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About farmer-to-farmer

Farmers ‘speak the same language’. Advisors who are themselves part of the farmers’ world provide advice based on an appreciation of the realities of that world, and of the absorption capacity of farmers’ organisations and their members. Our experience is that farmer-to-farmer exchanges can generate inspiring new ideas, and can change the attitudes of individual farmers.

Farmers’ organisations can call upon advisory services at any time. Experts come from farmers’ organisations, including agri-agency staff. Often, these exchanges are part of longstanding partnerships between the farmers’ organisations involved. Farmers Fighting Poverty promotes linkages between OECD farmers’ organizations and their colleagues in developing countries, as well as cooperation between organisations from developing countries.

AgriCord also relies on "external" consultants (from outside farmers’ organisations), and builds alliances with organisations that complement its expertise. Advice can be sought on any of the work areas and cross-cutting areas. Advisory services are provided either directly in missions, in the form of desk work, or by continued presence in the field.

Farmer-to-farmer contacts are particularly effective in organisational and institutional development processes: the "organisational" challenges are often similar, and the discussion on specific conditions (political, social, economic...) generates ideas and appropriate solutions. Solving problems with the help of peers is a motivating and stimulating process.