Strengthening farmers’ organisations

Project description

Title: Global Programme on Strengthening Farmers’ Organisations for Sustainable Agricultural Development
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, India
Lead executing agency: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Overall term: 2015 to 2026

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Many farms have great potential to shape their production capabilities. However, individual family-run farms are not able to represent their interests to a sufficient extent vis-à-vis governmental institutions and the private sector. Their opportunities and capacities in this respect must be improved so that they can successfully present and address their concerns. Farmers’ organisations play an important role here and promote the development of future-proof rural areas.


Farmers’ organisations are strengthened, allowing them to promote rural development in the long term taking small farmers into account.



The project promotes effective structures in farmers’ organisations to improve the services and qualifications offered and strengthen the representation of interests vis-à-vis the private sector and politics. Entrepreneurially minded farmers are thus able to optimise their production and marketing and increase their incomes.

To this end, the project supports organisational development, the creation of a trainer pool in African farmers’ organisations and the development of an exchange platform. The project activities encourage farmers to act in a more responsible and entrepreneurial manner and to share their knowledge and experience with one another.

In addition, the project promotes farmers’ organisations as drivers of change in the international community. It strives to achieve positive changes, for example, by supporting young people in rural areas and empowering women to become entrepreneurs or take on management positions.

In all measures, the project takes account of the issues of gender equality, climate change, One Health and digitalisation.

On top of this, working with umbrella organisations ensures that the project has a wide reach, and this is also supplemented by regional and local partner organisations. The project works in close cooperation with other German development cooperation projects, such as the Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector.

Last update: November 2021

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