SNV Zambia’s value-chain approach sought to change the unproductive honey market dynamics. The industry has responded to the challenges present, and solutions are being created with diverse stakeholders being able to meet, share experiences, learn together and contribute to decisions. Ultimate success towards outcomes has been in developing the collective commitment and capacity to turn ideas and plans into action.
“To empower rice farmers in the district to operate as profitable businesses by providing them with business development services”. In the pursuit of this dream the association has managed to provide its members the following services; input provision, access to market through contract faming arrangements, bulking and storage services and access to finance via savings and credit cooperatives. SNV has been providing capacity development support aimed at empowering the association to deliver these business services.Productivity of farmers has increased, but the clearest gain for the farmers are the higher prices farmers are getting for their crops, which improved with 100%.
SNV’s approach to development is principally to work in an advisory capacity with meso-level organizations. Taking on this advisory role has considerable implications for the way that SNV handles issues. In essence, it is the quality of the advisory service itself, rather than the specific knowledge to be shared or transferred, that makes managing such issues successful. Clearly SNV advisers must be able provide guidance and support to partners and their staff to do this. At the same time SNV seeks to learn from other organizations that may be emphasizing the advisory process.
East African SNV programmes have undertaken an initiative to build new models for advisory practice, what we call ‘Building Advisory Practice’ (BAP). The initiative has examined in detail what characteristics constitute a quality advisory practice, what others are doing that SNV would like to emulate, and the best way to share the knowledge gained with the wider public. Meeting these objectives means building new ways of learning and sharing within SNV and with external partners and knowledge systems. This publication on private sector development is a major product in that endeavour.
The publication, as with the whole BAP process, has involved the energy, commitment and patience of literally hundreds of persons, from partner organizations as well as SNV staff, many of whom are acknowledged at the back of the booklet.
The brochure is a compilation of various case studies illustrating the impact of SNV's work in the life of millions of people in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
It portrays the approaches and methods used by SNV to empower local communities, businesses and organisations to break the cycle of poverty by providing them with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services.