Access to finance lessons from the cocoa sector in Côte d’Ivoire

AMEA commissioned a case study to understand if the technical assistance and Business Development Services provided to producer organizations has enabled them to access finance. Additionally, this study highlights promising approaches to delivering segmented, targeted capacity development and explores the need for a database of cocoa Producer Organizations. Download the case study here

AMEA Updates December 2022

All the latest news from the AMEA network. Updates on our latest funding, new local networks and current BDS and Access to Finance work.

BDS Study launched in Honduras

Earlier this year, the AMEA Local Network in Honduras commissioned a study to assess the current state of Business Development Services (BDS) and the potential opportunities to leverage effectiveness, sustainability, and scalability in the BDS market.   In June 2022, Rikolto and AMEA organised an initial feedback workshop to allow AMEA members and key partners […]

Uganda cooperative database launch

Many rural, farmer-owned agribusinesses in Uganda are currently not managed professionally, which makes it difficult for these businesses to access inputs, services and finance. Additionally, organisations who work with cooperatives often deliver services in a fragmented, expensive and unsustainable way. AMEA aims to transform the way in which farmers and their organisations are supported. As […]

Meet our newest member: Lutheran World Federation

We are pleased to announce that the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Uganda is joining AMEA. The LWF Uganda program has a proven track record of over 40 years of service in humanitarianism. With an affiliation to LWF World Service, LWF Uganda strives to alleviate poverty, resettle those displaced due to the insurgency and elevate the […]

We welcome ADC as a local member

We are happy to welcome the Agribusiness development Centre (ADC) as a new local member in Uganda! ADC focuses on improving the sustainability and self-sufficiency of Farmer Based Organisations and Cooperatives through capacity building and technical assistance in the areas of cooperative governance, financial literacy and financial management, access to markets and access to finance. […]

Uganda BDS survey validation workshop

One of AMEA’s focus areas for 2022 is understanding how to design and scale effective Business Development Services (BDS) for Farmer Organisations. Under this mandate, our Uganda Local Network, together with the Uganda Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries (MAAIF) hosted a workshop on 27 April to validate a recent survey on BDS with […]

Capacity building approaches in Ethiopia: insights from an AMEA team visit

In March 2022, the AMEA global team visited Ethiopia to meet with members and partners, host a workshop on Business Development Services and visit AMEA member project sites. Here are some of the capacity building approaches AMEA members and partners are using with Farmer Organizations in Ethiopia: The AMEA team traveled to the Arsi zone […]