Organised Farmers

as partners in agribusiness

moderated by Rolf Schinkel

This page fosters exchange between professionals working with farmers' organisations worldwide.

By sharing experiences and knowledge and through dialogue, we aim to increase inclusion of smallholder farmers in agricultural production chains. Please feel free to share!


Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

ATELIER D'INFORMATION DES ENTREPRENEURS AGRICOLES ET FIRMES SUR L'OUTIL 2-2Trade

le Vendredi 24 novembre 2016, s'est tenu dans les enceintes de l’hôtel Emeraude un atelier d'information et de formation sur l'outil de mise en relation Producteurs-Firmes. 26 Participants issus des Organisations de producteurs , institutions étatiques, ONGs, entreprises Privés, ont pris part à cet activité.

"It Takes 2-2 trade ou relations Producteurs- Firmes  se propose comme un instrument permettant la facilitation de la relation primaire de la relation existante entre producteurs (farmers) et grandes entreprises (firms). La connaissance des besoins des uns et des autres reste un préalable pour une relation d’affaires conséquente. Cette évaluation de la relation( forces et faiblesses) est suivi par une planification d'action conjointe pour l'amélioration et le maintien de la relation d'affaires.

L'outil a été développé par CDI / WUR, Royal Tropical Institute

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Posted By in 2-2 Trade
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

New version of 2-2 Trade Spreadsheets

December 2nd 2016 a new version of the 2-2- Trade Spreadsheet was published on the AgriProFocus on-line platform. 

New in this version:

- lighter and faster response to input;

- published as excel template. When you open it, it produces a copy of itself. No risk of damaging the original anymore.


If you have suggestions for improvements, please let us know!


Best regards,


Rolf Schinkel

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 2 months 5 days ago

Networks of Rural Producer Organizations in Uganda: What Can be Done to Make Them Work Better?

Article by: Evgeny Latynskiy, Thomas Berger, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

Published in: World Development, Volume 78, February 2016, Pages 572–586.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305750X15002363

Okello Justine Its abig question we need to sort out,we are trying with the seedlings project in soroti uganda 

2 months 2 days ago

Nicole Metz dear Okello, Thanks for your reaction. Do you have sufficient access to knowledge / advice for that work? Or could we assist you linking to others? 

2 months 1 day ago

Okello Justine This is awesome we need that too but more so financial support because all of us did agriculture  thus link us if possible

2 months 22 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

Version Française et Bahasa ci-dessous.

Online discussion

What is the biggest challenge for an agri-entrepreneur?

Farmers around the world are dealing with many challenges in agriculture every day. Starting from scaling up productivity to supplying enough food for the earth population, land owning and farmland loses, agricultural resource degradation (soil health, water, and seed), climate change, and their own well being. In farm area, they still often face difficulties to access the market, information, and capital.

In your opinion, what is the most difficult challenge faced by farmers in their daily practice? How can we overcome and manage these challenges?

Please share your idea and experience by leaving a comment below. All of your voices will be shared to Hack-a-farm Innovation Camp participants in Yogyakarta, Indonesia next month! Kindly click here for more information about Hack-a-Farm.

Please feel free using english or french.

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Diskusi online

Apa tantangan terbesar bagi usah

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Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Terima kasih Kang Ence atas penjelasan Salibu, yang berminat bisa unduh petunjuk praktik Salibu dari Kementan berikut http://bbpadi.litbang.pertanian.go.id/index.php/publikasi/panduan-teknis/content/item/235-panduan-teknologi-budidaya-padi-salibu (only in bahasa). @Hendri terima kasih masukannya, apakah menurutmu petani sudah sejahtera?

2 months 2 weeks ago

Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Ence Explanation about Salibu Method:
Salibu is a method to increase number of paddys harvesting (two or three times) by cutting the first reap and leave about 2-3 cm of paddy's stream/straw with its root still planting and growing it as new paddys plant, and start over again. The important things about this method are: irrigation, pest and disease management, and the fertilizer. 

2 months 2 weeks ago

Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Hendri Susanthi comment in english:
None of the challenges mention above are the problem. The only challenge is how to be a farmer who not only think about their own benefit.

2 months 2 weeks ago

Okello Justine Truly there various challenges facing agriculture(rain  scaristy ,market,machinery, insecticide and pesticide, fertilizer, poor quality seeds and breeds, financial chanenges ,poor management, and others join  us in awareness and educational program with www.facebook.com/agrictechug   

2 months 2 weeks ago

Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Thank you @Okello Justine

2 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in Coffee Corner
Posted 3 months 3 weeks ago

Asesmen ScopeInsight VECO di Indonesia untuk Kopi dan Cokelat

Pertama kali di tahun 2016, VECO Indonesia melakukan asesmen untuk 14 organisasi petani mitranya menggunakan SCOPEinsight –penyelia alat asesmen dan analisis terkemuka- yang mengukur level profesionalitas organisasi petani. Alat ini menyediakan mekanisme langsung untuk mengungkap kekuatan dan kelemahan sehingga organisasi bisa lebih mudah menyikapinya. Alat asesmen SCOPE Dasar berfokus pada delapan tema utama, yaitu: Manajemen Internal, Operasional, Manajemen Keuangan, Suplai, Pemasaran, Resiko Eksternal, Enabler, dan Keberlanjutan. Khusus untuk organisasi petani yang menggunakan alat asesmen SCOPE Pro, ada penilaian tambahan yang menekankan Kinerja Keuangan.

Laporan yang dihasilkan oleh alat SCOPEinsight ini tak hanya digunakan oleh VECO Indonesia untuk mendapatkan gambaran tentang kemajuan para mitranya. Laporan ini juga bermanfaat bagi organisasi petani, misalnya sebagai dasar mengembangkan kapasitas anggota organisa

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 months 1 week ago

Dutch Seeds Debate

Support small farmers with seeds, services and education


This is the report of a debate organised by Agriterra in April 2016 in the context of the Small Farmers, Big Deal campaign.

One of the action points listed at the end of the report: “Developing the seed sector needs an integrated supply chain approach with better products (seeds) but also education and services that stimulate good farming practices, financing and market linkages. “

http://www.smallfarmersbigdeal.org/public/nieuws/5-verslag-gb-agriterra.pdf

Posted By in Farm-Firm Relations Rwanda
Posted 7 months 3 weeks ago

Expert Meeting on 2-2 Trade: ''Strengthening Farmer-Firm relations'' 

On Wednesday, 25th May 2016 was held an Expert Meeting on 2-2 Trade at Hotell Hilltop & Country Club. 43 participants drawn from Companies, Knowledge Institutes and NGOs attended this workshop.

It Takes 2-2 Trade' is a tool for assessment and improvement of Farmer-Firm business relations. 2-2 Trade focusses on bringing the most improtant perceived strengths and weaknesses within a business relation between farmers and firms to the surface. By facilitated discussion on these perceived strengths and weaknesses, mutual understanding is created between Farmers and Firms. This is followed by joint action planning for improvement and maintenance of the business relation. The tool was developed by CDI/WUR, Royal Tropical Institute and AgriProFocus.

In his presentation, Mr Ted Schrader from CDI/WUR, clearly defined farmer-firm relations basing on real cases where most often, farmers sell to traders, brokers and firms on a

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 8 months 2 hours ago

Bonjour

Depuis lundi  le  23 Mai 2016;je travaillais  à Kigali avec le facilitateur du réseau ;et au cours de la semaine j 'ai participé à un événement sur la présentation de l' outil 2-2 trade ;qui  a été faite par les experts provenant de CDI  au Pays Bas et d 'AgriProFocus Pays bas .A Cette occasion ;on a suivi également des présentations des cas concrets sur l' utlisation de l 'outil 2-2 Trade pour les entreprises et les coopératives du BURUNDI  et du RWANDA. Cet événement a rencontré la participation de plusieurs membres et partenaires  du réseau et surtout les membres du secteur privé

Nous  vous partageons les photos de certains membres et partenaires du réseau pour vivre en image le événement .

Rolf Schinkel Yes, Jean Paul, it was an interesting presentation!

8 months 2 hours ago

NGENZI Thomas This event was real excited, and you may find more about it via this link http://agrifoprwa.org/?p=5917

7 months 4 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 8 months 1 week ago

2-2 Trade International Training

Are you responsible for the local sourcing of your company?

Are you supporting farmers or producer organizations who deliver to traders, processors or other companies?

Then the 2-2 Trade approach for Farmer – Firm relations is what you are looking for.

Join our training and e-coaching trajectory!

You are invited to participate in the first open 2-2 Trade training and e-coaching trajectory that will be organized during the months July, August and September 2016 in Uganda. The trajectory can be attended by a maximum of 20 participants.

What do you get:

- Five e-coaching and e-feedback sessions: from June 2016 until September 2016

- Training session 1 : 4-day session from 11-15 July 2016

- Training session 2 : 3-day session from 23-26 August 2016

Check our special training page on this online platform for more information: http://agriprofocus.com/two-to-trade-training

Daoulata MAIGA Formation Internationale sur ''2 to 2 et e-coaching trajectoire Vous êtes responsable de l'approvisionnement local de votre entreprise? Est-ce que vous soutenez les agriculteurs ou les organisations de producteurs qui livrent à des négociants, des transformateurs ou d'autres entreprises? Ensuite, l'approche 2-2 Trade pour des relations agriculteurs-entreprises, c'est ce que vous recherchez. Joignez-vous à notre formation et e-coaching trajectoire! Vous êtes invités à participer à la première ouverture 2-2 Trade formation et e-coaching trajectoire qui sera organisée pendant les mois Juillet, août et septembre 2016. La trajectoire peut être suivi par un maximum de 20 participants. Qu'est ce que tu obtiens: - Cinq e- coaching et des sessions e-feedback : de Juin 2016 jusqu’en Septembre 2016 - Session de formation 1 : Session 4 jours 11-15 Juillet 2016 - Session de formation 2 : Session 3 jours 23-26 Août 2016 Consultez notre page spéciale de formation sur cette plate-forme en ligne pour plus d'informations : http://agriprofocus.com/two-to-trade-training

8 months 1 week ago

Rolf Schinkel Merci Daoulata MAIGA pour l'interpetation en français. SVP notez que la langue utilisée dans la formation et e-coachinge sera l'anglais.

8 months 1 week ago

Posted By in Organised Farmers
Posted 9 months 6 days ago

Quality and innovation in food chains.

Lessons and insights from Africa


Editors: Jos Bijman and Verena Bitzer. Published: 2016 Pages: 274.

Improving product quality has become essential for food chains in developing countries. Quality and innovation in food chains: lessons from Africa presents a set of case studies on food quality improvement and innovation in African food chains, with cases from South Africa, Ethiopia, Benin, Uganda and Senegal.

The book is based on interdisciplinary collaborative research projects. An interdisciplinary approach leads to better insights in the opportunities and constraints for quality improvement, and helps public and private actors in seizing the opportunities and removing the constraints.

This publication shows how a co-innovation perspective can be developed and applied. Co-innovation entails the combination of technical, organisational and institutional changes, the involvement of various chain actors, and the introduction of complementary innovation

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Georges Djodji Akibodé La qualité et l'innovation dans les chaînes alimentaires. Leçons et perspectives de l'Afrique Editors: Jos Bijman et Verena Bitzer. Publié: 2016 Pages: 274. L'amélioration de la qualité des produits est devenue essentiele pour les chaînes alimentaires dans les pays en développement. La qualité et l'innovation dans les chaînes alimentaires: les leçons de l'Afrique présente un ensemble d'études de cas sur l'amélioration de la qualité des aliments et de l'innovation dans les chaînes alimentaires africaines, avec des cas en provenance d'Afrique du Sud, l'Ethiopie, le Bénin, l'Ouganda et le Sénégal. Le livre est basé sur des projets de recherche en collaboration interdisciplinaires. Une approche interdisciplinaire conduit à de meilleures perspectives dans les opportunités et contraintes pour l'amélioration de la qualité, et aide les acteurs publics et privés à saisir les possibilités en éliminant les contraintes. Cette publication montre comment une perspective de co-innovation peut être développée et appliquée. Co-innovation implique la combinaison de modifications techniques, organisationnelles et institutionnelles, la participation des différents acteurs de la chaîne, et l'introduction d'innovations complémentaires à différents niveaux de la chaîne alimentaire. La qualité et l'innovation dans les chaînes alimentaires: les leçons de l'Afrique est une lecture essentielle pour toute personne impliquée dans l'étude, le soutien et la mise en œuvre des améliorations de la qualité et des innovations dans les chaînes alimentaires. La publication complète, aussi comme des chapitres distincts, disponible en ligne (Open Access). http://www.wageningenacademic.com/doi/book/10.3920/978-90-8686-825-4 - Voir plus: http://www.agriprofocus.com

9 months 6 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 months 4 weeks ago

Going beyond stereotypes to strengthen your Farmer-Firm trade relation


Around 100 participants gathered on March 24 at the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam for the AgriProFocus Expert meeting: 'It Takes 2-2-Trade'.


A sustainable relationship between farmers and their customers is paramount for good business. To achieve this both parties need to be aware of each other's strengths, weaknesses, and perceptions. In a structured way, the 2-2-Trade tool brings these strengths, weaknesses and perceptions to the surface. With a facilitated, structured discussion 2-2-Trade creates mutual understanding between farmers and their customers creating space for development and new initiatives and opportunities that bring benefit to both.

The meeting focussed on how trade relations can be made more sustainable and profitable by looking at the critical components of the relation and how the 2- 2 Trade tool can be used in business cases of the participants.

Three cases where 2-2-Trade has been ap

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may
30

Training: Developing Private Sector Agro-Input Markets

Event posted by in Organised Farmers
  30 May 2016 to 03 June 2016 - All Day Event
  Arusha, Tanzania

IFDC - International Training Program on

Developing Private Sector Agro-Input Markets:

Designing and Implementing Targeted Input Subsidies


REGISTRATION FEES:

Early Bird - Registration and payment by march 30 : $ 1,500

Regular - Registration and payment by April 30 : $ 1,650

Late - After April 30 : $1,800

REGISTER HERE 

 


WHY PARTICIPATE?

As a result of the five-day training program, participants will be able to:

• Improve their technical knowledge of the design and operations of smart subsidy programs.

• Discuss the effectiveness and impact of market-friendly interventions instead of direct subsidies which tend to destabilize the market.

• Analyze the success factors of well-designed voucher programs.

• Explore security measures used to prevent fraud and voucher program abuse.

• Review and apply the best practices and lessons learned from well-functioning voucher progr

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feb
17

How SI makes your work even scalable, cost-effective & easy

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  17 February 2016, 14:00-15:00
  Webinar, Internet

Interested to know more about how to define professionalism, how state-of-the-art assessments allow for better informed decisions, and why leading organisations like the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and ICCO Cooperation choose to work with Scope Insight?


SCOPEinsight is pleased to invite you to their upcoming webinar about their new products and how they can add value to your business.

Hosted by Lucas Simons and featuring presentations by their key partners IFC and ICCO, the webinar discusses their simplified process, new pricing, and how your staff can be trained as assessors with the e-training modules. Moreover, Scope Insight will reveal a new exciting initiative for collaboration.

Sign up!


You can register for the following session:

  • Webinar 2: Wednesday 17 February, 14:00 – 15:00 CET / 16:00 – 17:00 EAT / 9:00 – 10:00 EST with a case presented by ICCO Cooperation on their Agri Business Booster.

(webinar 1 with IFC already took place on 10 February)


Agenda

  1. Introduction SCOP

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mar
24

Expert Meeting: 'It Takes Two to Trade'

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  24 March 2016, 13:00-18:00
  KIT, Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam

A sustainable relationship between farmers and their customers is paramount for good business. To achieve this both parties need to be aware of each other's strengths, weaknesses, and perceptions. In a structured way, the 2-2-Trade tool brings these strengths, weaknesses and perceptions to the surface.

With a facilitated, structured discussion 2-2-Trade creates mutual understanding between farmers and their customers creating space for development and new initiatives and opportunities that bring benefit to both.

That sounds nice, but what is in it for me?

After this session you understand:

• how trade relations can be made more sustainable and profitable by looking at the critical components of the relation.

• how the 2- 2 Trade tool can be used in your business cases.

What you can expect:

After a network lunch (13.00-14.00 hrs) with a.o. our Business Linkage advisors from several Country Networks, we will discuss:

1. Farmer – firm relations: A simple model with 7 critical components

2

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 11 months 3 weeks ago

RESOLVING THE CHALLENGES OF COLLECTIVE MARKETING AMONG SMALL HOLDER FARMERS

Smallholder farmers are scattered and, therefore, generally there is a need to bulk their produce in order to access lucrative markets. The present research wants to improve the capacities of collective marketing arrangements, like cooperatives, producer associations, village enterprises, etc. to resolve the challenges of collective marketing in face of competition.

Successful collective marketing experiences have been ‘build’ organizational assets that make their life easier. They regularly fine-tune their internal management and transaction modalities with members and non-members e.g. related with pricing, payments, and quantity or quality requirements. The process will focus on internal rules, contract conditions and control systems that have been developed in transactions with farmers and clients and that have proven effective and feasible in prevailing market conditions.

It is also widely recogniz

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Rolf Schinkel Hi Tonny Kibirige, Interesting subject you are working on. Can you tell us someting more about your research you write about? What is the insitute you work with, and can you share some more back-ground, documentation etc. ? What questions would you like people on the platform answering to? Recently we had a very interesting discussion, also about the challenges of marketing among small holders, and centered around middlemen. Maybe you see connections with that research and discussion. Have a look at http://agriprofocus.com/post/568ace7da93f252eceefb7d0 . Success with your reasearch and I hope you will get response from the platform! Rolf

11 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 11 months 3 weeks ago

Market access and efficiencies

Chapter of the final conference report 'Promoting Innovation and Trade in Horticulture' November 2015.

A key breakout session during the horticulture conference dealt with access to markets for horticultural producers. The session was facilitated by AgriProFocus Uganda, Ms. Lucy Asiimwe Twinamasiko. Powerpoint presentations used in the session are available via the links below.

Conclusions from the discussions

1) For development partners: Enterprises (firms) and farmers should both be empowered to develop their technical and business management capacities for sustainable market access opportunities unlike the current limited focus on empowering farmers to supply to modern markets.

2) For horticulture value chain actors: There should be joint action, exchange and learning especially on capacity building initiatives and market information sharing at a regional level so as to promote sustainable development through effective and efficient regional trade initiati

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Posted By in Organised Farmers
Posted 12 months 2 days ago

DATABASE OF INCLUSIVE BUSINESS PUBLICATIONS

The Practitioner Hub and the Inclusive Business Action Network have just launched Search Inclusive Business, a first of its kind, searchable, online database of inclusive business publications. The database brings together over 1,300 reports, case studies, tools and fact sheets about inclusive business from a wide range of authors and organisations. Search for a particular sector or region, or simply browse the featured listings, and explore the largest array of inclusive business publications on the internet today at:

SearchInclusiveBusiness.org


Sylvest Masereka We have 30 acres of land on sales in 3 blocks in Kasese District. It is good for investment in goat or local cattle rearing. An acre ranges from 2- 3 million UGX Contact us on + 256 774 098 385 or 703680609

12 months 2 days ago

Didier MUYIRAMYE Dear Sylvestre, it could be better if you post the above comment in our market section: http://agriprofocus.com/agri-profocus-rwanda/marketplace. You can also include pictures of your land if you want. Best, Didier

12 months 2 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 year 1 week ago

OXFAM Novib

Uganda Impact Report: The World Citizens Panel

The World Citizens Panel (WCP) is an impact measurement methodology developed by Oxfam Novib. It is designed to measure and understand the changes in people’s lives resulting from Oxfam’s projects. The WCP combines quantitative research (impact surveys) with qualitative research (Stories of Change) to give participants in Oxfam Novib’s programmes a voice, to learn how our programmes can be improved, and to contribute to the public debate on the effectiveness of development cooperation.

This impact study of the programme in Uganda was carried out in 2014. About 170 interviewers carried out a total of 4,953 interviews; 17 partners carried out the surveys in their own areas of intervention. The study included a broad set of indicators, covering major dimensions of poverty and injustice. Data collected by partners with the help of a smartphone app was transferred into a central database, managed and analysed by the Oxfam Novib W

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 year 1 week ago

IFPRI Report: the barley value chain in Ethiopia


The broad goal of the study is to identify policy options to address the bottlenecks in the barley value chain. We analyzed the value chain from input supply and production to the terminal market and consumption across the four main regions of Ethiopia.  66p

http://www.ifpri.org/publication/barley-value-chain-ethiopia

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 year 2 weeks ago

Are middlemen facilitators or barriers to improve smallholders' welfare in rural economies? Empirical Evidence from Ethiopia

Abstract

Middlemen play an important role by linking farmers to traders and final markets. This is particularly the case in developing countries, where market failure is ubiquitous and food chains still consist of many stages. This paper analyzes the factors affecting the farmers' decision to trade through middlemen and the impact of this choice on income and commercialization. We conceptualize middlemen both as an economic institution and as a social network structure. On the basis of data from 345 farmers in Ethiopia we found that several socioeconomic variables – particularly age, education, farm size, wealth and location – and social network variables – notably ethnic and religious ties – have an influence on farmers' choice of sales arrangement.

Regarding income effects, gross profit was 225% higher for farmers without intermediation. This could b

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Rolf Schinkel I think there are. I addresed directly some people and organizations of whom I think they can add interesting new perspectives from their point of view. Let's see what happens!

1 year 1 week ago

Gumataw Kifle Abebe That's great! Looking forward to it

1 year 1 week ago

Paschal Paul Dear all,these middle men encourage what we call batter system trade by doing so they increase money circulation in rural economic development Without middle men in rural economy, smallholder farmers may suffer to meet their basic need requirement due to the fact,basic social economic requirements are far from them,for instances bank,microfinance, development institution which may encourage money circulation in rural areas are not enough available and which are there like local authorities officers, primary and secondary personnels are payid low salary with no incentive hence rural farmer cannot avoid to secure financial assistance from the middle man in any way of commodity exchange

1 year 5 days ago

Gizaw Legesse Dear All, it's has been a very informative discussion, thank you for Mr Gumataw for initiating it. We have been also trying to attract more participant by promoting this post on other social medias. We hope the discussion continues and reached to a concrete lesson to the rest of our members. Having said that, I have a question to Paschal Paul on the last comment - just seeking more clarification. Does the role of middlemen amount to assisting smallholders financially? The not availability of infrastructures may make their role important, like providing market information and so on. But are there middlemen, say who give payment of goods to the farmers beforehand?

1 year 4 days ago

Gumataw Kifle Abebe Thanks Gizaw for your compliments and taking this important discussion into other platforms. I hope we'll have someone willing to provide us a summary of the outcome of this discussion sometime in the future.

1 year 3 days ago