Hivos Southeast Asia had been implementing a Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) project on behalf of the DFAT-funded Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Promoting Rural Income through Support for Markets in Agriculture (AIP-PRISMA) program. The project, entitled “Commercial Pig Rearing in Nusa Tenggara Timur”, was implemented in Flores in partnership with private sector entities, civil society organizations, and individual farmers.
The objective of this program is for community economic empowerment through commercial pig farming to improve the livelihood and income of the community in East Nusa Tenggara region, especially in Sumba Island. This program is implemented by enhancing the community participation in a more profitable pig farming activities through farm animal breeding, sales of farm animals, capacity enhancement of fodder supplier, and helping cattle farmers to access loan facilities in financial institutions.
Implemented by emphasizing several constraints on farmers’ efficient participation in the market, namely: facilitating farmer access to finance; increasing the speed at which pigs can be raised via the introduction of improved pig breeds; encouraging the development of service providers for fodder, extension services, commercial aggregation and processing; and developing retail, wholesale and export potential in NTT.
After three years implementing the biogas program in Sumba, Rumah Energi through its partners had reach farmers community in four districts of Sumba as well as establish a good relationship with local partners also governments. With this skill and experience, Rumah Energi was selected to implement the M4P project in NTT (Sumba).