By Hailat Berhane, business advisor Ethiopia
Across the world, farmers are working together to improve their economic, social and market position. Many of them have formed cooperatives to provide agricultural services for members. The basic functions of these cooperatives include input supply, storage, processing, bulking, and selling members’ produce. Other functions may involve providing credit, training and education.
By Issouf Ouedraogo, business advisor Burkina Faso
Facilitating a training is always a great challenge and at the same time a real passion for me. The recent training in Benin will definitively remain in my memory. Not only because of the atmosphere, the very peaceful city of Grand Popo, but also because of the results achieved. I am thinking especially about my youngest participant who was very happy to receive his certificate of participation (a baby of 6 months). I will also remember the training because it was our first training in Benin since we left this country in 2015.Read more
With the aim of taking their cooperation to the next level, agricultural cooperative specialist Agriterra and Sorosoro Ibaba Development Cooperative (SIDC), the biggest primary agricultural cooperative in the Philippines, signed a cooperation agreement for 2022 under the Dutch government-supported Farmer Focused Transformation programme and renewed its partnership for the deployment of experts called Agripoolers from the cooperative to other clients of Agriterra.Read more
Agriterra has always highlighted the importance of youth participation in cooperatives and farmer organisations. We strive that at least 50% of our cooperative clients will have active youth councils or similar bodies in place and that at least 10% of board members of cooperatives will be 35% or younger.Read more
A crop residue treatment training for farmers in Ethiopia has yielded fantastic results. Feeding cows a treated crop residue with effective microorganisms (EM) and molasses, a viscous substance resulting from refining sugarcane or sugar beets into sugar, increased the milk production on average by 1,8 lit per cow per day.Read more
The Seed Potato Fund (SPF) has a vision to become the leader in the seed potato value chain in Rwanda. A key issue for its almost 3.500 members is seed quality. Although Irish potato is a staple crop in Rwanda, it faces challenges related to unreliable linkages between value chain actors and seed leakages, mostly at the level of the early seed multiplication process.
That´s why, in July 2019, SPF travelled to the Netherlands to learn firsthand advanced techniques and technologies for seed potato production, handling and storing from Dutch cooperatives and farmers (Agrico, Delhpy, HZPC, LTO, Nedato, Tolsma). While in November SPF received the advice of the Dutch Agripooler Matthijs Gebbink (LTO) to improve the provision of extension services to farmer members.
Marije Klever is 35 years old and portfolio holder for dairy farming at the NAJK (Dutch Association for Young Farmers). Five years ago, she took over her parents’ dairy farm in De Meern. Evert Jan Wijers (66 years old) is a dairy farmer in Voorst. He runs his business together with his wife and two sons, who he will hand it over to in the near future. In March, Klever and Wijers visited Uganda on behalf of Agriterra to share information on how farm succession work in the Netherlands.Read more
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