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Empowering Smallholder Farmers in Markets

 

New ESFIM Research Support Fund for market access

AgriCord and Wageningen University have launched the ESFIM Research Support Fund. The fund will provide strategic support with action-oriented research that empowers Farmers Organisations in developing countries. The objective of the ESFIM Research Support Fund is to strengthen the position of farmers, particularly smallholders, in resolving problems related with the improvement of their market position.

Based on calls for proposals, Farmers Organisations within the network of Agri-Agencies of AgriCord can submit draft research proposals for external research support to address problems that limit market access for smallholder farmers. The draft research proposals will be reviewed by the ESFIM Evaluation Committee. Farmers Organisations with an approved draft research proposal are requested to develop a more comprehensive and detailed final research proposal. In the stage of developing the final research proposal, Farmers Organisations will receive support from Wageningen University in improving the research methodology and research questions. The completed final research proposal will be submitted to the ESFIM Evaluation Committee and the AgriCord Project Committee for final approval. After approval of the final research proposal the ESFIM Research Support Fund will help the Farmers Organisation with the selection and supervision of the local researchers who will carry out the research activities.

The ESFIM Research Support Fund is part of the Farmer Fighting Poverty (FFP) programme which is financed by the Government of Netherlands. The general objective of this programme is to contribute to poverty reduction, strengthening the capacities and enhancing the operations of the organisations of smallholders’ farmers in developing countries.

For more information about the ESFIM Research Support Fund please email: researchsupportfund@esfim.org


Free download of the book: ESFIM experiences with farmer-led research for advocacy

  • Edited by Giel Ton and Felicity Proctor
  • Published in November 2013

flyer-book-promotion-def-no-border_Page_1In many countries, it is not the policy, as such, but the budgetary, technical and/or administrative implementation of the specific policy that falls short and needs to be adjusted to generate positive impact for smallholders. Policy instruments and institutional arrangements have to be designed and built in a technically feasible and effective way for the objective of poverty reduction and food security to be reached. And learning between countries on the pros and cons of these instruments is key in this innovation and policy design process. ESFIM’s overall objective is to generate demand-driven action research supportive to the policy activities undertaken by farmers’ organisations to strengthen the capacities of smallholder farmers in developing countries to generate remunerative cash income from markets by creating an enabling policy and regulatory environment as well as effective economic organisations and institutions.

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New ESFIM Research Support Fund for market access

AgriCord and Wageningen University have launched the ESFIM Research Support Fund. The fund will provide strategic support with action-oriented research that empowers Farmers Organisations in developing countries. The objective of the ESFIM Research Support Fund is to strengthen the position of farmers, particularly smallholders, in resolving problems related with the improvement of their market position. read more »

Case-studies on organisational intelligence of economic farmer organisations in Bolivia

In 2011, 38 economic farmer organisations have been studied to describe the rules and regulations that they implemented to resolve the tension between the interest of the group and the interest of the individual member when engaged in collective marketing. In 2013, 28 of these organisations could be visited again, and changes in their governance have been analysed. The research is published as Chapter 8 in the book:

  • Giel Ton (2015) Measuring Tension and Intensions: Mixing methods in the impact evaluation of development support to farmer organisations.

This chapter has been revised and shortened in the Journal of Development Effectiveness, DOI 10.1080/19439342.2016.1231702

  • Giel Ton (2016).  Contribution Analysis of a Bolivian innovation grant fund: Mixing methods to verify relevance, effictiveness.

The case summaries are available here as supplemental material – annex-supplementary-material