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IFDC Training: Linking Farmers to Markets in Africa


IFDC announces an international Training Program on Linking Farmers to Markets in Africa
Accra, Ghana  on May  15-19, 2017

To learn how to obtain inputs and how to sell your products.

The program is composed of three themes:

1. Input markets: Importing agro-inputs is often limited to only a few players in a national market, while distributing inputs is open to everyone, including those without any technical knowledge. How can farmers identify a reliable
distributor and enter into a mutually beneficial relationship?
How can they negotiate good prices? How can they ensure timely delivery? How do they know which products to use and how to use them?

2. Output markets: Markets exist at several levels, from village to national and international markets. Often, a producer only has access to local markets, while other markets might offer better prices. But how can producers find these markets, access them and sell their products for prices that are negotiated based on supply and demand, while making optimal use of partnerships with other actors in a commodity value chain?

3. Cross-cutting issues: To make agribusiness clusters work and ensure effective linkage, there are several other conditions that need to be fulfilled. The training program will focus on six of these cross-cutting issues: (a) association development and management; (b) market information systems (MIS); (c) access to financial services; (d) ICT platform solutions; (e) agricultural policies; and (f) gender integration.

•       Producer organizations and trade associations.
•       Government officials dealing with formulating and implementing agricultural and trade policies.
•       Service providers such as financial institutions, insurance companies, transporters, mobile phone services, ICT platform solutions, market information services, business development services, etc.
•       Agribusinesses dealing with farmers: processors, exporters and importers, agro-dealers, etc.
•       Representatives of national and international organizations involved in funding agricultural development and enterprise projects.

•       Discuss the theory behind the different principles and components of farmer-to-market linkages and draw on lessons and best practices of IFDC and partner organizations in Africa;
•       Show how to make theory successful in practice through well-selected case studies;
•       Improve capacities to analyze farmer-to-market linkages within the context of specific agricultural environments and their input and output markets;
•       Develop project(s) proposals which incorporate principles that allow for effective farmer-to-market linkages; and
•       Create a network to facilitate future exchanges, joint proposal development, mainstreaming of farmer linkages approaches and long-lasting, professional relationships.
Early Bird Registration and Payment till March 27

Regular Registration and Payment by April  17

Late After April  17

For information, please click here  https://www.ifdcorg.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/brochure-2017-lftm-in-africa-as-of-feb-62017.pdf and read the detailed program description.

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