Today, I had the privilege of being at the Greenconnect Centres on the Eastern corridor, and it was a day filled with gratitude and anticipation. We gathered to officially close the input season, a season marked by our unwavering commitment to providing access to essential agricultural inputs for smallholder farmers in approximately 300 communities, touching the lives of 40,000 individuals. As we bid farewell to this phase, we eagerly look forward to launching the harvest and markets window next week. The journey of nurturing the soils, planting the seeds, and waiting patiently for the grains of our labour has always been a profound one. This year, it is particularly exciting as we anticipate the outcomes of the product innovations, tireless efforts, and precision that we've invested in food production. Our mission at Greenconnect has always been to empower smallholder farmers,
especially women and young people, to improve their livelihoods, ensure food security, and create lasting impact in rural communities.
As we reflect on the closing of the input season, there are several key aspects that deserve
recognition and celebration:
Empowering Communities: Our work wouldn't have been possible without the dedication and hard work of the farmers themselves. They are the backbone of our efforts, and we commend their resilience and determination in the face of various challenges.
Collaboration with MoFA: The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) has been a crucial partner in our journey. Their support and cooperation have enabled us to reach the last mile and make tangible difference in the lives of smallholder farmers.
Stakeholder Engagement: We are immensely grateful for the support of numerous stakeholders who have joined hands with us on this mission. Whether it's providing products, technical expertise, financial support, or market access, their contributions have been invaluable.
Innovation in Agriculture: This year, we've witnessed remarkable innovations in agricultural practices and technologies. From improved seed varieties to precision farming techniques, these innovations hold the promise of higher yields and greater food security. There were 30 Farmer Schools across our catchment areas attended by approximately 6,000 farmers.
Focus on Women and Youth: Our commitment to fostering the growth and development of women and young people in agriculture remains unwavering. We believe that they are the future of farming in Sub Saharan Africa, and their empowerment is vital for sustain able agricultural development.
As we move forward to the harvest and markets season, we do so with a sense of hope and purpose. The outcomes will not only feed communities but also strengthen the foundations of rural livelihood livelihood; reaches into homes, schools, and the hearts of the people we serve.
In closing, I want to express my gratitude once again to all those who have been part of this journey. Together, we are sowing the seeds of positive change in the agriculture sector. Let's look forward to a yielding harvest our smallholder farmers, especially the women and young people who are at the heart of our mission.