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About Agri-agencies

Agri-agencies are non-governmental organisations for development cooperation with structural links to – and in most cases created by – the farmers' and rural members' organisations in their home countries, including the organisations of rural women, young agrarians, cooperatives and agri-businesses.

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In October 2011, AgriCord welcomed two new agri-agencies:

  • AsiaDHRRA, backed up by the Asian Farmers Association
  • Asprodeb,backed up by its 29 Senegalese farmers organisations members

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AgriCord: functional organisation 

Farmer-to-farmer support is elaborated and facilitated by agri-agencies. Also advisory and other facilitation services for farmers' organisations are organised by agri-agencies, on demand of the PO's. Some of the agri-agencies have therefore organised support teams in the field with these services that have added value within the specific context. In Sub-Saharan Africa, producer organization support teams of agri-agencies are already operational in the following countries:  

  • AFDI: Burkina Faso, Mali, Togo, Benin, Madagascar, West Africa 
  • Agriterra: No expatriate teams; short AgriPool missions
  • AsiaDHRRA
  • Asprodeb 
  • Fert: Madagascar, Tanzania, Burkina Faso 
  • Trias: Uganda, Tanzania, Guinea (Conakry), D.R.Congo, Ghana 
  • SCC: Kenya, Zambia, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi 
  • UPA-DI: Guinea (Conakry), Mali, Burkina Faso

The agri-agencies have a long standing history on mobilizing experts from the farmers' unions and cooperatives and assign them to advisory services to their peers in the developing world. OECD farm leaders supply their work voluntarily. 

Types of advisory services, adapted to the needs and specificities of POs, and provided by agri-agencies: 

  • Participatory SWOT analysis (all agri-agencies) 
  • Participatory planning (all agri-agencies, leading Agriterra) 
  • Financial management (all agri-agencies) 
  • ICT solutions (Agriterra, SCC) 
  • Participatory policy generation (AFDI, Agriterra, SCC, UPA DI) 
  • Organisational mapping and profiling (all agri-agencies) 
  • Peer-to-peer exchanges & dialogue meetings between farmers N/S and S/S (all agri-agencies) 
  • In-house training on cooperative action (SCC). 

There is an important focus on indirect capacity building, which goes further than managerial and technical training and advice but is more of the nature of facilitation, sharing ideas and experiences. AgriCord functions than as a coach and as a flexible catalyser for the organisational development of processes of PO's.