“Using Ethiopian onion varieties and test the best possible circumstances to improve the onion crop will be the starting point of this project”, says Jan Slot of De Groot en Slot B.V., Dutch world market leader in onion seed. A couple of weeks ago the project officially kicked off as the seeds are going into the ground. The knowledge of most of the onion farmers in Ethiopia is mainly passed on from generation to generation. With this project, De Groot en Slot B.V. and Agriterra aim to use that local knowledge and add the expertise of Dutch agricultural research to make the farmers more self-sufficient.Read more
As part of Agriterra’s Theory of Change our managing director Kees Blokland advocates to revisit the proposition of leaving nobody behind in agriculture which might run emotionally against the humanitarian vision of society that most of us share.
This scheme, embedded in Agriterra’s core work, is simply about selecting viable smallholder farmers that through their farmers’ organisations and cooperatives have decided to take the lead in their development and don’t wait for aid or public support to come and fix their problems. That’s why we emphasise the importance of working with ambitious farmers who are selected through scoping and assessment.
However, Team Kenya has turn it up a notch higher!!!Read more
Leading Agricultural Cooperatives in the Philippines rally behind plan to drive growth, competitiveness and sustainability in the agriculture sector
PHILIPPINES - Agriterra announces the virtual launch of the Agricultural Cooperative Development Agenda (ACDA) on February 24, 2021, to be led by some of the country’s largest and most influential agricultural cooperatives. The ACDA aims to support the creation of an enabling policy and business environment to strengthen the position of agri-coops in the value chain, the market, and with government and the private sector.Read more
Blog from Klaas Johan Osinga, Senior Advisor International Affairs at LTO Netherlands and Agripooler at Agriterra
Last Tuesday (26 January 2021), India celebrated its 62nd birthday, Republic Day. The scenes in New Delhi, however, were far from festive. Thousands of farmers 'marched' to the old town centre, many on noisy motorcycles, some on their tractor or horse. They had balloons and Indian flags with them. And such slogans as 'farmers feed India' and 'hands off our farms'. Elated supporters lined the road. It looked like an Indian wedding.Read more
In most African countries it is hard for young graduates to find a job. Under the Jobs, Jobs, Jobs Programme Agriterra aims to stimulate business-oriented farmer cooperatives to create rural employment opportunities.
In 10 African countries ambitious young professionals were offered the opportunity to gain work experience in rural farmer-led businesses at known Agriterra partners. Agriterra co-financed the salary costs of the cooperatives that were enrolled into the programme and it was guiding the young professionals and the cooperatives in the development, implementation and evaluation of their personal development plan.
MANILA — On its fourth year of providing business advice, training and learning exchange services to its client cooperatives, Agriterra Philippines organised the virtual Client Summit 2020 last December to look back at the implementation of the ‘Farmer Common Sense in Business Programme’ and to chart its path for future engagement. The programme was implemented from 2016 – 2020 as Agriterra’s strategy to strengthen cooperative entrepreneurship, professionalisation, and advocacy.Read more
Nicole Doornbos and Elvia van den Berg, both members of Vrouwen van Nu, have carried out assignments for Agriterra in the field of Human Resource Management in the past. They did this together for the first time in November 2020, and what’s more, they did it online.Read more
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