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Farmers need assistance to access markets

  • Anton Muhajir

    Contributor

Denpasar   /   Fri, November 14 2008   /  11:01 am

The market changes faster than people's mindsets. This is particularly true in the agriculture sector, where many farmers still see themselves as commodity producers and not businessmen. There is a growing need for them to collaborate with different actors to link into the financial services and modern markets. The issue was discussed at the "Inclusion of Small Producers in the Value Chain: From Field Evidence to Action", a workshop jointly organized by Belgium-based Vredeseilanden (VECO), United Kingdom-based International Institute for the Environment and Development (IIED), and Netherlands-based Cordaid. Held between Nov. 12 and 14, the workshop was attended by 30 participants from Indonesian NGOs and focused on sustainable agriculture issues. VECO's Chris Claes said that, nowadays, farmers are struggling to survive. About 70% of the worlds' poor and 7...