DATES: May 15-19, 2017
LOCATION: Accra, Ghana
When there is a steep rise in the price of agricultural commodities, it is expected that the increase in food commodity prices offers farmers in developing countries an incentive to increase their yields and incomes. But profitable smallholder farming requires timely access to affordable and quality inputs and the possibility to sell the products at harvest for remunerative prices. A certain level of organization among smallholder farmers can be quite beneficial to helping them access markets; improved knowledge of how to access markets and how to engage in transactions in competitive markets is also required. Improved access to timely information on prices is needed so that farmers can respond to market incentives and thereby help improve food security at the family and national levels. Enabling, favorable policies that allow for the development of farmer-to-market linkages are required.
The example above is an underlying problem statement of many project proposals with the objective to link farmers to markets through the increasingly popular commodity value chain approach, in which the consumer market drives the value chain. Based on IFDC’s experiences in Africa during the last 35 years, market demand is a major driver but will only lead to increased productivity, food security and welfare if combined with other market components that drive the value chain. Through many projects in Africa and other parts of the world, IFDC and partner organizations have developed a successful approach to organize and empower farmers and to effectively link them to both input and output markets.
The five-day training is a combination of theory (classroom lectures), interactive interventions from resource persons to illustrate the farmer-to-market linkages in practice and presentations by participants or participating projects. Each day, participants will have the opportunity to put the theory into practice with a case study that includes all elements of the theory. The case study will form the basis for a presentation of a farmer-to-market project proposal developed by groups of participants. A field trip to expose participants to the workings of the farmer linkages to markets at the grassroots level and a panel discussion between experts and participants will be part of the methodology of the program. The training program is aimed at professionals from both the private and public sector with a specific interest in farmer-to-market linkages.
VENUE & FEES
The program fee for this training course is US $1,650 per participant (inclusive of a US $250 non-refundable deposit) and should reach IFDC no later than April 17, 2017, three (3) weeks before the program is scheduled. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The training program will take place in Accra, Ghana, at the Erata Hotel. Participants will be extended IFDC’s negotiated special rate of US $80.00 per person/per night for bed and breakfast (inclusive of taxes). This rate is valid for reservations made NO LATER THAN April 15, 2017.
For more information and to register, visit the IFDC website.