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Fair and equitable taxation for smallholders in Bolivia

AOPEB (Asociación de Organizaciones de Productores Ecológicos de Bolivia) has 85 member organisations and represents about 70,000 households in Bolivia. AOPEB was founded in 1991 and focuses on the organic production, processing, marketing and capacity building to improve self-sufficiency and food sovereignty of farmers and indigenous communities in Bolivia.

Formally registered economic farmer organisations need to pay value-added taxes on their sales, while they cannot get invoices from their suppliers (smallholder farmers) to lower this tax burden. ESFIM supports research to analyse the tax regulations, reviewing past initiatives and new possibilities to create a mechanism (such as an improved Régimen Agrario Unificado – RAU) that reduces the tax burden of farmers organisations. This will improve their economic position compared with competing traders, who often work in the informal economy and pay no value-added tax.

The implementation of the project will start in the 2nd quarter of 2017. The project will be finalised by the end of 2017.

Legal clearance of property rights to enhance access to credit

AVA (Asociación Verde Amazónico) consists of 15 Associations and Cooperatives who represent about 6,000 cocoa and coffee producers in the San Martín region of Peru. The objective of AVA is to represent its members and provide strategic services to grassroots organisations: education and training of producers, advice on organic and sustainable production programs, commercial advice and promotion of responsible management and the conservation of the natural resources.

Most cooperatives have constructed infrastructure on lands that has no defined property status, and cannot be used as a guarantee for loans. Local and regional governments are willing to resolve this issue whenever the cooperatives prepare the legal documents. ESFIM funds the work of (a team of) specialised lawyers who investigates the legal status of the infrastructure with the board of the cooperative. In each of the 15 member cooperatives of AVA, they compile a folder with all documents required and assists the board to start the legal clearance process.

The implementation of the project started at the beginning of 2017. The project will be finalised end 2017.

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 »