Shirika

Professionalizing Farmer Organizations in Partnership with:

Why Capacity Build Farmer Organizations?

Farmer organizations are centres of value consolidation for other market actors. It is difficult to build vibrant and stable market systems without vibrant and stable supply chains. We believe that vibrant and stable smallholder supply chains can only be realized by building entrepreneurial farmer organizations that are run as professional businesses. Our Shirika program for professionalizing farmer organizations is a world-class localized program that was designed to do exactly that! 

Eight Big Reasons To  Use Our Shirika Program

There are several farmer organization development programs out there, but here are eight strong reasons why you should use our SHIRIKA program:

1. The program is built on the AMEA framework and the ISO global guidelines for professional farmer organizations. 

 

2. Uses SCOPEInsight (standard) assessment tools that measure farmer organisations market responsiveness. We have a pool of trained and certified SCOPE assessors in the region and have conducted hundreds of assessments for reputable organizations such as KCB, AGRA, USAID, RTI, SNV, and NCBA CLUSA among others. 

 

3. Offers IFC's Agribusiness Leadership Program (ALP) for farmer organizations- we are the first provider to offer a digital version of the ALP.  ALP is aligned to the SCOPE tools and ISO guidelines and is therefore highly targeted to closing capacity gaps identified by the SCOPE tools. 

 

4. Is delivered using our mobile learning platform (under our Twalisha platform), developed and pilot tested in partnership with KCB GROUP (the biggest bank in East Africa). Our digital learning allows participants to determine their own learning path and learn at their own pace and convenience. 

 

5. Blends self-learning with Coach support- farmer organizations are matched to expert coaches that support learners to develop learning paths, process technical issues, complete learning and  developed and implement action plans to realize results.  

 

6. Links learning to actual business performance by linking farmer organizations to market, inputs and finance. Enabling learners to meet real needs in this way creates motivation for learning.  

 

7. Farmer organizations are able to meet cost of learning through revenue generated from increased productivity and linkage to market ensuring sustainability. 

8. Our Twalisha platform enables farmer organizations to coordinate their supply chain engagement with actors including: collecting input orders from member farmers; undertaking bulk procurement from Twalisha input suppliers; distributing inputs to member farmers; doing production planning and coordinating extension support; aggregating and transporting produce to destination markets; making digital payment to the farmers and locking input savings for the next season.  

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