Farmer Organizations

Farmer organizations are a formal or informal (registered or unregistered) membership-based collective action groups serving its members, who receive part or all of their livelihood from agriculture (crops, livestock, fisheries and/or other rural activities). They aim to improve the livelihoods of its members by facilitating access to information, markets, inputs, and advocacy.

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Marie Sow ICCO STARS
Spotlight: Across Africa, 80% of agricultural production comes from smallholder farmers, most of which are rural women. Yet, in countries like Senegal, only 20% of women have access to financial services and less than 30% of them are involved in governance for their Producer Organizations (POs). As a result, many women struggle to scale their farms and build their businesses. This blog explains how the ICCO STARS program, a Learning Lab partner, is working to address this challenge and empower female farmers through stronger access to finance.
Report: The 2015 international FGDA conference, "Improving Financial Inclusion of Smallholder Farmers”, brought together industry experts from MFIs and agricultural finance providers to exchange ideas and share best practices to close the financing gap for smallholder farmers.
Community: SCOPEinsight and the Cooperative Bank of Oromia (CBO) are partnering to increase transparency around agricultural SMEs and enhance the marketplace for agricultural finance in Ethiopia.

Farmer Organizations

Farmer organizations are a formal or informal (registered or unregistered) membership-based collective action groups serving its members, who receive part or all of their livelihood from agriculture (crops, livestock, fisheries and/or other rural activities). They aim to improve the livelihoods of its members by facilitating access to information, markets, inputs, and advocacy.