Contract Farming Resource Centre

Contract Farming Resource Centre (CFRC) is a free-of-charge,"one-stop" site for news, publications and training materials related to contract farming. FAO is responding to growing demand from Member States, Donor Partners and the Public for technical strengthening in contract farming (CF) operations. Increasingly CF is viewed as a fair and responsible inclusive business modality, formalizing the supply chain linkages between smallholder farmers and agribusiness firms.

Key Documents

In the latest State of Agricultural Commodity Markets (SOCO 2020) flagship publication by FAO, contract farming is presented as an approach to integrating farmers into modern and global value chains. Contract farming can provide smallholder farmers with improved access to markets though there remains potential inequitable access for contract farming (+) More
The Model Agreement for Responsible Contract Farming was developed by FAO and IISD, drawing from the principles of the UNIDROIT/FAO/IFAD Legal Guide on Contract Farming. The Model Agreement is a simple and practical legal tool for buyers and producers to improve their business relations and help make responsible agricultural investment a (+) More
Securing decent work for young people in Africa is critical given the large numbers of young people entering the labour force each year (about 11 million). With few opportunities for formal employment in manufacturing and services, agribusinesses offer young people the opportunity to earn income in rural areas. If others emulate them, there (+) More