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 […]

Ethiopia Local Network hosts BDS Workshop

On 22 March 2022, the AMEA Ethiopia Local Network organized a day for members and partners, including a workshop to develop a strategy for improving business development services (BDS) for farmer organizations (FOs). Participants included AMEA members and partners, as well as a number of private BDS providers. AMEA’s global Network Director and Program Officer were also in attendance. […]

Meet our new Global Member: SOCODEVI

AMEA is excited to have SOCODEVI join our network as a global member. SOCODEVI supports cooperatives and mutuals as tools and effective levers for inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development. SOCODEVI is currently working in 17 countries on 30 projects which improve the living conditions of over 1 200 000 people in more than 275 cooperative […]

We welcome SNV as a local member in Ethiopia

We are pleased to announce that SNV in Ethiopia has joined AMEA as a Local Member. SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation working to raise incomes and provide access to basic services for those living in poverty. SNV focuses on agriculture, energy and, Water and Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) with a long-term, local presence in […]

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 […]