Research for Market Access

Following the success of the previous ESFIM researches, the ESFIM Research Support Fund was launched in 2015 with the support of AgriCord and Wageningen University & Research. The aim of the fund was to empower and provide strategic support to farmers’ organisation in developing countries with action-oriented research. Aim was to strengthen the position of smallholders in addressing the challenges they face in accessing markets and to strengthen local research capacity.

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. By end of 2018, 15 researches were implemented in 10 different countries.

The Fund is part of the Farmer Fighting Poverty (FFP) programme which is financed by the Government of the 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 have been supported by ESFIM. 


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


AOPEB – Fair and equitable taxation for smallholders in Bolivia

Burkina Faso

ROPPA – Regional Fund for the Financing of Family Farms and Farmers’ Organisations in West Africa
FEPA/B – Improved economic information

El Salvador

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


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


CRAM – Improvement of regional seed production systems for rice and beans Madagascar
CEFFEL – Optimalisation of potato seed systems in Madagascar


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


AVA – Legal clearance of property rights to enhance access to credit in Peru (2 research phases)


NUCAFEUnderstanding young people’s engagement with the coffee value chain in Uganda (2 research phases)


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