In partnership with IDH, FMS has implemented a block farming model that involves the aggregation of male and female subsistence farmers from the surrounding community. Each of these farmers are allocated portions of land on the farm to cultivate directly and supported with the provision of inputs and mechanization services.
The famers are trained extensively on various areas of good agricultural practices, and FMS Farms provide a ready market for the farmers output under firm contractual obligations.
Improved Livelihood: FMS supports block farmers in increasing their livelihoods and increase income above the poverty line. A price guarantee in the contract between FMS and block farmers ensures the farmer’s livelihood in periods of lower market prices.
Gender Empowerment: FMS is gender intentional and strongly supports female farmers to become block farmers. This provides women with direct access to land and finance, circumventing the lack of statutory land rights and collateral.
Climate Resilience: To offset the increasing prevalence to negative climate events and its associated risks to the farmers and FMS’s business, FMS hires crop insurance to ensure a continuance of block farmers’ livelihoods in case of droughts and floods. The use of high-quality drought-resistant stems has reduced the impact of droughts on farmers’ yields
Borehole for Aba Ilorin Community
At the inception of the project, FMS Farms had to construct a 2.4km rural access road to the farm. The road passes directly through a settlement community known as Aba Ilorin.
The inhabitants of Aba Ilorin settlement walk several kilometers to access drinkable water as there are no sources of clean water close to their settlement.
As our first CSR activity for this project, FMS Farms decided to construct a borehole equipped with water storage and solar power system for this community. This has greatly impacted this community positively.
Water for Aba Felix Settlement
FMS Farms provided water for the inhabitants of Aba Felix settlement by extending water on the farm directly to their abode. The inhabitants had hitherto been walking several kilometers to access clean water.