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Farming for a Profit: Technical Guidance for Smallholder Financial Planning

Organizational Authors: 
The TOPS Program,
Mercy Corps
Year Published: 
2017

Smallholder farmers need to understand the production costs and profitability of their existing farming systems to realize the potential of investing in new approaches. This guide gives practical advice on financial skills, step-by-step instructions for calculations, an introduction to business plan development, and key resources for further reading.

This guidance is mainly for project staff working with smallholder farmers, such as those targeted by USAID Food for Peace (FFP)-funded programs. These farmers, who grow subsistence crops but may want to enter commercial markets or earn more cash income, are often new to financial planning.

Learn about The TOPS Program ANRM series of technical guides here.