Agriterra professionalizes farmers' cooperatives and organisations in developing countries. We do this by bringing in experts from the Dutch agricultural world.
Agriterra is the only organisation worldwide who strengthens cooperatives by using cooperative expertise and peer-to-peer advice from its top agri & food sector. They are able to accomplish this because of our strong roots in the Dutch agri & food top sector and network in the Netherlands and abroad.
Board & founders
Agriterra was founded in 1997 by Kees Blokland and the following Dutch rural people’s organisations:
• LTO Noord, ZLTO and LLTB (united in LTO Nederland, the Dutch Federation of Agriculture and Horticulture, http://lto.nl
• the Dutch Foundation of Cooperating Women's Organisations (SSVO)
• the National Cooperative Council for Agriculture and Horticulture (NCR, http://cooperatie.nl
• the Dutch Agricultural Youth Organisation (NAJK, https://www.najk.nl/
These organisations make up the Board and the Advisory Council of Agriterra. The Board is chaired by Albert Jan Maat, who is also the chairman of LTO Nederland, the Dutch Organisation of Agriculture and Horticulture.
Sharing knowledge, training and exchange of experience are in Agriterra’s DNA. Uniquely, Agriterra can provide expertise and experienced experts at every level of the cooperative or farmers’ organisation: board, management, employees and members.
Agriterra gives practical answers to concrete questions when it comes to primary production and entrepreneurship, financial and operational management of the organisation and the establishment of financially sustainable service provision to members or governance and leadership.
Agriterra provides a complete package of advice, training and exchange, with a strong focus on the added value of cooperatives and organisation to your farmer members.
With Agriterra, farmer organisations and cooperatives that want to make a difference get access to hands-on expertise on key issues such as marketing of agricultural products, extension services, setting up study groups and record keeping for farmers. They strengthen organisations at local, district, national and regional levels.
Agriterra focuses on three approaches: Farmer Businesses, Farmer Services and Farmer Lobby. They believe the success of organisations and cooperatives lies in the combination of these approaches. Bankable cooperatives are the basis of economic development. Farmer entrepreneurship is enhanced by organisation development, improving extension services and supply chain development. Finally, a good business climate for farmers is enforced by effective lobbying of/for their farmer organisations and cooperatives.