Tanager, ACDI/VOCA, and AV Ventures share a mission to improve economic and social conditions for vulnerable populations around the world. Although our organizations have different structures and approaches, collaboration and support for each other is vital for creating a positive impact for project participants and funders. The story of the newly formed Tanzanian NGO NAFAKA Kilimo is a wonderful example of how our organizations can contribute to sector-wide impact through collaboration.
As a mother raising a teenage son, I think about the world that he is growing up into, that he will ultimately inherit from us. My son thinks about this too, and he often challenges me and opens my mind to think about things in different ways. This weekend, with the opening of Marvel’s most recent installment of the Avengers franchise, we had a lively discussion about whether or not supervillain Thanos snapping away half the living things in the universe would be the best way to feed the galactic populations.
This report examines the results of the AgResults Kenya On-Farm Storage Challenge Project – a Tanager-supported project that challenged Kenyan companies to create on-farm grain storage devices for smallholder farmers in Kenya. As summarized in this report, these devices allowed farmers to protect upwards of 413,265 MT of grain from marauding pests. The farmers and their families will now have access to pesticide-free grain available for household consumption. The companies that created the storage devices were able to establish market linkages which ultimately will make these grain storage devices available to more farmers in Kenya.