In 2015, FAO good practices related to the intensification of agriculture by strengthening cooperative agro-input shops have been internationally rewarded. Two FAO projects joined forces in capitalizing the good practices that existed in Niger on agricultural input management: on the technical side, the project “Intensification of agriculture by strengthening cooperative agro-input shops” (IARBIC) and on the methodological aspects of experience capitalization, “Capitalization of good practices in support of agricultural production and food security”. The projects were implemented with the financial support of the European Union, Belgium, Luxembourg and Spain and in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture of Niger and the Union of the Producers Federations of Niger. The good practices cover the following areas: agricultural input shops, inventory credit, group order of agricultural inputs, fertilizer microdosing and farmer field schools.
Expo Milano’s International Selection Committee placed particular value on the high levels of collaboration and impact, strong components of the FAO best practices, given the Organization’s emphasis on partnerships to enrich and further the impact of its projects in the field. All FAO’s best practices that have been submitted are now available on the Feeding Knowledge platform, an initiative launched by Expo Milano 2015 to encourage greater cooperation in research and innovations related to food security.