Organic Africa has launched vibrant farmer organisations within the participating rural communities. The farmer organizations articulate the key socio-economic and organizational capacity challenges that impair their productivity and sustainable livelihoods. The capacity of the farmer groups is being built up through training in management, technical and marketing skills.
The Trust’s aim is to help develop the farmers’ associations and thereby develop the surrounding farming communities. The associations are engaged in the following activities:
- Improving crop quality and quantity
- Tackling challenges of input supplies and marketing of farmers’ produce
- Opening up new markets (e.g., through Fair Trade certification)
- Improving associations’ performance (e.g., through training in leadership, conflict management, training in farming as a business)
- Acting as a conduit for micro-credit
- Strengthening community action, thus improving the well-being and sustainability of communities