Prime has a diverse work history. Here’s a round-up of what we’ve been up to around the globe in the past 10 years.
Afghanistan Agricultural Support Programme
♦ Country: Afghanistan
♦ Acronym: ASP
♦ Year: Phase I 2011-14; Phase II 2011-17
♦ Target: 8,000 rural households
♦ Budget: USD 10 million
♦ Length: 6 years
♦ Donor/Funder: New Zealand Aid Programme, United Kingdom Department for International Development
Prime designed and implemented a comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme (ASP) in Bamyan Province, Afghanistan in two phases between 2011 and 2017.
The ASP focused on field crops, horticulture, rangeland and pasture management, livestock, apiaries, downstream product processing/marketing, rural infrastructure and institutional capacity building components.
An integrated value chain approach was implicit in the design of the ASP and activities targeted the particular needs and opportunities of the central highlands agricultural environment.
Tapping into existing farmer co-operatives across four districts, Prime was able to grow farmers’ average household incomes by over 35 per cent within three years. Wheat yields increased by 80 per cent, potato yields improved by 32 per cent and farmers welcomed a substantial reduction in livestock mortality.
Prime also provided horticultural training, tractors and other implements, set up a beekeeping initiative for women, improved animal health services, developed the business case for a commercial potato packhouse and managed its construction and start up.
The potato packhouse acts as an aggregation centre and has a 600-metric tonne bioclimatic storage warehouse, as well as grading and packing equipment that can grade and sort up to 12 tonnes of potatoes per hour.
A super cooperative known as Hojat Nawin was formed to operate the storage, packing and marketing business and. Hojat Nawin is comprised of seven primary farmer cooperatives and now trades profitably on its own account.
In addition to the potato packhouse, Prime provided 64 tractors and other farming implements for farmer cooperatives as part of the ASP. This was early on in the programme, in 2011. Sustainability of this intervention resulted from ensuring that by the time the ASP wound up in 2017, locals had the knowledge and skills to maintain the equipment, including trained tractor operators to mechanics, and the business acumen to run a cooperative-led business, which involved renting the tractors out.
To this day, this model ensures that sufficient revenue is generated to not only fully maintain the tractors but also provide cooperative members with another a source of income.
Prime also established a women-owned and-operated honey bee processing and marketing cooperative as part of the ASP. The economic and social impacts of this all-female business provide substantial improvements to social cohesion for women in their community. Furthermore, this business now is considered a senior apiculture authority in Afghanistan.
The ASP also addressed acute water shortages in four districts, by overseeing the construction of 20 check dams and an irrigation canal, which allowed locals to hold back water during dry spells and introduce new crops.
More information on the aspect of the programme is available in our book From the Mountains to the Fields – Dam Development in Bamyan, Afghanistan, which is available online here.
Arghandab Integrated Water Resources Project
♦ Country: Afghanistan
♦ Year: 2017-18
♦ Budget: USD 498,000
♦ Donor/Funder: Asian Development Bank
Prime provided leadership and technical expertise to the Arghandab Integrated Water Resources Project in 2017 and 2018 in partnership with our New Zealand subsidiary Nimmo-Bell & Associates Ltd.
Funded by the Asian Development Bank, the ongoing Arghandab Integrated Water Resources Project aims to improve the availability and use of water resources for irrigated agriculture and livestock fodder production, urban water supply and power generation in Kandahar.
Our services in relation to this project in 2017 and 2018 included delivering three feasibility study reports for power development, water supply and irrigation development.
We also provided financial analysis and security/risk management assistance.
Gako Beef and Goat Investment Feasibility Study
♦ Country: Rwanda
♦ Year: 2018
♦ Budget: US 100,000
♦ Donor/Funder: Rwanda Development Board, USAID Rwanda
Funded by the Rwanda Development Board and USAID Rwanda, Prime completed a feasibility study to determine the business model and implementation plan for an integrated beef and goat farm-to-market operation on a 6000-hectare block of land owned by the Government in the Bugesera District of Kigali Province in Rwanda.
At the time of the study, the site was farmed by a mix of entities, including farmer cooperatives, the army pension fund and private business entrepreneurs, who had jointly entered into agreements with the Government to develop the project as a public-private partnership.
The study investigated the viability of increasing the carrying capacity of the land to produce more livestock. It also researched the viability of constructing a value-added slaughter and manufacturing plant.
Zambia Dairy Transformation Programme
♦ Country: Zambia
♦ Acronym: ZDTP
♦ Year: 2016-21
♦ Target: 6,000 smallholder dairy producers
♦ Budget: USD 5 million
♦ Length: 6 years
♦ Donor/Funder: New Zealand Aid Programme
Funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme, the five-year Zambia Dairy Transformation Programme or ZDTP is supporting smallholder dairy farmers to improve their productivity, milk quality and linkage to urban markets, driving the further commercialisation of a smallholder-based Zambian dairy sector.
Change is being driven principally by the market, through strengthened links between Dairy Cooperative Unions, made up of farmers members, and the country’s main dairy processors.
The programme is also working with carefully-selected farmer cooperative groups to build success models in order to show other farmers how improved dairy systems can deliver targeted outcomes.
Technical assistance is being provided through a team of highly-qualified and experienced international advisors working alongside Zambian counterparts.
The programme is being implemented by Prime in partnership with NIRAS International Development from Sweden.
Specific outcomes sought include:
♦ Improved on-farm production, inputs, systems and processes
♦ Increased capacity of farmers, extension officers and other dairy industry personnel
♦ Increased market-led milk handling, quality and processing capacity
♦ Improved policy and regulatory framework