Research Support Fund

In 2016 AgriCord and Wageningen University 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 have submitted draft research proposals for external research support to address problems that limit market access for smallholder farmers. The draft research proposals have been reviewed by the ESFIM Evaluation Committee. Farmers Organisations with an approved draft research proposal have been requested to develop a more comprehensive and detailed final research proposal. In the stage of developing the final research proposal, Farmers Organisations received support from Wageningen University in improving the research methodology and research questions. The completed final research proposal have been 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.

The research projects below are supported by ESFIM. For more information about the ESFIM Research Support Fund please email: researchsupportfund@esfim.org



TTHCA – Value chain analysis for acacia products and feasibility assessment of PEFC and FSC group certification in Vietnam


C.C.A. de R.L. – Market and value chain analysis of the sugar cane sector in El Salvador


Sundardeep – Market and value chain analysis of carp supply chain in Nepal


ROPPA – Regional Fund for the Financing of Family Farms and Farmers’ Organisations in West Africa


NUCAFE – Investigating current and future drivers and barriers to youth participation in the coffee value chain in Uganda


ADAD Malore – Strategic orientation of the organisation of smallholder farmers in the Kukës region, Albania


CEFFEL – Optimalisation of potato seed systems in Madagascar


CRAM – Improvement of regional seed production systems for rice and beans Madagascar


Asociación Verde Amazónico – Legal assessment on how to improve property rights for farmers in Peru


AOPEB – Fair and equitable taxation for smallholders in Bolivia


FEPA/B – Improved economic information


DACF – Market and value chain analysis of potato in Nepal


SPPQT – Analysis of the coffee market and supply chain in Indonesia