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Traditionally, lack of reliable market access for smallholder farmers has impeded the economic development of rural areas because farmers often live far from the wholesale markets, and it is not feasible for them to deliver their produce directly. Highly fragmented systems encourage farmers to navigate through farmer groups or brokers to get their produce to markets. Fluctuating, non-transparent prices are often the result.
The 1st Report of the ROPPA’s FAMILY FARMS REGIONAL OBSERVATORY (OEF / ROPPA) addresses four issues which successively deliver (i) a farmer’s interpretation of West African family farm features over the past two agricultural campaigns; (ii) a table of local consulting support received by these FFs; (iii) an analysis of the policies which these FFs and their central organizations had to face; and (iv) the FFO’s perspectives.
Mountain Hazelnut’s business model is deceptively simple but not without considerable risks. Using hazelnut saplings grown in their own nursery in Bhutan, Mountain Hazelnuts distribute them to farmers to plant on fallow land that has no commercial use.
IFC, working in partnership with GAFSP, Atlantic, Starbucks Corporation, and the Inter-American Development Bank, has developed an innovative way to provide farmers with the long-term financing and technical assistance they need to fight coffee rust.
Global Agriculture and Food Security Program Announces $107 Million in Grants to Fight Hunger and Poverty
Partners in the GAFSP announced $107 million in grants to five countries−Benin, Bhutan, Kenya, Laos PDR, and Timor Leste−for country-led initiatives to increase agriculture productivity, reduce poverty, and improve food and nutrition security.
Thanks to funding from the GAFSP Private Sector Window, and the UK and Norwegian governments, IFC was able to team up with local feed producers and hatcheries to help poultry farmers become more efficient and earn more.
IFC and the private sector window will each invest $3 million to support growth and expansion of africaJUICE, sub-Saharan Africa’s first Fairtrade certified company that both grows and processes tropical fruit.