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Small producer empowerment and inclusive market

Contribute to an enabling service and governance environment, resulting in the increased inclusion of marginalized group and their organizations in value chains to improved incomes and livelihoods. Key problem is small producers are unable to acquire access to the opportunities, skills and resources. Intervention like lobby-advocacy, capacity building, research and knowledge is being taken. The stakeholders are self help groups, service providers association, private sector, extension agent.

  • Location
  • Start project
    2017
  • Projectstatus
    Active
  • ID: NL-KVK-56484038-110014-8
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Background

The goal of Pathway 3 is to contribute to an enabling service and governance environment at local, regional and international levels, resulting in the increased inclusion of marginalized group (small-scale producers including women, youth and workers) and their organizations in value chains, which contributes to improved incomes and livelihoods of these groups and sustainable value chain development. The key problem is small producers are unable to acquire access to the opportunities, skills and resources to upgrade and do not have the capabilities to engage with and influence the market system to reap the benefits that arise from upgrading processes. To address the problem, intervention like lobby-advocacy, capacity building, research and knowledge will be taken. Finally it is expected that empowered producers have higher economic status through increased income as result of improved access to services, finance and market. The stakeholders are partner NGO, service providers association, private service providers, extension agent, producers group, federal producer group, private company, department of cooperative etc. The geographical focus of pathway 3 is in North of Bangladesh.

Some important lobby issues under the pathway 3:
Lobby issue 1: Does government provide any specific support to smallholder farmers to strengthen their bargaining position in dealing with agribusiness and other corporate, for example through public extension services that include modules on contracts and rights, or facilitating the development of and access to private sector providers of similar services?
Lobby issue 2: Does the legal framework recognize and protect organized farmer groups that are not legal cooperatives? Does the policy framework promote farmer groups other than formal cooperatives?
Lobby Issue 3: Is there a legal requirement to consult with smallholder farmers on policies that will affect them? Are special measures in place to ensure women are adequately represented in consultations?
Small producer empowerment and inclusive market

Target group

The stakeholders are partner NGO, self help group service providers association, private service providers, extension agent, producers group, federal producer group, private company, department of cooperative etc.

Sustainability

To create a space for different CSO platforms several preconditions are needed to be addressed. Responding to the problematic of having limited space of CSOs in creating enabling environment to promote the rights of the marginalized two key outputs have been determined.
Firstly, through the interventions, primary landless groups will be well organized in raising voice of the marginalized farmers. Strong connection between CSOs and people from the marginalized landless communities will be established through the intervention. Partners will commission several researches on the issues related to the land rights. That will help in establishing strong connection between them as well as give more evidence to do lobby and advocacy.
Secondly, it is expected that CSOs will be stronger and capable in engaging with decision makers. These community based grassroots CBOs will be capacitated to raise the voice of the marginalized in various issues. They will also be capable to negotiate with local government and national policy makers. In the current scenario there is a gap between the community based CSOs and national level policy makers. After 5 years, selected CSOs will have strong platform to deal with policy makers directly. To get the result some preconditions are required to be fulfilled. First of all members of different CSO platforms are needed to be well-connected. Sharing will take place among them. Sometimes members of CSOs can’t realize the needs of marginalized people. In this pathway CSO leaders will learn more to enhance their skills in realizing the needs of marginalized landless people. Increased capacity of CSO leaders in realizing the needs of marginalized and increased capacity of marginalized people in raising their voice together will ensure active CSOs in establishing the rights of marginalized. Finally emphasizing the joint efforts of CSO members will be considered by the decision makers as a strong platform of raising the voice for the marginalized.

Goals overview

The goal of Pathway 3 is to contribute to an enabling service and governance environment at local, regional and international levels, resulting in the increased inclusion of marginalized group (small-scale producers including women, youth and workers) and their organizations in value chains, which contributes to improved incomes and livelihoods of these groups and sustainable value chain development.