Techno-Links - Technology Links for Improved Access and Incomes | Peru, Nicaragua

TLThe goal of Techno-Links was to increase the productivity and income-generating opportunities of 5,000 small scale farmers in Peru and Nicaragua by improving the capacity of agriculture technology suppliers to reach small farmers.

With funding from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and the InterAmerican Development Bank's (IADB) Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), Techno-Links initiated a competitive agriculture matching grant mechanism to support eligible agriculture technology vendors who present solid business proposals to establish commercial distribution of technologies suited to small farmers.

Grants were made on a 1:1 matching basis – one dollar grant for every dollar invested by grant recipients in their business. Over the course of the project, 20 grant recipients were awarded grants of up to $60,000. Over the course of the project, 20 grant recipients were awarded grants of up to $60,000. To learn more about the successful grant receipts see here.

Results to date:

PHASE I
Phase I of the selection process was completed in March 2012. After the submission of 45 concept notes and the development of 11 business plans, six matching grant recipients (three in Peru, three in Nicaragua) were chosen by a selection committee made up of experts in agriculture, technology adoption and finance throughout Canada, United States and Latin America. The committee took into consideration the viability of ideas presented, its relation to the market and the private sector, and its potential impact to promote the use of technology, among other criteria. Implementation of these plans began in April 2012. 

PHASE II
Phase II of the selection process was completed in October 2012. As a result of the submission of 115 concept notes and the development of 30 business plans, 14 matching grant recipients (seven in Peru, seven in Nicaragua) were chosen by a selection committee made up of experts in agriculture, technology adoption and finance throughout Canada, United States and Latin America. The evaluation committee took into consideration the viability of ideas presented, its relation to the market and the private sector, and its potential impact to promote the use of technology, among other criteria. Implementation of these plans began in November 2012.

Techno-Links wins $10,000 GAIN award for promoting environmentally sustainable agriculture technologies  
GAIN (Global Adaptation Institute) has recognized MEDA’s Techno-Links project as positive example of how the private and public sector can work together to help the world’s most vulnerable adapt to climate change. Full article.

Techno-Links Success
Techno-Links successfully worked with over 20 agricultural businesses, strengthening their supply chains of small holder farmers and increasing their production, income and sales over the 3 year project. Techno-Links aimed to directly improve the incomes and food security of 5,000 small holder farmers. At the end of the project, 81% of households reported an increase in food access, 65% indicated an increase in dietary diversity, and 79% reported an increase in seasonal food security. 74.5% reported on an increased level of capacity to increase their incomes through the Techno-Links project.

 


 Project Quick Facts

Goal: Successfully increased the productivity of small farmers in Peru, Nicaragua and Zambia as a result of their improved access to agricultural technology.

Reached: 4,894 clients small farmers and improved the profitability and viability of agriculture technology small and medium suppliers in Nicaragua and Peru.

Funded: Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and Inter-American Development Bank (IADB).

Project Length: 2011-2014