People development

To ensure a positive outcome for the outgrowers the focus is more to invest in “people” rather than in “things”. A traditional approach to this type of development has been to first build the infrastructure and all the physical elements. Then, the primary focus has been to integrate the people into what has been built. In the approach being adopted by the Agro EcoEnergy Outgrower Scheme, people’s skills will be developed through training in proven business thinking and organization, as well as modern and proven agricultural technology. The outgrower scheme is an integral part of Agro EcoEnergy project business model and will enable local farmers to substantially increase their incomes and improve their livelihoods. Hence the statement: “Using sugar cane to grow people”