Last month two of our consultants spend the week at the Taunggyi, Myanmar branch office of the micro finance institution Sathapana Ltd. The MFI is a partner in the Smart Agriculture Myanmar project and as such received capacity building training. Together with the fifteen participants, mostly loan officers, our team discussed the maize crop cycle, the main factors that help generate a higher yield as well as the hurdles and risks associated with maize farmers. Lastly the loan officers were trained in the use of our data collection app and they conducted a field test, interviewing four real farmers at their homes. Over the next weeks Sathapana will continue to interview maize farmers. Thanks to our credit scoring tools they will then decide which farmers qualify for input loans this coming maize season. We will keep you posted on the progress of the project.
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