SC Johnson Initiates Partnership to Help Rwanda Farmers Boost Incomes, Sustainable Supply of Pyrethrum
The announcement was made by Mr.
Pyrethrum is a natural insecticide extracted from the dried flower heads of chrysanthemums. Pyrethrins are fast acting and work as highly-effective insecticides. Natural pyrethrins are well-known for their non-persistence and biodegradability. They are used widely in homes around the world and used in some of SC Johnson’s well-known consumer insecticides products like Raid(R).
“We’re enthusiastic about the potential of this project to help increase incomes and the quality of life for thousands of
This project began because one farmer asked for help in drying pyrethrum flowers during a growers’ town hall meeting in
The partners in this project estimate that world demand for pyrethrum is approximately twice as high as current supply. Enhancing the sustainability of Rwanda’s pyrethrum industry is important to SC Johnson. The fertile volcanic soil, cool night temperatures and ample rainfall, along with the large number of small-holder farmers make
The Global Development Alliance as a public private partnership has been seen as a priority and an encouraged approach used by USAID to reach its economic growth objectives towards the farmers communities. The new public-private partnership project will be implemented through the Sustaining Partnerships to Enhance Rural Enterprise and Agribusiness Development project, also known as SPREAD, a USAID-funded project led by Texas A&M University’s Borlaug Institute. SC Johnson and USAID will fund the project to meet goals and objectives laid out in the agreement.
“For the project, we’re going to develop a geographic information system-based production decision support system for SOPYRWA so they can better plan and control pyrethrum plant production and quality,” said Schilling. “We’re hoping to increase production from the 400 tons of dried flowers produced in 2008 to 1200 tons in 2010 while also increasing their pyrethrum content. This will lead to significantly increased returns for the py farmers.”
The SPREAD-led project team will focus specifically on working with the farmers to setup a co-op that promotes best practices in terms of pyrethrum collection and transportation. It is also helping the two largest farmer groups or cooperatives of 4,000
It will offer support to SOPYRWA in the design and implementation of a credit program to be made available to small growers groups, so that the grower groups may acquire the necessary information and begin buying materials for and constructing pyrethrum flower drying tables, including deciding where such tables would be located and how they should be managed. It also seeks to improve communication during harvesting season through the distribution of mobile phones to a representative of each of the smaller grower groups.
SPREAD project: The Sustaining Partnerships to Enhance Rural Enterprise and Agribusiness Development project, also known as SPREAD, is a USAID-funded project led by the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture. SPREAD and earlier associated efforts have been largely responsible for the turnaround in
The Borlaug Institute: The Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture was named for Dr.
U. S. Agency for International Development and Global Development Alliance: USAID provides assistance to poor and developing countries worldwide through technical assistance, training, infrastructure improvement, food aid, small-enterprise loans, and other means. The agency works in more than 100 countries, partnering with volunteer organizations, universities, businesses, international organizations, governmental and non-governmental groups, trade associations, faith-based organizations and others. It has working relationships with more than 3,500 companies and more than 300 U.S.-based private voluntary organizations. The Global Development Alliance is a public-private partnership used by USAID to stimulate economic growth, address businesses and workforce development, and improve access to education and technology. For more information on USAID, go to: http://www.usaid.gov/
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