Together we grow”

This is simply a summary of the latest TransFert meetings held in Kenya from June 16 to 21. For 6 days, the 36 participants from Burkina Faso (5), Côte d’Ivoire (2), France (10), Kenya (10) and Madagascar (9) met in Nakuru, hosted by the Cereal Growers Association (CGA). The delegation was composed of lead farmers and technicians employed by farmers organizations, technical advisors, Fert employees and members of Fert.

Partners since 2013, CGA and Fert launched a first pilot phase in two counties in 2016 (Narok and Nakuru): the objective of the partnership is to implement CGA’s strategy for the development of sustainable services in order to build loyalty among its farmer members. This is reflected in the strengthening of CGA services to farmers: agricultural consulting, management consulting, access to information, access to inputs, storage, marketing, etc….

Like the TransFert(*) programme, these meetings were a source of mutual enrichment: both in the discovery of CGA’s action in Kenya, but also in the sharing of experiences with representatives from Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, France and Madagascar. An exchange between peers, where we understand each other, respect each other and learn.

(*) TransFert is a multi-country programme initiated in 2015 with the support of the French Development Agency, which aims to support Fert’s partner producer organisations in Sub-Saharan Africa and to promote learning between these organisations, through peer exchange and capitalisation.