New ESFIM Research Support Fund for market access
In 2016 AgriCord and Wageningen University have launched the ESFIM Research Support Fund. The fund provides 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 are 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 receive support from Wageningen University in improving the research methodology and research questions. The completed final research proposal is submitted to the ESFIM Evaluation Committee and the AgriCord Project Committee for final approval.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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
In 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.
Optimisation of potato seed systems in Madagascar
CEFFEL (Conseil – Expérimentation – Formation en Fruits et Légumes) in Madagascar consists of 11 members, that represent 170,000 families. CEFFEL provides training sessions about production techniques and has a centre for trials and experiments. Furthermore CEFFEL also trains agricultural advisors, and supports its members with economic information. read more »
Improvement of regional seed production systems for rice and beans in Madagascar
CRAM (Cercle Régional des Agriculteurs Malagasy Fianarantsoa) was established in 1996 and has 250 members. CRAM focuses on the production of quality seeds for rice. CRAM collaborates closely with a sister farmer organisation APDIP, which is specialising in the production of quality bean seed. read more »
Investigating the current and future drivers and barriers to youth participation in the coffee value chain in Uganda
The National Union of Coffee Agribusiness and Farm Enterprises (NUCAFE) was established in 1995 and has 175 members that altogether represent 170,000 households in Uganda. NUCAFE represents the interests of coffee farmers in Uganda and aims at farmer empowerment by focusing on social development and business development. read more »
Market and value chain analysis of the sugar cane sector in El Salvador
The Central Cooperativa Agropecuaria is a cooperative society with limited liability (Spanish acronym: CCA de RL), legally established on April 27th, 1994. It is a second-tier organization with eleven member cooperatives that are situated in six different municipalities along the coastal area of the La Paz department. read more »
Market and value chain analysis of carp supply chain in Nepal
Sundardeep Women Fish Farmer Cooperative in the Chitwan district in Nepal, is engaged in carp farming integrated with vegetable production. Sundardeep was founded in 2012 and unites 25 female fish farmers. Sundardeep closely cooperates with other women fish farmer cooperatives in the region: Kapia Women Cooperative and Sri Churiya Cooperative. 297 women fish farmers and their families benefit from the activities from Sundardeep. read more »
Regional Fund for the Financing of Family Farms and Farmers’ Organisations in West Africa
ROPPA (Réseau des Organisations Paysannes et des Producteurs Agricoles de l’Afrique de l’Ouest) is a regional initiative from farmers’ organisations and agricultural producers in 13 West African countries. Approximately 1 million farmers benefit from the activities of ROPPA. Founded in 2000, ROPPA represents the interests of its members, support their members with training and information, and is involved in the implementation of agricultural and rural development programs. read more »