Outgrowers’ Scheme

Farmer Support Programmes: Small Holder Farmers are selected based on predefined criteria aimed at giving those in greatest need the opportunity to become more successful. All farmers are given quality seed at the beginning of the planting season along with training, fertiliser, cash loans, and in some cases oxen and small-scale equipment. SAZ also buys back the farming outputs at a price above the market price at the time of purchase.

Lead Farmers monitor progress and aggregate outputs so produce can be sold in bulk at better prices.

This programme has been working in the Eastern Province since 2009 with year on year improvements in farmer earnings