- March 06, 2021
This project involved a summative review of the Asgisa Rural Agro Initiative in the Eastern Cape. The project aimed to support the development of commercial maize farmers by using an innovative model that included two processing hubs (Maize Mills) to support appropriate market access and sale of maize. The data collection included two focus group workshops with the Mqnaduli and Ncora project beneficiaries as well as four surveys of different beneficiary groups: 129 primary cooperative members, 132 project beneficiaries who received training during the project, 11 beneficiaries who received jobs during the project and 3 interns that received project internships; a large number of key informant interviews; two focus groups with primary cooperative representatives from Ncorha and Mqanduli; a field trip to the project communities and mills. A publicly available evaluation insights summary report has been produced (available on the Jobs Fund site here: XXX) and contains recommendations for good practice project design and implementation to ensure that support can be effectively provided to support the commercialisation of sustainable small-scale maize farmers in future.