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Agriculture-based business development

The agricultural sector in developing countries are facing a lot of challenges. Still, a large numbers of smallholders are in a unique position to benefit from transforming subsistence farming into profitable business enterprises, while at the same time playing a significant role in mitigating climate change.

The agricultural sector in developing countries is swamped by multifaceted challenges, thus restraining a large proportion of the population from making a noticeable leap forward and out of poverty. Challenges range from low productivity, vulnerability to weather, limited access to credit and financial services, to the lack of integration into formal markets and value chains. Not surprisingly, smallholders are in the frontline of combating these constraints, while at the same time facing tremendous threats from climate change.

Norges Vel’s role is to equip smallholders with the skills, tools and capacities to become active players in a formalized market approach and position themselves to take control of their own development.

To achieve this we will:

  • Mobilize smallholders for formal collaboration and agribusiness development
  • Target smallholder organizations for collective marketing and inputs procurement through formal structures and market channels
  • Provide collective access to credit and financial services
  • Support regional integration and trade collaboration through networking and exchange
  • Support formal integration into relevant value chains through sustainable, climate
  • friendly  and innovative product development
  • Generate entrepreneurship and income by the utilization of agricultural waste products for sustainable businesses and renewable energy
  • Develop and introduce climate smart agricultural production methods, combining proper soil management with integrated production techniques for improved productivity
  • Promote sustainable, profitable synergies between food and energy production
  • Promote sustainable, profitable synergies between agriculture and nearby value-chain institutions 
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Agriculture-Based Business Development