Introduction of Precision Agriculture among Smallholder Producers of Organic and Fair-trade Bananas

Project summary

Project: Introduction of Precision Agriculture among Smallholder Producers of Organic and Fair-trade Bananas
Client(s):

Joint Venture “OKEGUABO”, shareholders: Producer association “Asociación de Pequeños Productores Bananeros “El Guabo” (ASOGUABO)” and Agrofair Europe B.V.

Impact beneficiaries:

Ecuador

Product:

Bananas

Organisational model production: 350 producers organized in 14 producer groups, united in the ASOGUABO association: export and service platform; communal farm of 60 ha organized in a cooperative; OKEGUABO as investment platform
Intervention area:

Ecuador

Project Period:

July 2008 – December 2012

Total budget: EUR 1,498,345.-
Type of funding:

Subsidy (50% hardware and technical assistance) on co-investment scheme

Origin of funding:

Agrofair Europe B.V. / EVD – PSOM

Name of partner(s):

Agrofair Europe B.V.

Role Taste:

Project concept and co-formulation of the project document; support; project management (together with Advance Consulting)

 

Project description

This PSOM project has 5 components or Results:

  • Result 1: Business foundation, establishment of the joint venture “OKEGUABO” with Agrofair Europe B.V.
  • Result 2: Communal farm of 60 ha with all installations and s system of precision agriculture in place for harvest programming.
  • Result 3: Establishment of an integrated quality management and information system of the hundreds of farms of small producers; installation of cold stores; installation of 3 weather stations.
  • Result 4: Establishment of a system for terrestial Sigatoka control in several units, and of a recycling unit of used plastic.
  • Result 5: Certification of the communal farm, compliance with productivity goals, renewed website; updated business plan.

 

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