The consolidated financial report 2014 was submitted to SDC by end of March. The final approval is expected upon submission of the operational report 2014. Many thanks to all teams for the good and timely support in this! It allowed us to conclude the accounts 2014 in an efficient way.
AFAAS and HELVETAS Benin further developed a concept for the production of didactic videos on PHM of maize. The video will be structured in four sequences along main PHM steps: 1. Harvest, 2. Drying, Threshing, Sorting, 3. Storage & conservation at household level, 4. Storage in warehouses / collective storage. The production of the video will be realized through a collaboration with Access Agriculture and shall start by the beginning of the coming postharvest season, in October. Have a look at the draft concept of the video attached!
HELVETAS Mozambique contacted different private sector actors at provincial level namely MMI Steel (metal sheet manufacturer), AGRIFOCUS (Agrochemical supplier), COOSEN (input supplier and service provider), SANA SACARIA (PP Bags), GAPI (Microfinance), ENCAMOBAL Company Ltd (Threshing machine manufacturer), VODACOM (M-PESA mobile Banking) to understand the input supply chain, share different options of business models and collect their point of views. These are exciting news! To find out more for a successful collaboration with the private sector read their business note (attached to the newsletter).
In Benin, a feasibility study on metal silo markets and input supply chains was conducted by an external consultant (Kurt Schneider). He concludes that metal silos have the best cost-benefit ratio compared to other storage options, that input materials are available at reasonable costs and that there are skilled local artisans who can become professional in production metal silos based on trainings. The costs of metal silos of 500kg and 1000kg capacity are estimated at US$ 100. and 130. , respectively. See presentation of main conclusions of the study!
AFAAS Benin met with Radio Tcheti de Savalou to discuss a possible partnership for dissemination and scaling-up of identified RAS practices on PHM in Benin.
HELVETAS Mozambique and AFAAS Mozambique further developed the draft training manual, a training curriculum and training cascade model during a write-shop with local partners. Start of training of trainers are planned for late April.