Learning how to make group orders for potato seeds
In Niger, seed potatoes must be imported from Europe each year. With the support of the project "Capitalization", FCMC-Niya, a federation of horticultural cooperatives, had its first experience making a group (bulk) order for potato seeds for all its members. This operation was made with a commercial letter of credit (a “Crédoc” in French), a payment guarantee provided by the buyer's bank to the supplier's bank. The adoption of these commercial techniques by the federation demonstrates that together farmers are able to order directly from the international market.
The Capitalisation website provides fact sheets like this: "Commandes groupées d'intrants : expériences d'organisations professionnelles agricoles". One of these fact sheets is the story of the bulk order of seed potatoes, as experienced by the Fédération des Coopératives Maraîchères du Niger (FCMN-Niya).
The promotion of gender sensitive practices for inventory credit
The project "Capitalization" highlights the good practices that contribute to making inventory credit equally accessible to all women and men, especially the most vulnerable. Fact sheets on experiences are produced in a participatory manner with the organizations involved (farmer organizations, decentralized financial institutions, and advisory services). In two situations where inventory credit is practiced in Burkina Faso and Niger, the project conducted an analysis of the factors which hinder access or prevent continuing access to inventory credit by the poorest women and men. The best solutions to avoid these inequities will be promoted and integrated into the training manuals.
The "Gender and Warrantage" section of the Capitalisation website provides: i) a model for introducing warrantage (warehouse receipts), systematically taking into account men and women, ii) a tool to question men and women at different stages of a a warrantage campaign: see http://www.capitalisation-bp.net/spip.php?article36.