Optimising cooperatives to enhance development

3 September, 2014 by (comments)

Numerous studies by Wageningen UniversityIFPRI and CIAT suggest that agribusiness development initiatives involving African farmer organizations tend to produce conflicting impacts. Some initiatives either do not provide adequate income sources in alleviating poverty or do not ensure the preservation of natural resources. To find solutions to these problems CIAT researcher Gian Nicola Francesconi took part in a Cooperatives workshop from 1- 3 September in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with an objective of stimulating change in cooperatives governance structures to provide opportunities for agribusiness innovations.

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One solution proposed was to bridge development and agribusiness knowledge by connecting internationally renowned experts with leaders of East and South African rural cooperatives together with interested donors and investors. These connections will then provide farmers with training and expert advice to develop efficient and effective cooperative structures that promote innovative developmental initiatives.

The event was organized by Gian Nicola Francesconi, Markets Access Specialist for the Decision and Policy Analysis Area (DAPA).

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