Agribusiness Off-taker vs Smallholder Farmer Relationships

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In Africa, about 90% of agricultural production is carried out by smallholder farmers who are subsistence farmers and face multiple constraints to commercialization (GrowAfrica 2020). The growing levels of food insecurity create opportunities, and a real sense of urgency for the private sector to work directly with the smallholder supply base to secure agricultural inputs, especially to serve growing domestic and regional African markets. Increasing the productivity of smallholders through technical assistance, inputs, training, marketing, and finance is an integral piece of the overall profitability of the off-taker. Effective service delivery models will support services that are channeled through a supply chain to improve performance and value creation. The importance of this training for agricultural productivity and farmer productivity can hence not be overemphasized.

In this training you will learn about:

  • Drivers of successful agribusiness off-taker – smallholder farmer relationships in Nigeria
  • Fostering an enabling environment for attaining food security
  • Developing efficient farmer cooperative models

You will also learn from case studies and experience sharing sessions about existing engagements between smallholder farmers and off-takers in Nigeria.

This training will help you:

  1. Understand the significance of smallholder farmers and agribusiness offtakes in the Nigerian agricultural sector and their prospects in achieving sustainable food systems.
  2. Understand the importance of women farmers in enhancing farmer loyalty levels
  3. Examine possible solutions to food waste that occur in rural smallholder farms due to market linkage restrictions.
  4. Assess the significance of agribusiness offtakes in improving the food supply chain and enhancing small scale farmers income especially those in rural areas
  5. Examine past and existing policies that affect relations between these two actors on the food supply chain using selected countries as case studies e.g. USA, UK, Ghana.
  6. Assess the other exogenous factors that could influence effective relationships between agribusiness off-takers and smallholder farmers in Nigeria

Upon completion of this training curriculum and the assessments, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.