Strengthening Agricultural Input
and Output Markets
The Strengthening Agricultural Input and Output Markets in Africa project (SAIOMA) was a Feed the Future initiative that promoted inclusive agricultural sector growth in Kenya, Malawi and Zambia.
The program’s interventions occurred across selected crop value chains, from increasing smallholder productivity by improving access to quality seed and fertilizers, to supporting farmers to participate in structured markets. The program also built governance and operational capacities of farmer organizations to provide services to their members.
SAIOMA was a Global Development Alliance between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Swedish Government.
SAIOMA worked to strengthen agro-dealer capacities and extend their coverage into rural areas, helping them to supply smallholder farmers with an array of agricultural inputs and extension information. The program also promoted the commercialization of smallholder produce by supporting timely and cost- effective market linkage strategies.
SAIOMA worked with a network of 306 agro-dealers across various trading centres in the project areas. These agro-dealers were trained in business management and technical aspects. The agro–dealers were also linked to input supply companies to enable them access improved agro-inputs for onward sale to smallholder farmers. The project assisted the agro-dealers to acquire seed on consignment (credit) from the seed companies.