ICCO Joins New Platform to Professionalize Farmer Business

ICCO has joined AMEA, the Agribusiness Market Ecosystem Alliance, an initiative of SCOPEinsight. Other partners are NGOs and business associations from the USA, Netherlands and Belgium. The parties have submitted AMEA as a Commitment to Action at the Clinton Global Initiative, taking the leadership to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

ICCO Joins New Platform to Professionalize Farmer Business

“We share the belief that farming is a business and show this today by introducing a standard worldwide approach to improve farming as a business”, says spokesperson Lucas Simons of SCOPEinsight. The approach aims to have a direct impact in the lives of 150,000 smallholder farmers worldwide.

AMEA’s approach will address fragmentation in current capacity building programs by offering a SCOPEinsight-based global and standardized metric for assessing farmer performance and a training system to assure farmer development according to their needs. Farmer data, combined with standardized capacity building approaches and a strong link to the market for both off-taking and financing are offered by this unique and inclusive approach. Professional farmers have more income, can produce more sustainably, create more employment and are a much more attractive business case for financial institutions, services providers and markets. The value which AMEA brings is aimed exactly at such improved successes for more professional farmers.

“My dream is that five years from now, AMEA will be the leading standard on farmer professionalism for all involved in the value chain; from companies to donors to farmers. And I am convinced that it’s a very realistic dream.” – Jaap Jan Verboom (Manager Business Incubation, ICCO Cooperation)

This month, SCOPEinsight, IFC and ICCO will host webinars on the standardized measurement tools. You can join! Go to this website. The participants of AMEA are: 

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As of 1st January 2021 ICCO has joined forces with Cordaid and continues as one organization under the name Cordaid.

ICCO’s international website will remain online for the time being and can be visited here or go to Cordaid: