Supporting Health and Agricultural Outcomes

While Connect to Grow works with enterprises in any sector, the programme only facilitates and supports partnerships that will deliver health or agricultural outcomes. I.e the partnership needs to have a beneficial impact in the health or agricultural sectors even if the partnering enterprises don’t operate directly in those sectors. A host of different approaches exist that deliver outcomes in agriculture and health. Some of these models are listed below.

AGRICULTURE

  • Access to inputs: provision of quality inputs such as seeds, fertilizers and crop protection products can increase quality and productivity of yield.
  • Access to finance: provision of loans to smallholders can provide capital for farmers to buy inputs and other requirements to increase productivity. Agri-insurance provides protection against unforeseen losses.
  • Contract farming: contracting farmers directly can ensure security and fair pricing for farmers, leading to increased income.
  • IT & mobile enabled solutions: provision of agri-information about weather, market prices, best practices etc. through mobile and internet platforms can provide vital inputs to farmers that increase yield and productivity
  • Market creation and intermediation: improving market access to farmers by consolidating them into producer organisations, acting as aggregators etc can provide security and fair pricing.
  • Post harvest collection, storage and logistics solutions: provision of post harvest services such as central collection centres, cold storage facilities, transportation services.
  • Promotion of organic and sustainable farming: provision of technical assistance and training on sustainable and organic practices.
  • Standards and certification: provision of organic and fair trade certification may open up premium markets for farmers
  • Technical assistance and training: provision of training that enables farmers to improve farm management and operations.
  • Value chain integration: provision of ‘one stop shop’ solutions to farmers across the entire value chain.
IT & mobile enabled solutions can provide vital inputs to farmers that increase yield and productivity - Connect to Grow

HEALTH

  • Specialized healthcare: provision of highly specialised medical care that is often far out of reach for poor people. These includes clinics providing eye-care, dentisty, dialysis etc
  • mHealth and telemedicine: provision of health services and information via mobile technology improving the health outcomes of any person with access to a mobile device. This could be through SMS or web applications or over voice based services through phone calls.
  • Women’s Health: provision of quality reproductive health services to poor women including family planning, STI treatment, safe abortion and post abortion care etc.
  • Microinsurance: provision of affordable health insurance to poor people allowing protection against steep out of pocket medical expenses.
  • Nutrition products: provision of nutritious products to poor people through food fortification, specially formulated food for infants, pregnant women etc.
  • Sanitation services: provision of sanitation services and products such as low-cost toilet facilities, sanitary napkins, hygiene products for poor people.
  • Clean cook-stoves: provision of clean cook stoves and clean energy to replace traditional wood-fired stoves, reducing incidences of indoor smoke inhalation and respiratory disease.
While Connect to Grow works with enterprises in any sector, the partnership needs to have a beneficial impact in the health sectors.

Click here to view some examples of enterprises that Connect is working with to deliver health or agricultural outcomes through partnership. 

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