Linking Grain Farmers to Markets

The Storage and Proper Post-Harvest Improvements for Resource Efficiency (SAPPHIRE) program is working to increase incomes for 20,000 smallholder maize and rice farmers in the Mbeya Region. Better post-harvest handling will increase the value of grain crops, and improved access to storage will reduce losses. In addition, the SAPPHIRE program is improving warehouse receipt systems, enabling more efficient marketing, increasing access to credit for inputs and developing linkages between farmers and the national food market.