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Supporting technical assistance to smallholder farmers project with MEL

Genesis was engaged by Technoserve to provide MEL support to the Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness Technical Assistance Facility (CASA TAF).

CASA is partnering with investors to assess and demonstrate how inclusive technical assistance can strengthen the commercial viability and development impact of agribusinesses that source from smallholders.

Over five years, the CASA-TAF will work with these businesses to address the companies’ needs when engaging smallholders – from farmer extension and access to farm inputs, to mechanisation and climate-smart agriculture.

The project aims to benefit over 100,000 smallholders with a total SHF income increase of $17 million. TechnoServe will convene investors – from Development Finance Institutions to Private Equity players – to demonstrate the commercial and social impact that strategic technical assistance (TA) can have.

The overall objective is to raise investor expectations regarding the level of development impact for future investments, and increase the provision of development impact TA provided by investors.

Genesis has supported CASA in implementing the Monitoring, Education and Learning (MEL) strategy. This includes a review of CASA MEL strategy, results chain and measurement plan, and tools and templates to provide training to CASA TAF team on implementing the strategy and provide monitoring, reporting support, written content contributions to inception report, quarterly reports, and M&E plan updates.

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