In June 2010 SNV, together with IFAD, organised a conference on ‘brokering knowledge for upscaling best practices in Inclusive Markets Access in East & Southern Africa’, which brought together over 70 participants from 11 African countries from donor, public and private sector to share experiences. This report summarizes the main issues discussed during the conference, of which the main focus was seeking to bring about systemic change for larger-scale sustainable inclusive markets with a wider significance.
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.
SNV has supported the Union of Onion Producers of Tsernaoua (Niger) since 2005 by strengthening the technical and organisational capacities of the 1,200 producers and, with funding from a donor foundation, the Union built an onion trading centre in Tsernaoua. Strengthening onion farmers led to in an increase in the quantity and quality of their production, whereas the trading centre enabled the Union to better organise the marketing of its products for export in the region. The centre has doubled its annual sales volume, and producers saw an annual increase in incomes derived from onions of 100%, which enables them to better meet their family needs, and to increase investments in onion production. The professionalism of the producers and the existence of a well-organised trading centre have attracted the interest of local producer organisations in nearby areas, who replicated the model, and international agri-businesses, such as Nestlé, which are keen to diversify their supply sources.