Scaling agribusiness training

We offer advisory on the introduction, adaptation, and sustainable implementation of the following tried-and-tested agribusiness approaches for generating significant economies of scale. Contact us, visit the download section to learn more about the approaches and let us discover their potential in your context!

Farmer Business School (FBS): ”Not only an entrepreneurship training but a life lesson”

FBS conveys principles of agriculture as a business, strengthens smallholders’ management skills for better and diversified incomes and nutrition and enhances their business attitude. FBS trained agripreneurs profit from significant yield increases from diversified products, job creation and improved food security. Do you want to join the successful network of FBS implementers?

By hovering over the green countries, you can see which FBS curricula are available in the respective countries. You will also see whether FBSInnova, the digital FBS for smartphones, is available there.

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Cooperative Business School (CBS): More market power for agripreneurs and structural transformation of rural economies and value chains

CBS, a one-week training for management teams of agricultural producer organizations with a focus on youth, enables producer organisations to professionally provide agripreneurs with business services. Such business services foster horizontal business linkages, add value in terms of more profits of members and create jobs. CBS builds on the FBS training – contact us if you are interested in this successful approach!

By hovering over the red countries on the map, you can see which CBS curricula are available in the respective countries.

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Processor Business School (PBS): Empowering agribusiness women for successful processing

Processing of raw materials from agriculture, biomass waste and non-timber forest products provides higher-value products and can create millions of livelihoods in Africa – especially for female micro and small entrepreneurs and women groups in cottage industry. To tap their huge potential, PBS focuses on simple technology improvements and business skills. You can implement PBS with exclusive focus on MSME in processing or complement support of medium and large enterprises to avoid that women are “kicked out” of business.

By hovering over the orange countries on the map, you can see which PBS curricula are available in the respective countries.

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Aquaculture Business School (ABS)

Inspired by the success of Farmer Business School, we have developed Aquaculture Business School (ABS) focusing on pond-based aquaculture production and its key business aspects, including risk management and investments. ABS is already available for Malawi and Zambia.

Good Agricultural Practice (GAP)

Using GAP is key to successfully growing crops! Already in our predecessor programme Sustainable Smallholder Agri-Business (SSAB) programme, we have developed technical-economic producer reference with our partners. These are small booklets for producers, which illustrate key messages on GAP as well as harvest and post-harvest techniques developed by agricultural research institutes. In the download section you can find further information that will inspire you for your own work on GAP materials.

Contract farming (CF)

Potential or effective contract partners have the skills and tools to establish new or to optimise an ongoing contract farming scheme. This allows them to tap into market opportunities, increase supply chain efficiency and improve product competitiveness through the development of inclusive CF business models.

On all approaches you can find more information e.g. factsheets, guidelines, preview of notebooks in our download section.

 

Gilbert Fomukom

Gilbert Fomukom

Senior Technical Advisor (GIZ), ProCISA, Cameroon

“ProCISA in Cameroun has introduced Cooperative Business School (CBS) for the cocoa and potato value chain in 2021. ABF team provided support for adaptation and introduction of CBS. A bilingual training of trainers (ToT) on the cocoa curriculum took place in April 2021 and roll-out to cooperatives continues. Time management and interactive didactical elements were key lessons learnt by the CBS trainers. Cooperatives have developed business services and started to implement them, with demand-based support by the CBS trainers. From the strategical perspective it is key to have a business model for the implementation of CBS from the beginning. This means discussing and deciding on cost-sharing models with the participating cooperatives for large-scale roll-out is needed, alongside with an efficient good monitoring system. For ProCISA further expansion for the cocoa and potato value chains continues involving more than 80 cooperatives.”

Khaled Amrani

Khaled Amrani

GIZ technical advisor

“I would like to bring my testimony around the experience of digitization of events. The training was previously planned in person and in view of the health situation, it was necessary to adapt to the situation […]. ABF has helped us a lot to move towards this digitalization and to do the training at a distance. In the sense that first of all, we had to adapt the working tools. We had to do tests, we had to organize ourselves to do everything virtually, virtual courses, rooms, plenary sessions. The participants and finally everyone had to connect from home. And it was a success. We were able to hold the first distance learning course in November 2020. So it was a good experience […]. The only problem we had was the internet connection. But we tried to counteract the situation by trying to anticipate with other connections on other SIM cards. […] I think that we only have a small break of 3-5 min during 8 consecutive days […]. That's really the only problem, otherwise, it's an excellent experience, and it proves that finally digitization can help us to overcome possible unforeseen difficulties in the field. Of course, nothing beats training, face-to-face activities […]."