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!
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.Read more
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!
Article by: Evgeny Latynskiy, Thomas Berger, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany
Published in: World Development, Volume 78, February 2016, Pages 572–586.
Version Française et Bahasa ci-dessous.
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.
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... Read more
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. “
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... Read more
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 .
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
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... Read more
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... Read more
IFDC - International Training Program on
Developing Private Sector Agro-Input Markets:
Designing and Implementing Targeted Input Subsidies
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.
You can register for the following session:
(webinar 1 with IFC already took place on 10 February)
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... Read more
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... Read more
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.
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... Read more
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:
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... Read more
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
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... Read more