Empowered small farmers working in production and marketing clusters have seen their profits double and the price for consumers decreased by eliminating post-harvest waste and by reducing the influence of the middle persons creating a straighter line to consumers.
ECTAD CARIBBEAN small farm families working in Village clusters have sustained its marketing of products in Britain and France and made forays into Holland. Currently, the ECTAD CARIBBEAN PILOTPROGRAM operates through three clusters in St Vincent and the Grenadines: Gregg's, Richland Park and Leeward. The international market (EU fresh l wholesale) is the targeted market, as well as the regional and local market. In 2017, ECTAD CARIBBEAN sold approximately 10 metric tons of roots and tubers (price/profits?), mainly dasheen on the EU market in addition to local and regional markets.
The outcomes and lessons of this pilot program are been shared with ECTAD CARIBBEAN partners in the Caribbean and elsewhere
Feeding the world is not only the responsibility of farmers but of the whole population. So much of donor funding and solutions are centred on institutions and governments, which continues the cycle of top-down management of finance and knowledge. Simple people-based / solutions are the ones that are most sustainable.
THESE AREAREAS OF ASSISTANCE
IMPROVE PACKAGING AND BRANDING
IMPROVE AVAILABILITY OF FIELD CRATES FOR HANDLING