Strengthening agribusiness linkages with small-scale farmers
Case studies in Latin America and the Caribbean
This paper provides a synthesis of a study in Latin America that forms part of a major initiative within FAO called "Strengthening linkages between the farmer and agribusiness". This initiative stresses the search for alternatives in developing and strengthening just and efficient relationships between farms and agribusinesses. Agribusiness stakeholders may include all commercial firms involved in the production, distribution and processing of agricultural products, as well as firms offering services, including extension, research and/or business administration. Building farmer- agribusiness linkages refers to improving farmers' capacities to add value to their products, converting their subsistence agriculture into commercial agriculture, through the processing of their products, and by establishing raw-material supply contracts with national and international processors and distributors. Strengthening also means improving the regular and timely supply of agricultural products needed by agribusiness enterprises, according to the specifications of the quality desired.
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