Tools & Guidelines

Training Tools: Draft Pacific ‘Optimising the Performance of Producers’ Organisations’ training manual

Download the draft Pacific OPPO Manual here.










Training Tools: Organized Farmers as Partners in Agribusiness (Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation)

The aim of the course ‘Optimising the performance of producers’ organisations’ is to improving farmers’ performance and business relations targeting to equip facilitators  with practical approaches and tools to better support farmers’ business organisations in their entrepreneurial endeavours. The three training units are split into five components, Farmer entrepreneurship is the common denominator of all modules and sessions. A conceptual framework on rural innovation systems and entrepreneurship (RISE) and an operational approach for agribusiness cluster development (ABCD) provide guidance. The main pillars of the course programme are: Economic services farmers’ organisations can deliver to their members and Stakeholder Collaboration, which are only possible when Internal governance is up to standard. In addition, Lobby and negotiation and Innovation of agricultural development cooperation with farmers are key topics that are addressed (see right figure above).

Workbook 1: ‘Farmers and Farmer Organisations’

Workbook 2: ‘Positioning on Value Chains in Market systems’ 

Workbook 3: ‘Towards Farmer-Inclusive Business Development’.

Online Tool: Strengthening Agriculture and Nutrition Linkages

How to best integrate nutrition into existing & pipeline agricultural projects? The Nutrition-Sensitive Intervention (NSI) Selection online tool helps to identify, select & design tailored nutrition-sensitive interventions in agricultural development




Trainers Manual & Toolkit: Evaluating Inclusive Business Models in Agribusiness and linking Smallholders to Markets

Inclusive business means creating profitable business models and strategies that help drive economic opportunities for those who would otherwise be left behind – small-scale farmers, local agribusinesses and the rural unemployed. IB trainer manual, developed by Wageningen University & Research, Centre for Development Innovation and CTA, gives a framework to provide a structured approach to evaluating inclusive business models. It is particularly developed for working with small and medium size enterprises (SMEs).  The manual makes use of the LINK Toolkit (short version), developed by CIAT and CGIAR, which is a participatory guide to business models that link smallholders to markets. (The extensive version of the LINK Toolkit can be found here.)