The analyses revealed that most producer organizations encounter problems like high illiteracy of their members, inheritance of bad image from its predecessors, no trust among members, living in a monopolistic environment and corruption.
This study concluded that
producer organizations should be considered effective when members either use the services a producer organization offers or if 70% - 100% of the produce produced by… Continue
A so called learning expedition on the use of naturally extracted microorganisms from forest soils was organised in Tingo Maria, in the province of Huanuco, Peru. From the 19th to 21st of October 2009 celebrating the 1st International conference on use of microorganisms in preparation of organic manure. A learning expedition organised by La Cooperative Agraria Cafetalera Divisoria Ltda in collaboration with Progreso Programa and Agroambiente… Continue
First of all we would like to thank all the producer organizations that send in their experiences on biodiversity and marketing. We truly enjoyed reading all of them!
The experiences were evaluated by the following criteria:
• Level of relevance for other producer and supporting organizations worldwide
• Level of innovative quality of the solutions that were developed in relation to the challenges.
• Level of impact of the experience on the overall performance of… Continue
On the 14th of September 57 experts from the public, private and academic sector gathered to explore the theme "How can producer organizations become full-fledged partners in innovative partnerships?" Progreso Network & Agri-ProFocus members Solidaridad, KIT and Agriterra were responsible for the organization of the event held in Huize Frankendael in Amsterdam.
Edith Kroese (Progresso Network) and Hedwig Bruggeman (Agri… Continue
It was very interesting to share some time with members and friends of the Progreso Network last week in Amsterdam, and to be able to share a bit of our work and of our results. For all of you interested in systematization (or documentation, or capitalisation), we have recently updated our website. We are focusing on the lessons learnt during a systematization process. As most of you are interested and involved in systematization processes, you surely have some particular issues to highlight.… Continue
With the export of 100.000 new cards to the Netherlands, FairMail’s teenage photographer acheived record earnings over the past months.
In total FairMail’s 27 teenage photographers earned more then 7.500 euro’s in education money, packaging wage and health insurance. In average the teenagers in Peru earned 32% more then the local fair trade liveable wage and the Indian teenagers even 252% more the the local fair trade liveable wage! Since the beginning of FairMail a total…Continue
Composting Activities and Infrastructure for Organic Farmers in Rainfed Areas of Kalahandi District, Orissa
With the motto to enhance the socio-technical capacities of the cotton farmers & substantial increment in the fertility of soil, the steps to construct compost pit has broaden the horizon of thinking of 1284 nos of cotton farmers in two blocks of Kalahandi district under VISION's Organic Cotton Intervention Programme supported by Chetna Organic. Initially… Continue
Many producer organizations have been encouraged to go into the ever increasing number of certification programs. A feature of small holder organizations becoming compliant to develop an internal control system which internally verifies that the producers and other actors follow th standards set by a body like the Rainforest Alliance, Utz certified, organic standards setters etc.
The costs involved in setting up and running an ICS can be high.
Does your organization run one?