Young farmer start-up in French Guyana

A young female farmer used RDP support to develop a farm business that would provide her with sufficient income in order to become a full time farmer.

Project summary: 

A young farmer, mother of 2 children and trained as an agronomist, wanted - through investing in experimental and innovative agroecological models - to develop a farm business that would provide her with sufficient income to become a full-time farmer.

The project supported the setting up of fruit and vegetable production in open fields and greenhouses of around 11 hectares. Support was also used to acquire equipment for clearing the fields, installing distribution ramps for irrigation and buying rootstock.

Project results: 

Twice a week one ton of vegetables is delivered to a wholesaler.

The farm’s revenue in 2018 amounted to EUR 8 100 and is expected to increase in the years to come.

Since 2016, a part-time employee (20 hours / week) was hired though a subsidized employment contract.