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Now Out: ESFIM book documents research support to advocacy strategies of national farmer organisations in eleven countries

May 1, 2014 9:58 pm

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Empowering smallholder farmers in markets: experiences with farmer-led research for advocacy

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The Empowering Smallholder Farmers in Markets programme (ESFIM) creates a space for learning-by-doing on institutional modalities to bridge the gap between the research community and national farmer organisations on issues relating to smallholder market access. It generates research-informed proposals for change in the enabling/disabling institutional environment and it supports the capacities of national farmer organisations to engage in related advocacy activities. This book describes the dynamics in eleven countries that were included in the programme between 2008 and 2013. Context mattered and this is demonstrated in the diversity in themes prioritised and selected in each of the countries. These ranged from research on modalities of collective marketing to the generation of evidence on the impact of seed programmes, the design of market information systems and electronic trading systems to the legal and administrative hurdles that prevent smallholders from selling to government procurement programmes. The chapters give insight in the advocacy strategies of national farmer organisations and their use of research and evidence to strengthen the voice of smallholder farmers and formulate pro-active proposals for change.

Preface – Mark Holderness

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Introduction: Strengthening the advocacy capacities of national farmer organisations through collaborative   research – Giel Ton and Felicity Proctor

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FUPRO-Benin: preparing the ground for value chain links and sector policies – Ted Schrader, Dossa Aguemon and Bertus Wennink

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CIOEC-Bolivia: successful advocacy for legal recognition of the sector – Giel Ton, Christian Gouët and Ninoska Gonzalez

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CMC-Costa Rica: women take-up a role in the national advocacy platform – Jean-François Le Coq

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FFA-India: collaborative research needs more structure than just personal charisma – Felicity Proctor and Bart Doorneweert

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KENFAP-Kenya: in-house research capacity to monitor government policy – Gideon Onumah

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CPM-Madagascar: rearticulating farmer groups in a weak state – Frederic Lançon

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NASFAM-Malawi: ownership of the research process influences its use in advocacy – Helena Posthumus

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JNC-Peru: coffee cooperatives support a policy platform of the wider agricultural sector – Giel Ton

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FFF-Philippines: towards a smallholder-inclusive Agricultural Commodity Exchange – Frédéric Lançon

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UNFFE-Uganda: grassroots consultations to refine the national agricultural advisory services – Bette Harms, Gerdien Meijerink and Augustine Mwendya

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CAF-Uruguay: cooperatives discover their role in innovation – Giel Ton and Henri Hocdé

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ESFIM’s impact on capacities for evidence-based advocacy – Karin de Grip and Giel Ton

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