Written by Guido Guerra, Team Lead Planning Monitoring Evaluation and Learning department
Kasaali Farmers Cooperative Society (Kasaali) is a Ugandan primary cooperative founded in 2013 that bulks, processes and exports coffee green beans produced by more than 1,000 farmer members.
For many years, the Vereniging Agrarische Bedrijfsadviseurs (Association of Agricultural Business Advisers) has enjoyed a successful partnership with Agriterra. To this end, we regularly advertise challenging Agripool vacancies to their members for consultancy assignments and providing training sessions. For such projects, experts travel to different countries. Among others, this is done to assess cooperatives - a task that not only brings satisfaction, but also broadens your horizons. Jan van Beekhuizen and Jan Kamphof, VAB members who recently experienced it for themselves, highly recommend it.Read more
Blog by Frederick Abalo, Cooperative Advisor Ghana
From April 17th to 21st, team Ghana had an advisory service together with Agripool Expert Tim Servatius to assist 3 clients (Offinso Fine Flavour Cocoa Cooperative and Marketing Limited, Asetenapa Cocoa Cooperative and Wassa East Cocoa Cooperative Farmers and Marketing Union Limited) in developing commercial business plans for the establishment of farmer service centres.Read more
Blog by Jacco Sanderse, intern Agriterra
Jacco is an intern for Agriterra in Rwanda. In his first blog, you could read about his assignment, the Youth-Engagement-Programme and his visit to some rice farmers. Below you can read about his latest experiences.Read more
As a part of the implementation of Farmer-Focused Transformation, Agriterra Ghana supports the Wassa East Cooperative Cocoa Farmers and Marketing Union limited (WECU) towards the ambition of becoming a farmer-led cocoa beans aggregator by 2025. On the path towards achieving its Big Hairy Ambitious Goal, WECU strengthened its governance model with the establishment of a Youth Council as a new body internal to the cooperative. This youth council is made up of 80 members and includes 57 men and 23 women.Read more
At Agriterra, a vibrant community of hands-on experts forms the Agripool network. That’s not only the case for our peer-to-peer exchange from the Netherlands; we also facilitate knowledge transfer in the regions in which we are active. One of those local professionals is Moses Kyakora of Bukonzo Organic Farmers Cooperative Union in Uganda. For Agriterra, the marketing manager and researcher joined a cooperative union in Southwest Ethiopia to perform a 9-day partnership assessment. He would recommend it to anyone.Read more
From 26 to 31 March 2023, Agriterra organised an exchange visit in the Netherlands to share experiences and lessons learned from successful Dutch cooperatives for 10 participants from 7 organisations who are acting as Agricultural Cooperative Development Champions under the USAID GROW Coop project in the Philippines.Read more
TUCOCPRCOS is a sugar cane primary cooperative located in Madizini village, in the Mvomera district, in Tanzania. The first idea to set up their youth council was planted during Agriterra's ‘Jobs Jobs Jobs project’ carried out in 2020, in which Agriterra subsidised the recruitment and employment of young talent to work for the cooperative.
Through the involvement of a young manager and accountant hired under Jobs Jobs Jobs, TUCOCPRCOS realised the importance of involving youth into cooperative activities, which stimulated the organisation to start several youth supporting initiatives.
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