Farmer Agency: a Practical Approach for Farmer-Inclusive Food System Transformation

Family farmers are the food producers of the world. They produce food for themselves, for the rural areas where they live and for the growing urban population. Paradoxically, smallholder farmers also make up the largest part of people facing food and nutrition deficiencies. The FARE approach (Farmer Agency for Rural Economies), which is central in this course, concentrates on farmers as central actors in food systems. The course shares many practical tools for promoting farmer entrepreneurship, the organisation and collective action of farmers and their collaboration with other actors and stakeholders. Join and become a facilitator of food system transformation, for making a difference, with and for farmers!

Organised by Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation

Mon 12 September 2022 until Fri 9 December 2022

Scholarship Financial support
Format Online
Credits Certificate
Group size 21-40

What will you learn?

Upon completion of this course you will have learned how to apply practical approaches and tools for farmer empowerment in food systems, with the aim to: 

  • Involve farmers and promote farmer entrepreneurship
  • Encourage the effective organisation and collective action of farmers
  • Improve yields and sustain production systems
  • Develop farmers’ positioning along value chains
  • Succeed inclusive agribusiness and agri finance
  • Create a more enabling policy, business and ICT environment for farmers.
  • Arrive at strategic and operational plans for farmer-inclusive food system transformation, with attention for six complementary intervention domains

You will be mastering the FARE cycle (shown below) and know how to apply it for your own FARE case and professional work situation. Curious to know more?  Please find more detailed information here: 

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FARE cycle

FARE cycle

For whom is this course?

Are you looking for practical food system approach that you can’t wait to apply yourself? Are you motivated to contribute to farmer empowerment and rural development in your country? Then this is the course for you!

We welcome professionals from farmers’ organisations, governmental structures, private sector, civil society organisations, universities, research and extension from different regions of the world. For this course you need to have a B.Sc. degree and a minimum of three years of  relevant work experience. Proficiency in English is required.

Course programme in more detail

Duration Part-time / 13 weeks
Studyload 130 hours – Flipped classroom approach with 25 assignments (72 hours) and 24 facilitated sessions (58 hours) – on average 12 hours per week
Programme Two assignments and two facilitated live sessions per week.
Break Yes, from 3-7 Oct. and from 31 Oct. - 4 Nov.

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