Food production Farmer Agency for Rural Economies


Farmer Agency for Rural Economies 2020

Family farmers produce food for a rapidly growing and increasing urban population. How can farmer entrepreneurs improve their income and well-being through effective collective action? Join this course and take home many practical tools and approaches for promoting farmer entrepreneurship and strengthening farmers’ organisations.

Organised by Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation

Mon 21 September 2020 until Sun 28 February 2021

Duration Part-time, 8hrs per week
Venue Facilitated online sessions
Price EUR 4,600.00

The course is about designing and facilitating farmer-inclusive development. Key elements are:

  • Realities of smallholder farmers
  • Governance, management and performance of farmers’ organisations
  • Value chain analysis
  • Improved stakeholder collaboration
  • A more enabling environment for farmer-inclusive development.

Don’t miss the opportunity to become a facilitator knowing how to bring about effective collective action of farmers’ organisations.

What will you learn?

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • To interpret farmer entrepreneurship in their own context;
  • To use methods and tools for farmer-inclusive agro-economic development;
  • To profile farmers to reveal their diversity and tailor interventions;
  • To assess the governance, management and performance of farmers’ organisations;
  • To analyse an agro-economic system including value chain and stakeholder mapping;
  • To strategize for improving farmers’ relations with other stakeholders, such as sourcing companies, financial institutions, research, extension and others;
  • To plan and accompany the development of agribusiness cases piloted by farmers and their organisations.

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For who is this course?

Are you eager to promote farmer inclusion? If so, then this three-week course, emphasising farmer entrepreneurship and collective action, is for you. We welcome professionals from farmers’ organisations, governmental organisations, private sector, civil society organisations, universities, research and extension from different regions of the world. Proficiency in English is required.

Course programme in more detail

Family farms constitute the majority of the world’s small and medium enterprises. Ninety percent of all farms worldwide are family farms, mostly smallholders. These 500 million family farms represent one third of the world population, and provide 80% of the world’s food. Family farms are and will remain crucial for food availability and nutrition security. Family farms are small enterprises and make up the largest part of the private sector. However, the habit to treat farmers as target groups or beneficiaries of development programs is persistent. Government, company and donor efforts to listen to, and learn from farmers are still limited. As a result, farmers are still only partially involved in the design and implementation of rural development programmes.

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Experiences of professionals

In the course at WCDI we learned about the latest practical tools and approaches - how a farmer producer organisation can work, how farmers can become entrepreneurs. The course was crucial for me.
Bablu Chaudhari

Application for this course

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