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Rural Economy Working Area Strategy 2013-2017
What have we done so far?
• People-centred approach to achieve livelihood
improvements for rural households
• Project inte...
Smallholder
Producers
Cooperatives
or Companies
Processors,
Traders
Final
consumers
Retailers,
Brands
Internal Control
Sys...
What have we learned?
1. Multifunctional production systems are needed that
cater to the requirements at household level, ...
Orientations for the future
• Facilitation focus: Inform, motivate, and link value
chain actors, without taking over core ...
Our intervention logic
Advice, training, facilitation, knowledge sharing, partnerships
Transformation
of production
system...
Our target groups
Landresources
Large
farmers
Economicresources
Small-
holders
Landless /
land-poor
Businesses
SMEs
Interv...
Our working fields
Value chains
Market
Systems
Sustainable
Agriculture
Food security
Natural resources Business developmen...
Our working approaches
The Sustainable Livelihoods
Framework
The M4P Approach
The seven elements of our strategy
1. Sustainable farming systems
2. Food security, food sovereignty
and market oriented a...
Transversal themes in Rural Economy
1. Gender and social equity: in depth analysis of different
social groups
2. Advocacy:...
Interfaces with other working areas
• Water for Food
• Adaptation
• Disaster risk
reduction
• Agro-forestry
• Access to la...
Our partners (1)
Core Implementation partners
Fair & Sustainable Advisory Services (of ICCO) Regional partner organisation...
Our partners (2)
Donors and associates
SDC – Swiss Agency for Development and
Cooperation
ICCO – Dutch Interchurch Organis...
Competence development
1. Diversification of production systems
2. Business planning and management
skills
3. The Market S...
The role of the Rural Economy team
• Support project planning and provide technical
advice during implementation.
• Provid...
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Rural Economy Strategy 2013-2017

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Rural Economy Strategy 2013-2017

  1. 1. Rural Economy Working Area Strategy 2013-2017
  2. 2. What have we done so far? • People-centred approach to achieve livelihood improvements for rural households • Project interventions: • Sustainable management of natural resources • Value chain facilitation • Organic production, fair trade • Access to financial and non-financial services • Advisory services: mainly for our projects, but also for external clients
  3. 3. Smallholder Producers Cooperatives or Companies Processors, Traders Final consumers Retailers, Brands Internal Control Systems Production System Design Business environment Services (financial, certification, advice etc.) Access to services Business management know-how and tools Policy advice and advocacy Market linkages Communication & awareness building Knowledge management Input providers Our main focus and interventions so far
  4. 4. What have we learned? 1. Multifunctional production systems are needed that cater to the requirements at household level, national markets and/or export markets. 2. A rights based approach to productive assets (land reforms, governance) and employment opportunities needs to be applied. 3. We need to strive towards accountability and economic as well as institutional sustainability of producer organisations. 4. Pluralistic rural advisory services are needed that are based on a variety of service providers (public/ private) and their respective business models.
  5. 5. Orientations for the future • Facilitation focus: Inform, motivate, and link value chain actors, without taking over core functions; only start projects with a clear and viable exit strategy. • From Innovation to up-scaling: Develop scaling-up strategies and strategic alliances for mainstreaming. • Policy dialogue and sector development: Influence sector policies and encourage collaboration among stakeholders. • Social inclusiveness: Systematically approach gender relations and skills building for young people.
  6. 6. Our intervention logic Advice, training, facilitation, knowledge sharing, partnerships Transformation of production systems Land rights and improved water management Quality of financial and non financial services Enabling environment for market actors Sustainable and resilient production systems Access to resources (land and water) Access to markets (goods, services, labour) Increased food security Increased income and wealth Reduced ecological and environmental risk / vulnerability ImpactOutcomeOutputIntervention
  7. 7. Our target groups Landresources Large farmers Economicresources Small- holders Landless / land-poor Businesses SMEs Interventions Primary target groups of Rural Economy Improve production and resource management Improve business opportunities Value chain facilitation and market access Improve skills and employment opportunities Economic drivers Economic drivers
  8. 8. Our working fields Value chains Market Systems Sustainable Agriculture Food security Natural resources Business development Rural advisory + financial services Markets for the Poor Livelihood approach
  9. 9. Our working approaches The Sustainable Livelihoods Framework The M4P Approach
  10. 10. The seven elements of our strategy 1. Sustainable farming systems 2. Food security, food sovereignty and market oriented agriculture 3. Organized smallholders 4. Opportunities in market systems 5. Value chain facilitation and value chain governance 6. Rural advisory services 7. Access to financial services
  11. 11. Transversal themes in Rural Economy 1. Gender and social equity: in depth analysis of different social groups 2. Advocacy: for more equitable rural development and conducive environments 3. Knowledge and learning: Stimulation of innovation, knowledge sharing and learning 4. Capacity development: constantly improving our own and our partners’ competencies in rural economy.
  12. 12. Interfaces with other working areas • Water for Food • Adaptation • Disaster risk reduction • Agro-forestry • Access to land • Mitigation Skills Development & Education Environment & Climate Change Water and Infrastructure Governance and Peace • Green jobs • Vocational skills • Rural roads, trail bridges • Policy framework • Migration • Land rights • Employment • Value chain governance
  13. 13. Our partners (1) Core Implementation partners Fair & Sustainable Advisory Services (of ICCO) Regional partner organisations (IC offsprings) FiBL – Research Institute for Organic Agriculture Swisscontact, HEKS HAFL – School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences Agridea, Springfield Center Core alliances and networks FANRPAN – Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Analysis Network IFOAM International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements GFRAS – Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services ILC -International Land Coalition SFRAS – Swiss Forum for Rural Advisory Services ISEALAlliance (Sustainability Standards) SFIAR - Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research M4P Hub Textile Exchange DCED - Donor Committee of Enterprise Development FLO (including Max Havelaar Switzerland) Social Performance Task Force ICAC - International Cotton Advisory Council responsAbility Social Investment AG CGAP - Consultative Group to Assist the Poor
  14. 14. Our partners (2) Donors and associates SDC – Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation ICCO – Dutch Interchurch Organisation for Development Cooperation SECO – Swiss State Secretariat of Economic Affairs Coop Fund for Sustainability AFD – French Development Agency Rabobank Foundation DFID – Britisch Development Agency SIPPO – Swiss Import Promotion Programme SIDA – Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency ITC (International Trade Centre, particularly Trade for Sustainable Development, T4SD) Hivos (NL) IDH – Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative
  15. 15. Competence development 1. Diversification of production systems 2. Business planning and management skills 3. The Market Systems Develop- ment approach 4. Livestock management 5. Non farm value chains 6. Financial services 7. DCED standard for results measurement 8. Gender, in particular women economic empowerment, and social equity
  16. 16. The role of the Rural Economy team • Support project planning and provide technical advice during implementation. • Provide field staff with approaches and tools, capacity building. • Identify and document best practice cases and lessons learned. • Facilitate knowledge sharing and joint development of approaches and tools. • Develop joint initiatives with other working areas, initiate joint learning events with other teams on specific issues. • Support design and implementation of effective results measurement systems and impact assessment in the field of rural economy.

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