Conference proceedings and presentations from a Regional Consultation on Linking Farmers to Markets held in Cairo, Egypt, from January 29 to February 2, 2006. It was the second in a series of regional workshops intended to share innovative ideas resulting from Building New Partnerships in the Global Food Chain.
The major part of the program were 30 case studies that were selected on a competitive basis from throughout the Middle East, North Africa and other developing countries.
Diversification into Higher-Value Products and Markets:
- Livestock Products, including dairy and meat products
- Fisheries, including aquaculture
- Fresh horticultural crops, especially for export
- Natural Products, including herbs, medicinal and aromatic crops
- Organic food products
Organizing to Supply High-Value Domestic and International Markets
- Building a safe and efficient supply chain for dairy or meat products
- Improving supply chain management, including traceability
- Establishing quality assurance standards and certification systems for key export markets (e.g., EurepGAP, organic)
- Organizing, training, and linking small-scale farmers to high-value markets
- Making contract farming a “win-win” relationship between producers and buyers
Other Interrelated Issues
- Capacity building and building public-private partnerships
- Moving up the food chain: Can farmers be successful in value-added processing?
- Increasing the role of rural women in producing and processing agricultural products for domestic and global markets
- Training farmers to be reliable food-chain partners
Wrap-up Sessions on day five of the Consultation synthesized the lessons learned and successful practices around organizational and policy frameworks, such as:
- Macro-economic and policy requirements needed to support this new approach to agricultural development
- Trade policy requirements to build sustainable supply chains
- Building competitive marketing channel alliances
- The need to establish an international network to give producers and firms continuing access to information and learning opportunities - about this dynamic global food system.