- identifying and engaging a robust network of FOs in target countries and identifying income-enhancing needs of their members
- Increasing and improving the supply of relevant services available to FOs to respond to their needs
- Linking FOs with service providers and private sector players in value-chains to enhance their capacity for effective service delivery (market-driven income gains) for their members
- Evaluate outcomes, document lessons, and build the knowledge base on FOs that would promote learning and best practice in Sub Sahara Africa (SSA).
|Mercy Karanja works with extension and farmer organizations at |
the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and guides the strategy and
grants for the foundation’s work with small holder farmers.
During this initial four-year program, FOSCA plans to:
- Reach 220,000 smallholder farmers with income and production improvements services
- Improve the capacities of at least 70 FOs based on a set of criteria around gender, market-orientation, smallholder membership, and income generation.
- Expand the smallholder membership of 50% of the target FOs by 25-50% during the project term.
In order to maximize opportunities for collaboration and synergies, FOs prioritized by FOSCA are partners or potential partners in existing AGRA and Bill Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) grants. The initial pilot activities will be those working with World Food Program’s (WFP) Purchase for Progress (P4P), AGRA’s Markets Access and Soil Health Programs.
FOSCA will focus on the 4 Priority One countries of AGRA in this initial Phase:
- Ghana, Mali, Mozambique and Tanzania
- Burkina Faso, Malawi, Niger, Rwanda and Zambia (Partnership with Swedish Cooperation),
- Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria (Partnership with BMGF)