related topics to 3,000 agro-input retailers. Of these 3,000, Agro-Input Project activities specifically target 300 women-retailers through grant funding and tailored t...
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Through the establishment of a sustainable Agro-Input Retailers Network (AIRN), this project provides training and technical assistance on the safe handling, storage, and application of quality inputs, business ethics, and other related topics to 3,000 agro-input retailers. Of these 3,000, Agro-Input Project activities specifically target 300 women-retailers through grant funding and tailored training and advisory activities to encourage women’s participation in the agro-inputs sector.
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Building on extensive experience in the development agrodealer networks across Europe and Africa, our approach supports the development of AIRN to become a high-quality technical training and advisory service provider to ultimately increase smallholder production and productivity in order to reduce poverty and improve food security. Recognizing the importance of gender sensitivity and environmental consciousness to this approach, CNFA integrates both into every aspect of AIP to ensure equity and sustainability in our programming. AIP’s core interventions include:

  1. Establishment of AIRN, a first of its kind agro-inputs training organization serving retailers in the 20 USAID Feed the Future (FTF) zones;
  2. Improve the effectiveness of the agricultural inputs market information system (MIS) through distribution of Monthly Price Outlook Bulletins supported by an innovative GIS platform containing data on input distributions networks, client concentrations, cropping patterns, and product and price trends to our retailers. In addition, create demand for improve quality inputs among farmers through 500 demonstration plots over the life of project;
  3. Enhance the knowledge and application of quality standards among retailers and smallholder farmers by promoting international input quality standards to 50 input supply companies and over 3,000 retailers through a mass communications and outreach campaign;
  4. Strengthen local organizations’ institutional capacity with comprehensive organizational assessments and tailored assistance to assist with implementation of AIP activities and empower them to receive future USAID funding.
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Stage 3: Proof of Concept

AIRN has trained 1,800 retailers on agronomic products, agro-business management and ethics, safe and judicious use of agro-chemicals, and high density nutritious crops. In addition to formal training AIP has also organized six local and two international study tours for 90 retailers. They received practical experience on agro-inputs business management, supply and best practices from local and international stakeholders. In addition, AIRN has organized 168 demonstration plots for hands on learning of the retailers and farmers on quality agro-inputs and appropriate input application practices. Complying with USAID’s environmental requirements, the demonstration plots established exhibited a varietal performance of cabbage, cauliflower, tomato, brinjal, bottle gourd, bitter gourd, and chili. Pest and disease management of rice, maize, lentil, brinjal, and onion were also demonstrated in these demo plots. Syngenta, ACI, Lal Teer Seed, BayerCrop Science and the USAID Ag Extension Project supported AIP to organize demonstrations. Approximately, 6,000 farmers (of which 456 were female) also got opportunity to learn from these demonstration plots. September 2015:A total of 2,568 agro-retailers have joined AIRN from 76 upazillas in 19 districts in Barisal, Khulna and Dhaka divisions. Among these members, 1,504 have attained “accredited status” following basic training on business management, agronomy and safe use of crop protection products. AIRN is progressing towards securing GOB registration as an agro-inputs training organization. June 2015:AIP is working to create and/or support at least 300 women-run agro-input enterprises, a potential venture for women in 20 southern districts. To realize this goal, the project is providing matching grants to potential female entrepreneurs, underscored by increased knowledge and capacity through training, mentoring, and input demonstrations.AIP, with support from three partner NGOs, AVAS, Ashroy Foundation and Banchte Shekha, has organized 35 public meetings with 1,647 participants to advertise grant opportunities. To date (June 2015), the project has awarded 50 matching grants.
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Focus Areas:

Agriculture, Cultivation & Tools and Food Safety and Standards

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Bangladesh

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Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted3,000

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Bangladesh