My name is Jerry Tindall (founder of Grow International) I was invited to Sierra Leone by the Minister of Agriculture and The Sierra Leone Chamber of Agribusiness Development (SLeCAD). This was a visionary trip to see what was happening and how I could help.
We spent two weeks in Sierra Leone meeting with farmers and orgainzations. I found that people were paying very high prices for very low quality imported food. The chicken and eggs were imported from far away. People were buying eggs that were rotten when they cracked them open. The food was not fresh. There was very limmited income to purchase this food and often is was spent on spoiled or rotten food. The good news is in this visionary trip we could see soultions.
I was invited back and asked to bring ‘Farm In A Barrel’ as a project designed to: promote the development of sustainable chicken farming, add to the value chain, increase food security and boost farm income.
I cannot do it alone. I need your help to raise the necessary funds to accomplish a successful pilot program. Upon completion of a successful pilot program Sierra Leone will continue the growth within their own country by funding the next phase, thus making this a long lasting sustainable plan. Therefore, your donations will have a multiplying effect.
I have a goal of starting the pilot program with 20 farmers and plan to return to Sierra Leone in 2013.
I would be honored if you participated in helping us launch this endeavor.
Upon the farmers completion of the training, chickens and feed will be delivered to the farmer. The farmer will move the pen daily onto fresh pasture. Grow International will perform site visits throughout the pilot program and provide specific solutions needed to support farmers in having a full understanding of how to be successful. At the end of the 4 week grow period the farmers will go to market with their chickens. Farmers will then use the money from the sales of the first harvest to purchase the next round of inputs needed to keep their business growing.
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