The workshop, which was funded under the Feed the Future initiative, provided the entrepreneurs with a network to access the latest research and best practices here in Ethiopia, neighboring countries, and the United States.
Fabrar Liberia plans to sell the rice on the local market, targeting consumers in Monrovia as well as large scale rice contracts in the private sector and the government. In May 2014, Fabrar Liberia bought 163 metric tons of rice worth $63,500 USD from 550 farmers in Lofa County, the largest procurement of rice by a local processor in the history of the country.
In November 2013, Darsh Industries applied for and received a grant from the Agriculture Fast Track Fund (a multilateral activity under the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition) to support planning surveys and assessments for a proposed $6.7 million investment in a new tomato processing facility in Iringa, located in central Tanzania. The new plant will double the company’s production capacity.