Farmer Networks Explained

Farmer networks are groups of farmers that form larger organizations to provide members with services that enhance their productivity and provide access to financing and marketing. The networks take various legal forms depending on their size and autonomy as a business entity: cooperatives, associations, or Economic Interest Groups (a small-scale business registration status common in Senegal). Many of these organizations are the legacy of prior development projects. With FEPROMAS, Feed the Future promoted these organizations to their membership base as full partners in the delivery of value-added services rather than channeling services through lead firms or other third-party aggregation systems. Today, the greater part of the 123 such networks are recognized as strong partners in pursuing service delivery to their membership, and they interact with private partners, banks and local/national bodies.

From: Senegal Farmer Networks Respond to COVID-19

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Senegal Farmer Networks Respond to COVID-19 [Internet].
Latané A, Voisard JM, Brower AO.
Research Triangle Park (NC): RTI Press; 2021 Jun.
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