The focus: associativity and business management. The objective: to improve the competitiveness and sustainability of the agricultural chains of the Americas.
San Jose, Costa Rica (IICA). Nearly 300 technicians from 65 institutions linked to the agricultural sector in 14 countries of the Americas strengthened their skills in the design of business plans, marketing management, export and business management plans during 2017, thanks to the efforts of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA).
Training was imparted through on-site and online workshops, which also benefited producers’ organizations representing the following production chains: cocoa, poultry, coffee, cashew, vegetables, sesame, honey, banana, avocado, cotton, ornamental plants, crafts, typical products, beans, maize, ovine meat, milk, mushrooms, grapes, and the aquaculture and agro-tourism sectors.
This capacity building program was made possible thanks to the work of IICA’s Flagship Project on Productivity and Sustainability of Agricultural Chains, an initiative aimed at promoting progress, innovation and the improvement of production and post-production systems in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).
The following are some examples of the actions carried out:
In addition, 35 technicians from 12 countries participated in an online course to improve their skills in designing business plans for developing value added products.
To accompany these training processes, IICA produced a series of 9 manuals on associativity, marketing, business management and value adding, which benefited technicians from different institutions. With IICA’s support, the trainees used the manuals to improve the performance of producers´ organizations in their respective countries.
According to Marvin Blanco, IICA’s Specialist in Agribusiness and Value Added, these actions helped to resolve critical factors that affect the competitiveness of agricultural chains in the Latin American and Caribbean countries, particularly the low levels of articulation of small-scale farmers in the value adding and commercialization processes.
According to Blanco, “a factor of success was our effective coordination with programs and projects linked to the countries’ Ministries of Agriculture for the selection of beneficiaries and complementation of resources.”
Marvin Blanco M, Specialist in Agribusiness and Value Added.