Tools and Guidelines , Knowledge note
Module 3: Support to farmers’ organizations business models
A business model is a means by which a farmers’ organization (FO) structures its resources, services and collaboration with members, stakeholders (traders, suppliers, public and private sector), clients and partners to create and capture value. To strengthen business models for FOs so that they are in a better position to benefit from market opportunities, attention needs to be focused on three areas: (i) FO access to financial resources; (ii) economic services for FO members; and (iii) FO partnerships with other stakeholders in the value chain. This module addresses these areas and, through case studies, reviews a range of FO business models adopted by IFAD-supported projects/grants or by other FOs and partners.