STRENGTH OF COLLECTIVE ACTION
Farm to Market Alliance is a consortium of eight leading agri-focused organisations combining specific expertise and skills to enable smallholder farmers to access global markets. FtMA leverages members’ unique knowledge and expertise in each of its verticals.
The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is an alliance of governments, donors, private sector, research institutions, and on the ground implementing partners led by Africans with roots in farming communities across the continent. AGRA is committed to mobilize farmers to participate in FtMA and to help build the capacity of participating farmer organisations. In addition, AGRA partners with extension providers to ensure that farmers receive access to a comprehensive set of trainings and technologies.
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. Bayer’s Crop Science division is one of the leading innovative agricultural input companies in the world and has businesses in high-value seeds, chemical and biological crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. Bayer is highly committed to FtMA and provides its knowledge and expertise, with a focus on innovative crop solutions to increase productivity. Bayer complements its contribution with agronomic advice on good agricultural practices and training support on plant protection and stewardship measure.
GrowAfrica works to increase private sector investment in agriculture, and accelerate the execution and impact of investment commitments. The aim is to enable countries to realise the potential of the agriculture sector for economic growth and job creation, particularly among farmers, women and youth. Grow Africa brokers collaboration between governments, international and domestic agriculture companies, and smallholder farmers in order to improve the enabling environment for FtMA farmer groups and companies.
International Finance Corporation, a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the toughest areas of the world. In FY17, we delivered a record $19.3 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to help end poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org. IFC partners with local private sector banks to finance farmer cooperatives. IFC supports farmer cooperatives by providing liquidity to local banks and/or guaranteeing underlying loans to farmer cooperatives. Alongside these investments, IFC provides an integrated assessment and capacity building program to farmer cooperatives using its “Agribusiness Leadership Program”. The program measurably improves the business management capacity of farmer cooperatives enabling cooperatives to function as independent businesses and provide better services to their members. IFC further provides support to monitoring and evaluation activities of FtMA.
Rabobank Group is a cooperative bank with strong roots in agriculture and a leading bank in the Food and Agriculture sector. Rabobank is committed to promote development of agricultural sector in emerging markets, especially through finance, capacity building knowledge sharing and cooperative development. Rabobank took the responsibility of engaging with national level equity held banks, arranging pre-harvest and post-harvest financial solutions. In addition, Rabobank ensures partial risk coverage through the Rabobank Foundation and provides capacity building to farmer organisations and local banks through Rabo International Advisory Services (RIAS).
Syngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Through world class science and innovative crop solutions, our 28,000 people in over 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown. We are committed to rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities. Syngenta brings to FtMA farmers a variety of input solutions across seeds, seed care and crop protection including herbicides, fungicides and insecticides and post-harvest management. Syngenta also provides awareness trainings and capacity building of trainers, including learning modules on safe use of chemicals, and provides agronomists at ground level to ensure productivity gains are realized.
United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. WFP’s deep field presence, vast experience in smallholder farmer engagement and public-private partnerships are used to roll out programmes that connect smallholder farmers to formal markets. WFP serves as the global and country-level lead on design, coordination and monitoring of FtMA operations by leveraging WFP’s supply chain expertise. WFP further acts as a catalytic buyer using WFP’s own purchasing power to incentivize other private buyers to participate and as an independent advocate building partnerships across farmers, the private and the public sector.
Yara International ASA is the leading provider of sustainable crop nutrition solutions, supporting farmer profitability through knowledge, quality and productivity. Yara has an extensive experience working with smallholder farmers across the globe and recognizes partnerships as an important part of the solution to unlock the agricultural value chains and help increase food production, particularly in Africa. Yara provides FtMA with sustainable crop nutrition solutions adapted to farmer needs and environmental challenges, supported by knowledge of crop nutrition, water and soil, driving optimal yield, quality and productivity for farmers. Yara commits its agronomists to farmer trainings, and leverages its numerous partnerships with NGOs, governments and the private sector.