Support Services

Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Development and Microfinance Support Services.

Development of competitive SMEs in the rural communities is vital for empowering and improving the well-being of its people.

 To stimulate rural SMEs, ASRuD has put in place a comprehensive economic development portfolio which requires both financial and non-financial assistance.

 Financial assistance, that enables micro entrepreneurs to increase productive investment, is being leveraged through increased lending from ASRuD’s Micro-finance outfit.

 Non-financial assistance, designed to improve business level performance, mainly efficiency and productivity, focuses on:

  • Capacity building of farmers and business associations in technical and organizational skills.
  • Market Research and linkages.
  • Promotion of entrepreneurship.
  • Building competitiveness.
  • Financial linkages.
  • Development and strengthening of business associations and linkages.

 

  Sustainable Agricultural Development Options

The first Millennium Development Goal is to eradicate extreme hunger and poverty, and agricultural productivity is a kingpin to its attainment. ASRuD’s key steps to achieving an enhanced agricultural productivity, which is in turn key to increasing rural income and reducing food insecurity, among others, include: 

  • Agricultural Extension Services delivery, with the intent to increase agricultural production and output at the farmer level (household unit level) in the selected project communities and achieve a sustained increase in production thereafter;
  • Introduce and/or facilitate access to new, modern and improved farming methods and techniques within selected project target communities;
  • Make appropriate agro-processing technologies (including agro-processing mills and simple machines) available and accessible to rural women for agricultural produce processing for value addition and higher incomes;
  • Provide innovation/technology transfer training, entrepreneurial and enterprise development and management skills transfer as well as development information and education, through both in-house and on-field training strategies for rural communities.
  • Assist in setting up viable village-based non-farm enterprises, which are engaged mainly in agro-processing and other allied activities, and which draw largely on locally available resources and raw materials;
  • Make rural finance in the form of micro-credits available and easily accessible to poor rural households, within the selected project communities.
  • Introduction of sustainable and environmental –friendly agricultural practices such as agro-forestry and integrated crop and pest management (ICPM),
  • Strengthening the production and utilization of Moringa and soybean as nutrition and health supplement etc.

 

 

        

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