Capitalising successful experiences of farmers’ organisations in the provision of economic services in Western Africa

The Component 3 – Provision of Economic Services – of the SFOAP Main Phase (2013-2017) is a new element of the programme compared to the pilot phase (2009-2012). Its objective is to support the development of economic activities or services of farmers’ organizations (FOs) and thus strengthen their involvement in value chains. The direct targets of Component 3 are mainly local FOs / member of national FOs, directly involved in economic activities and services to their members. Since the SFOAP is not an investment programme, and the particularity of its approach is to intervene through regional FOs, the component mainly focuses on supporting a limited number of cases / initiatives to analyze them, assess their impact and systematize the experience through the production and dissemination of knowledge.

In line with this approach and with the technical and financial support of several partners (e.g. SFOAP partners, GRET, Inter-Réseaux, the Comité Français pour la Solidarité Internationale (CFSI), Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), SFOAP, Agriculteurs français et développement international (Afdi), the Fondation de France, the Hub rural), the Réseau des organisations paysannes et de producteurs de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (ROPPA) is helping their members to identify successful experiences and good practices in terms of provision of economic services by FOs and systematize them for lessons learning, knowledge sharing, replication and scaling up.

This is done through the launch of competitive calls. The proposals by FOs are reviewed based on agreed criteria and the selected candidate FOs are financially and technically supported to further investigate and analyse their experience and systematise it by developing a knowledge product. 

This process has six major objectives: (i) put into practice a systematic capitalization process of practices, experiences and innovations by FOs in the agricultural and rural development sector; (Ii) value the experiences and knowledge of FOs in various fields and disseminate results achieved; (Iii) contribute to scaling up successful experiences and initiatives; (iv) collect information to define and/or strengthen the strategies and actions of ROPPA and their members in various fields, including the development of economic services, governance, education and farmer-to farmer training; (v) build the capacity of ROPPA by valuing the expertise of members; (vi) create a hub for capitalization on FOs in Western Africa for an efficient allocation of resources.

A first call was launched in 2014 and a regional workshop further organized in Accra (Ghana) in December 2015 for the sharing and exploitation of capitalization products. Based on the very positive results of this experience, ROPPA has decided to launch a second call in 2016 (see more here).

As an output from the first call, several knowledge products were elaborated. Each document describes the initiative by an FO by describing the context, actions and innovations to address identified issues, results achieved, factors for success and lessons learnt. Some of these knowledge products are described below.



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Document type: Case and country studies
Thematic Areas: Access to Services, Capacity Building, Gender, Knowledge Management, Markets and Value chains
Region: West Africa
Year of Publication: 2016
Language: French