Empowering smallholder farmers to become financially independent.
Empresa de Comercialização Agricola (ECA) is a sustainable agronomy business which engages smallholder farmers by providing them with inputs on credit, extension advice on conservation farming and access to markets at fair prices.
Local farmers own 45% of the shares in ECA.
ECA will use FRP funds to roll out a system by which farmers receive SMS updates on crop management and payments by mobile money as opposed to cash. It will also help to set up a rural merchant network based on existing retail outlets where farmers can withdraw their mobile money.
Well established farming business that provides a good basis for innovation with integrated information / training / payment software and systems.