Improving market opportunities for smallholder farmers through the implementation of school feeding programs.
In January 2014, the Clinton Foundation launched Acceso Peanut Enterprise Corporation (APEC), a peanut supply chain social business aimed at improving Haitian smallholder livelihoods through market connections and improved sustainable agriculture techniques.
The MSN and APEC have implemented a school feeding program that simultaneously supports the MSN and the needs of their member schools students, while increasing the utilization of APEC’s existing purchase network and generating additional short and long-term revenue for both existing and new APEC farmers.
In 2016, with the support of the WK Kellogg Foundation, APEC expanded its activities into a number of additional crops in an effort to deliver greater benefits to smallholder farmers and local and international buyers seeking Haitian production.
Most peanut farmers had already grown multiple types of crops, but APEC’s expansion provided an opportunity to help farmers to use their land more strategically and sustainably, with better crop rotations, and by bringing crops like mango and lime into production via intercropping.
Program’s Key Objectives:
To create a cost effective school feeding program that will help to incentivize rural school attendance and student performance, while creating economic opportunities for APEC’s partners by effectively leveraging its farmer and buyer networks.
APEC will serve 2,400 students from March to July 2018 and will scale to 3,600 students in August 2018 at the start of the new school year.