SMFM strengthens the post-harvest handling abilities of farmer members while also improving the farm-based organization’s business capabilities. Farm-based organizations can range from informal groups to highly formalized cooperatives. The intent is the same: Link smallholder farmers to more profitable markets.
The SMFM methodology strengthens the capacity of farm-based organizations (FBOs) in the following four segments:
- Marketing: guides FBOs in buyer identification, conducting outreach to buyers, communication of buyer standards to members, and the development of buyer agreements.
- Membership: structures FBO outreach to potential members and improves internal communications to existing members. Also, ensure that members are educating on the roles and responsibilities of leaders and committees.
- Money: enhances FBO controls and documentation of all funds, assets, and product. Reviews liquidity of FBO throughout the season to determine any credit needs for either the organization or the members.
- Management: improves the performance and accountability of FBO leaders by ensuring adherence to documented roles and responsibilities. Also, identifies methods to ensure equitable gender leadership and participation.
We rigorously monitor project activities and adaptively manage them to achieve success for our clients. We customize every project to meet the unique demands and emerging challenges of each situation. For SMFM, we create a comprehensive evaluation that builds from the following measures:
Output: number of buyers identified
Outcome (immediate): number of sales agreements formed
Outcome (distant): average sales per member