Glimmer adaptation of ALP and SCOPE tools for rural SACCOS

As part of its approach, Glimmer promotes capacity building of Rural Savings and Credit Cooperatives (RuSACCOs) to serve as the primary financial resource for local communities. Glimmer selected two tools in the AMEA Toolbox: SCOPEinsight’s SCOPE Basic assessment tool to evaluate RuSACCOs’ business management capacity; and IFC’s Agribusiness Leadership Program (ALP) for training and coaching […]

Kilimo Trust’s consortium approach to value chain development

Between 2018 and 2021, Kilimo Trust implemented the second phase of the Regional East African Community Trade in Staples (REACTS-II) project as a continuation of REACTS-I (2014-2017). Commissioned by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), REACTS-II was designed to directly support smallholder farming households and other value chain actors across three East […]


The Strengthening African Rural Smallholders (STARS) program was an $18 million, five-year initiative (2016-2021) implemented by ICCO (now part of Cordaid) in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation and ICCO Terrafina to increase access to finance and markets for smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. STARS was implemented in four countries—Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Senegal—to develop […]

Get involved in the IWA 29 Systematic Review

You have two more weeks to provide your input for our “Professional Farmer Organisations – Guidelines” IWA 29 Systematic Review (the process to transition the IWA 29 into an International Standard). AMEA worked with NEN, the Dutch National Standardization Bureau  (a member of ISO), to develop the “Professional Farmer Organizations – Guidelines” (IWA 29) using an International Workshop […]

Highlights from AGRF 2021

Highlights from the AMEA/HarvestPlus AGRF session: “Forging resilient food systems with smallholder farmers and agri-SMEs”     Our session highlighted the urgent need to support practical, proven, scalable approaches to engaging and empowering those who make up the backbone of African agriculture and food systems: smallholder farmers and agri-food AMEs. The session achieving this by […]

Case Study (Cocoa Sector in Côte d’Ivoire): Terms of Reference

We are looking for a consultant to help us develop a case study on private sector development strategies in the Ivorian cocoa sector with a focus on access to finance. The consultant(s) should have good experience of agricultural value chains and strong communication skills in English and French. Apply by 27 September.    In 2020, […]

Benin Market Scope Study: Terms of Reference

We are looking to conduct a comprehensive market assessment in Benin, focused on farmer organisations and the role of the AMEA network.   Several of Benin’s key agricultural value chains are comprised of smallholders, farmers organizations and agri-SMEs (including cooperative societies). Many smallholders and their cooperatives in Benin lack the managerial and technical capacities needed […]

We welcome our West Africa Network Facilitator

AMEA is strengthening its Local Networks presence by appointing a network facilitator in West Africa. We are happy to announce that Oniankitan Gregoire Agai has officially joined the AMEA team and is coordinating our work in West Africa. The first AMEA Local Network in West Africa (Côte d’Ivoire) is focused on harmonising the capacity development […]

Meet our Kenya Network Facilitator

AMEA is happy to announce the appointment of our Kenya Network Facilitator – Merciline Oyier. Merciline coordinates our network of 13 members in Kenya which focuses on promoting the IWA29 at a national level, generating learning opportunities in thematic areas and identifying agriculture technologies for member projects. Merciline will also build bridges between our Global […]

ICCO STARS Case Study Terms of Reference

We are looking for a consultant to develop a case study on the ICCO Cooperation (now Cordaid) STARS programme, with a focus on BDS and access to finance for farmer organisations. Deadline: 27 August 2021.   Every year, AMEA invests in case studies to support the learning and improvement of the AMEA approach and the tools […]