Farm Concern International (FCI) is an Africa-wide Market Development Agency, which promotes pro-poor marketing models and strategic alliances to enhance economic growth among poor communities in various countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. FCI has designed and tested market innovation landscapes that seek to address market barriers in Africa. In Developing and implementing market oriented programmes across Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), FCI’s market development initiatives have been benchmarked along private sector market development approaches with the aim of enhancing the competitiveness of the poor in the market place. The FCI Pro-Poor Business Models have enhanced sustainability and profitability of farming enterprises in Africa. FCI is currently supporting the commercialization and market access to millions of smallholders in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Commercialized African households with increased incomes and better livelihoods
Farm Concern International has evolved into a pro-poor market development icon in Sub-Saharan Africa currently facilitating trade for over 50 crops and 10 species of livestock and fisheries through profitable market relationships. Global trends and market forces are increasingly threatening to push smallholders out of market chains; however FCI’s interventions have changed the market landscape and graduated smallholders into profitable market players.
With its Headquarters in Nairobi-Kenya, FCI operates various country offices in Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Mali, Ghana, Mozambique, Zambia and Burundi.
Winning Markets for the Poor!
FCI does this through:
- Identification of viable business opportunities for smallholders and for communities with limited access to resources.
- Analyzing and identifying private sector players and traditional markets with procurement and purchase systems which offer market opportunities for smallholders.
- Building entrepreneurship and marketing capacity of smallholders through enhanced, practical and business-oriented training methodologies.
- Market Exposure and exchange visits for smallholders
- Facilitation of Business Forums and Partnerships between smallholders and Value Chain Players.
- Building sustainable partnerships between smallholders and value chain players.
- Increasing competitiveness of smallholders and enhancing their participation in the marketplace.
- Smallholder women commercialization, providing access to markets and initiating viable approaches to access financial services.
- Systematic Commercialization of African Villages and strategically linking them to market players.
- Facilitating access to markets, access to revenue and development of internal savings and lending approaches.
- Application of household approach to commercialization, resulting in increased household involvement in commercial agendas for men, women and youth.
- Increasing capacity of the private sector to do business with poor communities and supporting the sector to prioritize economic interventions for corporate social responsibility.