4 Steps Towards Strong Farmer Organizations
Our organizational development approach builds efficient farmer organizations supporting coffee smallholder families to prosper. Farmer organizations should support farmers in strong marketing of their coffee but also are an important supporter for farm activities. That could include farmer-to-farmer extension, joint marketing of their produces, access to financial services or advocacy for farmers interests.
HRNS accompanies farmers during four steps of developing their own organizations. We guide them through developing basic structures, capabilities, registering organizations and becoming well managed.
1. Inception Phase
We support farmers to establish basic organizational structures and start to qualify the different actors for their tasks.
2. Learning Phase
We develop the capability of the members according to their roles and responsibilities within the farmer organization in order to formalize their organizations and start offering services to their members.
3. Consolidation Phase
we enhance the business skills, networking and management capacity for improved service delivery as demanded by members.
4. Strong and Professional Phase
We provide tailor made support to address remaining and specific requirements to maximize the performance as demanded by the organizations themselves
Professional farmer organizations take over the support provided by projects and are part of HRNS exit strategy. However, setting up these structure takes years as often a change in mind is required.
Our experience with building farmer organizations is reaching back to 2005.
“Together with several other coffee farmers we established a farmer group – Cooperativa Cafetalera Santa Fe Limitada (COCASFEL). We also belong to the second-tier organization
Edgar Amilcar Levaron, Ocotepeque, Honduras
Some Facts About Organizational Development
Total number of organizations we are currently working with.
Village Based Farmer Organizations
Percentage of village based farmer organizations we work with.
Bags of Coffee Sold via Farmer Organizations
In Honduras and Guatemala as part of Tim Hortons and ICP projects.