Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness Programme (Inglés)

The project aims to involve smallholder farmer businesses sustainably in agricultural value chains, thereby improving their living conditions and economic situation. By building inclusive agricultural systems, smallholder farmers will have improved access to markets, information, and means of production. Additionally, the project emphasizes improving food security and gender equity. It also implements measures to tackle the effects of climate change.

Farmer businesses in Nepal, Uganda and Malawi face a number of challenges

Downward price pressures, the rising cost of living and climate change, together with harvest losses, structural problems, and low development lead to low productivity. Businesses and organisations lack adequate access to technical support, market information, new technologies, and technical skills for post-harvest handling and marketing.

Smaller agribusinesses, on the other hand, have barely any experience working with other market actors in their value chain. Access to finance for them is a great challenge, as is improving their internal business management, expanding commercial relations with smallholder farmers, and attracting the right investors for their business profile.

Furthermore, interest groups, political decision-makers, and regulatory authorities need support identifying and implementing reforms that would benefit smallholder farmer businesses and mid-sized agribusinesses.

Nepal, Ruanda, Etiopía
Duración del proyecto
2019 - 2024
Financiado por
  • Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)

El proyecto

The CASA project helps all participants gain knowledge of the market in order to improve their interaction with each other, on both the supply and demand sides within the value chain. In this way, everyone gets to participate in the market – be it as consumers, producers, or employees. In the end, they will be able to improve their living conditions. The project fosters the competitiveness of SMEs and sustainable economic growth.

The project’s target groups include smallholder farmers, farmer organisations, mid-sized agribusinesses, commercial investors, regulatory authorities, and political decision-makers in both donor and beneficiary countries.

The CASA project focuses on specific value chains, which differ depending on the country:

  • Rwanda – vegetables, aquaculture and poultry
  • Ethiopia – tomatoes and wheat
  • Nepal – dairy and vegetables

Expected Results

  • Project activities reach 565,000 smallholder farmers (50% women) each year, helping them to increase their incomes.
  • Uplift incomes of farmers who have been involved in the project interventions to approximately CHF 105 per year.
  • Additionally, it is expected that more than 5 million Swiss francs in investments will be mobilised from third parties for the benefit of smallholder farmer businesses.

Socios de proyectos

Implementing Partners

  • NIRAS Development Consulting (Lead agency)

Subcontracted Partners

  • The Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI)
  • LTS International (who recently merged with NIRAS)
  • TechnoServe


Agricultura sostenible
Agricultura resiliente como base para aliviar la pobreza
Alrededor del 80% de las personas más pobres del mundo viven en zonas rurales. En muchos países en vías de desarrollo, la seguridad alimentaria y el desarrollo rural enfrentan retos constantes. Cada vez más el cambio climático y otras situaciones críticas ponen en peligro la producción agrícola y el suministro de alimentos. Swisscontact trabaja en todo el mundo para lograr un sector agrícola sostenible, integrador y resiliente, que de hecho constituye la base para el desarrollo rural y la mitigación de la pobreza.