With grant funds from USADF, Foundation for Youth Initiative has supported APP’s Amimbaru Peanut Paste Capacity Building Project that invested on agro-processing of peanut paste to improve the standard of living of low-income agricultural producers in Loa Pageri Administrative Area in Eastern Equatoria State of South Sudan. The grant was used to facilitate peanut paste production, market linkages for peanut sales by the farmers, awareness creation about new agricultural technologies, capacity building for group members, micro-credit revolving loans for women and youth empowerment for poverty, hunger and illiteracy reduction.
Foundation for Youth Initiative has provided demand-driven training and technical assistance on numerous topics including Enterprise Development and Marketing; Peanut Paste Production, Quality Control and Food Safety; Sustainable agriculture and peanut production: the best agricultural Practices; Governance and Systems Development; Financial Management Systems Development; Administrative and Operational Systems Development, Brand Development and Marketing Plan and 5-year Business Plan Development.
Now, APP has improved its prospects for sustained expansion as indicated by the development of a comprehensive five-year business plan that deems suitable for funding by a donor or other financial institutions, improved financial management, improved business management capacity, improved technical and operational capacity and improved marketing capacity. It also helped increase farmers’ income by almost $500,000, increased agricultural investments by $700,000, and supported 1,009 farmers both members and non-members.