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Upon demand, we advise partners – development programs, national or regional organisations and companies – in more than 25 African countries and via our expert network in 4 Asian countries on more than 40 value chains.

Farmer Business School (FBS)

Surveys and evaluations show that Farmer Business School (FBS) graduates

  • adopt GAP,
  • diversify their production,
  • increase their income and living conditions,
  • enter producer organisations,
  • discover their entrepreneurial spirit and improve their farm management,
  • profit from improved financial inclusion,
  • benefit from bulk sales and purchases and improved competitiveness in the market,
  • and especially female graduates are empowered and could improve their positions in societies.
41%

FBS graduates qualified for agricultural loans

71%

FBS graduates paying school fees

74%

FBS graduates keeping records, doing financial statements, planning

85%

FBS graduates using additional income to improve nutrition of their families *

* The impacts are based on the outreach of the SSAB programme which amounts to 480,000 trained smallholders. Source: Impact Study of SSAB-CFLP Programme 2018.

 

>1,600,000 Smallholders trained in FBS

33%

Women share in FBS graduates

FBSInnova, the digital Farmer Business School, is already available in 8 countries for 22 production systems and in 5 languages.

Ndzana Toua, Bibiane, Cameroon

Bibiane Ndzana Toua

Cameroon

"I increased my profit from 1,200 EUR from 4 hectares in 2013, to 7,900 EUR from 8.8 hectares in 2017. I pay my children's school fees easily now. In 2021 I started to expand my farm to livestock – pigs and poultry. I also am constructing a bigger house."

Cooperative Business School (CBS)

Cooperative Business School (CBS) is effective! Impacts reported by trained cooperatives and advised programmes comprise:

  • groups sales more than doubled due to higher quality produce and better prices negotiated,
  • engagement in off-taking agreements,
  • members receive better inputs at lower prices from bulk purchases,
  • members have easier access to loans from banks,
  • more and more formalized producer organisations & members benefit from improved cooperative management and diversification of activities.

 

>8,200 Managers trained in CBS

>780 Cooperatives trained in CBS

~ 25%

Women shares in CBS graduates

Mr. Zinga

Mr. Zinga

Cooperative member of COOPROBI, Cameroon

“I am Mr. Zinga, member of the cooperative called COOPROBI of Biakoa and I am an accountant by training. We were privileged to participate in the Cooperative Business School (CBS) training in Mbalmayo in April 2021. Before the training, we used to carry out activities in our cooperative without any planification or action plan, but after CBS training, we acquired skills and knowledge that helped us to be able to mount business plans for each activity of our cooperative. The first is the business plan for the production of 50,000 plants of cocoa plants. The gain is in two aspects: First, the satisfaction of the farmer who receives good quality cocoa plants at a lower price, second in this plant production business service, the group profit of the cooperative obtained increased a lot. Not only have we created jobs for youths and women but all the benefits are oriented towards members of the cooperative. Be it in the transformation service, fermentation and drying units of cocoa or the phytosanitary brigade service, both the farmer and the cooperative gains and when the cooperative gains, it means the farmer gains double.”

Processor Business School (PBS)

By adopting simple tools of economics and planning, Processor Business School (PBS) graduates

  • improve the competitiveness of their products,
  • work more efficiently,
  • increase product quality and packaging,
  • engage in new off-taking agreements,
  • profit from networking with other processors,
  • can access loans from banks,
  • increase their net income and investments.

 

>64,000 Small scale processors trained in PBS

> 90%

Women share in PBS graduates

KEBA Pauline

KEBA Pauline

Cameroon

"Pauline KEBA participated in PBS training. In 2019 she produced 10 kg of shea, in 2020 80 kg and diversified her production to neem, where she produced 15 litres. In 2021 she even produced 111 kg of shea and 50 litres of neem. She could not only improve her yield but also the prices as she provides high quality products. In addition, she can send her children to school and university, can effectively save money, and even purchased her own field!"