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Establishing and Strengthening Farmer Organizations Course


Farmers’ organization’s-FOs represent farmers’ own interests. They have emerged as a result of Farmers own, real expressed needs. They are effective channels of communication between the member-farmers. Without them, a situation of isolated voices would arise, that lack coordination and general power to affect the behavior of agricultural service providers. Farmer organizations therefore need to be strengthened. FO’s for instance do not have access to diverse sources of income, in some instances, there are no core cultural or economic activities that bind their members, FO’s in certain instances do not have access to capacity-building support, they sometimes operate in unfriendly institutional environment (lack of supportive legislation, no formal recognition). They tend to be weak and are unable to influence powerful actors with the needs of their members.

The Sustainable Livelihoods-SL approach to rural development recognizes the key importance of institutions and organizations to rural people for achieving positive livelihood outcomes

In many prevailing situations worldwide, formation of groups and farmer organizations is done without training them properly in theory and practice on the basic principles of community organizations. Majority of the farmers do not have many skills and experience in the process of establishing these organizations. However, many government agencies have developed national policies for rural development and designed policy framework to help rural people become organized so that delivery of services could be channeled through the various types of farmer organizations or groups. Well-meaning policies provide blueprint structures for farmer organizations (FO) in the form of cooperatives and commodity organizations in order to provide various inputs, marketing, and educational services to the farmers. However, a number of issues surround the establishment and functioning of farmer organizations remain unaddressed. 


5 days


This course is intended for various actors in the Agriculture Extension (Agricultural extension officers, senior agricultural officials and policy makers) working with communities, in governments, funding agencies, Research organizations and non-government organizations among others for Agriculture support activities and other Development programmes.


By the end of the course, learners will have:

  • Have gained practical knowledge on the various types of typical Farmer organizations
  • Understood the key steps in establishing farmer organizations
  • Be able to establish the roles of extension services in farmer organizations
  • Understood the key issues influencing participation in farmer organizations
  • Understood the various strategies/empowerment methods that can be applied to farmer organizations
  • Gain an understanding of the factors influencing farmer organizations’ effectiveness/success
  • Knowledge of the policy issues influencing establishment and strengthening of farmer organizations


  • Key steps in establishing farmer organizations
    • Understanding the Village Community
    • Identifying Potential Leaders in the Community
    • Talking to the Identified Leaders and Seeking Cooperation from Other
    • Developing an Organizational Structure.
    • Helping Local Leaders to Call Community Meetings.
    • Nominating Core Group Leaders to Develop or Establish the FO
    • Developing an Organizational Structure for the FO
    • Developing the FO's Management through Education and Action Learning
    • Gearing up for Action
    • Monitoring and Evaluating the FO's Progress
  • Key steps in strengthen existing FOs
    • Understanding the Village Community and Gaining Their Trust
    • Talking to Leaders about Why FOs Are Less Active
    • Seeking Ideas on Strengthening and Revitalizing Community FOs
    • Encouraging Local Leaders to Call Community Meetings
    • Establishing a Core Group of Leaders to Draft a Proposal
    • Getting Comments on and Community Endorsement of the Strategy
  • Roles of extension services in farmer organizations
  • Issues influencing participation in farmer organizations
  • Empowerment methods to farmer organizations
  • Fundraising for Farmer organizations
  • Factors influencing farmer organizations’ effectiveness/success
  • The dynamics of collaboration between research and farmers' organizations
  • Policy issues influencing establishment and strengthening of farmer organizations


Participants should be reasonably proficient in English. Applicants must live up to Indepth Research Services (IRES) admission criteria.


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Services (IRES) certificate.


The training is residential and will be held at IRES Training Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

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Tel: 020 211 3814


This training can also be customized for your institution upon request to a minimum of 4 participants. You can have it delivered in our training centre or at a convenient location.

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Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B 09th  December 2019.

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Payment for the all courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable, and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.

1.    Participants may cancel attendance 14 days or more prior to the training commencement date.

2.    No refunds will be made 14 days or less to the training commencement date. However, participants who are unable to attend may opt to attend a similar training at a later date, or send a substitute participant provided the participation criteria have been met.

Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.

Event Properties

Event Duration 5 Days
Event Date 16-12-2019
Event End Date 20-12-2019
Cut off date 09-12-2019
Individual Price(Kenyan) KES 75,000
Individual Price (International) EUR 1,012
Individual Price(International in Dollars) USD 1,000
Location Nairobi, Kenya
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