An international agribusiness based in Tanzania relies on a large network of smallholder farmers to provide high quality produce. To equip its growing number of farmers with the necessary support and inputs, this business needed to hire local experts to implement a new, more localized farmer support model.
The SLP helped the business develop a Terms of Reference for a project to develop “Centres of Excellence”, using farmer champions to provide additional support via localized offices that provide training and inputs to farmers in the region. This strategy required service providers familiar with local farmers and their social context, as well as expertise in diverse skills from financial modelling to community engagement.
Because service providers submit proposals on the SLP through standardized templates, the platform streamlines the process of finding and hiring the right expertise. The business was able to save weeks in contracting service providers for this and two other projects, allowing the company to move more quickly in improving relationships and productivity with its outgrower communities.