Agriterra focuses on organised farmers - this approach allows us to make a large impact in up-and-coming economies. More than 20% of farmers in developing countries have already joined organisations to improve their economic position. Our activities to support farmers’ organisations enhance and accelerate development by addressing three critical issues: agricultural productivity, off-farm rural employment and the empowerment of farmers. Our advice is pitched at two levels:
Improvements in an association’s production and lobbying activities run parallel to progress in organisational strengthening. In the long term, impacts can be seen in active economic development, fairer wealth distribution and the growth of democratic processes. For Agriterra, working in predominantly agrarian countries and regions, structural socio-economic transformation is a fact.
By professionalising and strengthening cooperatives in Latin America, Africa and Asia, Agriterra contributes to positive socio-economic development and better income distribution. We believe that farmers organised in strong, competitive and trustworthy cooperatives are indispensable for a vibrant rural economy. They actively generate agricultural development and help create spin-off employment in rural areas.