The intervention has provided positive net income for both outgrowers and companies. At the same time, the BPPC has stopped receiving support from R2J after August 2017 and is now running the model on its own, although with a lower number of participating farmers and modest profits. There were particular challenges in achieving the projected incomes (for both companies and farmers) and number of jobs, resulting in numbers below the initial expectations.Two factors contributing to this were, in the first place, the low market prices for chicken during the selling time and, in the second place, the difficulties faced during the first round for participating women (most of whom dropped the scheme after the first round). For future variation the constraints inhibiting women’s participation in the buyback scheme need to be addressed, to indicate the level of support needed in the intervention. Preliminary findings point out the need to support women cooperatives or groups. In this way, women outgrowers can work collectively, exchange experience and knowledge, and address constraints in common as they arise. There’s a need to link women (through cooperative or producer groups) with suitable financial services.
Certainly, the capacity of the out-growers (farmers) in terms of poultry rearing, hygiene, vaccination and accessing to high-yield markets has been improved, as well as the technical capacity building of the Balkh Poultry Production Company and the reporting officer (from BCCI) in business and value chain development. The BPPC has indeed adopted the scheme as part of its operations, showing initial positive signs of systemic change. For their new plans, the company is interested in attracting a higher number of outgrowers of up to 150. There is a huge demand from people at the community level to participate in such a scheme. However, when the companies and poor farmers know about the advantages of this system, hundreds (500 estimated) may wish to start broiler farms.
As previously mentioned, this will, however, put a strain on the finances of BPPC to be able to afford the inputs and necessary equipment that farmers need. As a response, BPPC has started facilitating information and linkages between participating outgrowers and a Microfinance Institution (MFI).