Our Work

Setting foundations

TOMAK is supporting farming families to live more prosperous and sustainable lives.
To do this, we are using a range of approaches that aim to:

  • Establish a foundation of food security and good nutrition for targeted rural households; and
  • Build household capacity to confidently and ably engage in agricultural markets by promoting development of selected agricultural value chains.

Building on lessons learned from six years of implementation, TOMAK Phase 2 is delivering an integrated suite of activities to help rural families build resilient agriculture-based livelihoods, maintain year-round access to nutritious food, and improve household dietary practices.

TOMAK Principles

Making Markets Work
for the Poor

TOMAK draws on the Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) methodology, which seeks to change the way markets work so that disadvantaged communities are included in the process and benefits of economic development. TOMAK is working closely with market players to ensure change in market systems that will last long after the program is completed.

Nutrition Sensitive
Agriculture

TOMAK has adopted Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture (NSA) approaches to maximise nutrition outcomes from its value chain activities. Concurrently, TOMAK is supporting social behaviour change communication activities to influence the way families and communities consume nutritious foods.

Gender Equality and
Women's Economic
Empowerment

Gender equality is at the heart of TOMAK and critical to its success. TOMAK has established a specialised team to help integrate gender equality, women’s economic empowerment, and other elements of social inclusion across the whole program.

Improved and sustainable government policies, programs and services

TOMAK is committed to capacity development and strengthening of government institutions to deliver improved programs and services to rural communities. This includes strengthening the capacity of Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) extension workers to deliver inclusive, nutrition-sensitive services to farmers (including women, youth and persons with disabilities). It also includes improvements to how MAF manages delivery of key veterinary and livestock services.

More resilient agriculture-based livelihoods

Together with government and NGO partners, TOMAK is supporting the development of resilient agriculture-based livelihoods by promoting improved natural resource management at community level, as well as climate-smart agriculture practices for improved production of high potential crops and livestock. The program is fostering greater economic empowerment by establishing community savings and loans groups and supporting farmers to build sustainable links with market actors to sell their produce and invest in agricultural inputs.

Improved household food security and dietary diversity

TOMAK is improving household food security by encouraging farming households to both produce nutritious food and reserve part of their production for year-round home consumption. The program promotes the benefits of a diverse diet for all family members and encourages the use of agricultural income and savings to purchase nutritious food as required.

Leaving no one behind – building an inclusive program

TOMAK includes a particular emphasis on women, youth and persons with disabilities as while these groups face similar challenges to other farmers (limited access to services, markets, and assets) these are compounded by institutional and structural barriers as well as discrimination that prevents them from participating equally in the agriculture sector.

Key achievements in Phase 1 (2016-2022)

Food security and nutrition

The TOMAK Food Security and Nutrition midline evaluation carried out in 2020 showed that overall TOMAK achieved its Phase 1 end of program outcomes. This included increasing access to, and consumption of, more nutritious food. TOMAK beneficiaries produced a greater number of crops, had more income sources, and had better access to credit. Increased nutrition knowledge, and improved nutrition attitudes and practices resulted in significantly higher dietary diversity for women or reproductive age, although smaller changes were observed for children aged 6-23 months. Household food security and food consumption scores were also higher in TOMAK-supported households.

Market systems development

Throughout Phase 1, TOMAK developed a close collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries’ extension service to support production of four target value chain crops (mung bean, red rice, shallot/onion, and peanut).

TOMAK’s Market Systems Development midline evaluation carried out in 2020 showed MAF extension workers had improved their service delivery to farmers and the vast majority of farmers thought their local extension worker provided good advice. As a result, TOMAK-supported farmers increased their application of good agricultural practices (GAP) over larger cultivation areas, resulting in greater volumes of produce.

For more information about Phase 1 activities and achievements, please visit our Resources page.

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