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Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness (CASA) Programme (Anglais)

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 loving 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.

Le projet

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, suppliers of agromachinery and services, 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:

  • Malawi: poultry and fish farming
  • Uganda: sesame and beans
  • Nepal: dairy products and vegetables

Résultats

Expected Results

Project activities reach 500,000 smallholder farmers each year, helping them to increase their incomes. 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.

Partenaire du projet

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

Pays du projet

  • Malawi
  • Népal
  • Ouganda

Durée du projet

2019 - 2023

Financement

  • DFID

Domaine de travail

Entreprise

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