Capacity-building: additional agriculture resources

A sub-page for storing information about agriculture-related capacity building organizations, pages, articles, events, etc.

agriculture-related IGOs & NGOs

Agrisud International
Agrisud promotes economic revival through the creation of Very Small family Entreprises (VSE), especially in the agricultural sector: production of vegetables, fruits, breeding, product processing… Because they are economical as well as agro-ecological, those businesses are viable and sustainable. This is also due to the fact that they are integrated in their local market. The entrepreneurs have each been assisted all along the process of professionalization that took them from poverty to autonomy
For 25 years, Agrisud has contributed in this way to create or reinforce 59,100 VSE in twenty or so countries in Africa, Asia or South America, and in France.

Agronomes et vétérinaires sans frontières (AVSF)
AVSF is an officially recognized non-profit association that works for international solidarity and that has been engaged in supporting smallholder farming since 1977. AVSF reaches out to smallholder communities threatened by exclusion and poverty, offering them professional skills in agriculture, livestock farming, and animal health.
Thanks to the smallholder farming that AVSF defends, families no longer suffer from hunger, smallholders are able to live off their land and their herds, communities preserve the environment, and organizations help feed the people and defend their rights.

Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD)
CIRAD has a priority objective: to build a sustainable agriculture, adapted to climate change, able to feed 10 billion people in 2050, while preserving the environment.
CIRAD is the French organization for agronomic research and international cooperation for the sustainable development of tropical and Mediterranean regions. Its activities are in the life sciences, social sciences and engineering sciences applied to agriculture, food, environment and land management. It works on major themes such as food security, climate change, the management of natural resources, the reduction of inequalities and the fight against poverty.
With its partners in the South, CIRAD produces and transmits new knowledge to support innovation and agricultural development. It puts its scientific and institutional expertise at the service of the public policies of these countries and international debates on the major issues of agriculture.

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)
IATP works locally and globally at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems.
It has a 30-year history of pursuing cutting edge solutions that benefit family farmers, rural communities and the planet. Its work extends from advocating for more democratic and economically just trade agreements to advocacy for stronger public health protections in chemical policy, to spearheading Farm to Head Start programs. Connecting the dots has made IATP unique in that it matches high-level research and analysis with on-the-ground engagement to bring policies to fruition. Its technical expertise and credibility within a variety of fields has enabled it to serve as a convener, collaborator, and trusted source for NGOs, policymakers, and public agencies around the world.

International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)
The only international umbrella organization for the organic world, uniting diverse range of stakeholders contributing to the organic vision, IFOAM works towards true sustainability in agriculture, from the field, through the value chain to the consumer.
From building awareness among the public and advocating for sustainable policy, to building capacity and facilitating the transition of farmers to organic agriculture, everything it does aims to strengthen the organic movement and lead it forwards.

International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC)
Until its dissolution in 2015, IPC promoted the role of trade in creating a more open, equitable, productive and sustainable global food and agricultural system. It made pragmatic trade policy recommendations to help solve the major challenges facing the global food and agricultural system in the 21st century—the need to promote global food security, to sustainably increase productivity, and to contribute to economic growth and development. It convened influential policymakers, agribusiness executives, farm and civil society leaders, and academics from around the world in order to clarify complex issues, foster broad stakeholder participation in policy deliberations, and build consensus around pragmatic policy recommendations.
Its website is kept available so that its work can be accessed.

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
IFAD promotes agricultural growth that is environmentally sustainable and integrated into ecosystems. It help farmers and fishers become more resilient to the impact of climate change. IFAD’s Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme is the largest global climate adaptation programme for smallholder farmers. It channels climate and environmental finance to smallholder farmers, helping them to reduce poverty, enhance biodiversity, increase yields and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

International Potato Center (CIP)
CIP, was founded in 1971 as a root and tuber research-for-development institution delivering sustainable solutions to the pressing world problems of hunger, poverty, and the degradation of natural resources. CIP furthers its mission through rigorous research, innovation in science and technology, and capacity strengthening regarding root and tuber farming and food systems.
CIP is truly a global center, with headquarters in Lima, Peru and offices in 20 developing countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Working closely with its partners, CIP seeks to achieve food security, increased well-being, and gender equity for poor people in the developing world.

Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)
FiBL is an independent, non-profit, research institute with the aim of advancing cutting-edge science in the field of organic agriculture.
FiBL’s research team works together with farmers to develop innovative and cost-effective solutions to boost agricultural productivity while never losing sight of environmental, health and socio-economic impacts.
Alongside practical research, FiBL gives high priority to transferring knowledge into agricultural practice through advisory work, training and conferences.

Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation EU-ACP (CTA)
CTA is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU. CTA’s activities contribute directly toward achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with specific focus on:
Goal 1 No poverty: End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
Goal 2 Zero hunger: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
Goal 5 Gender equality: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Goal 8 Decent work and economic growth: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all.
Goal 13 Climate action: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN)
WOCAN is a women-led international membership network of women and men professionals and women's associations. It was established in 2004 with the objective to address three major gaps that emerge from the knowledge and experiences of sustainable and rural development processes:
• policies regarding gender within the agriculture and natural resource management sectors,
• roles of professional women in implementing policy objectives for rural women’s empowerment and gender equality within these sectors, and
• organizational barriers that obstruct women from realizing positions of leadership and influence to take on such roles.

Agriculture-related NGOs - Latin America

Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)
As the specialized agency of the Inter-American System for agriculture, IICA supports the efforts of the Member States to achieve agricultural development and rural well-being. Its mission is to encourage, promote and support its Member States in their efforts to achieve agricultural development and rural well-being through international technical cooperation of excellence.

agriculture-related NGOs - not capacity building related

Agriconsulting S.p.A.
Established in 1966 by a group of agricultural entrepreneurs, Agriconsulting shareholding provides specialised consulting. Through multidisciplinary, hands-on, practical experience, its human resources are in a position to cater for any requirements in the planning, design and management of development initiatives in agriculture, rural development, environment and natural resources management, spatial planning, geographical information services, agrifood supply chain development, support to small and medium sized enterprises, institutional support and vocational training.

Agropolis International
Association Agropolis International was founded in Montpellier 24 January 1986 by the research and higher education institutes located in Montpellier and the Occitanie area working in the field of agriculture, food, biodiversity and environment, with the support of the government and local authorities. This platform is open to the development of the Mediterranean and Southern countries. It has 5 main missions:
• Facilitating access to the skills and resources of the scientific community
• Providing a platform for building and coordinating new international partnerships
• Being at the interface between the stakeholders of the economic development and innovation issues
• Supporting the dialogue between science and society
• Providing a place for exchanges and the reception of partners, a common house for the regional scientific community involved in agriculture – food – biodiversity – environment issues.

BBC is an association created in 2000 to promote a responsible agriculture with the objective of improving the nutritional and environmental quality of our food. “In order to feed humans well, it is necessary to start by looking after our crops and the health of our animals”. The association brings farmers, companies, doctors, scientists and consumers together. Its presence is now worldwide. It aims:
• To organize animal products networks that incorporate plant sources of Omega 3 (fodder, flax seeds, rapeseed, alfalfa etc.) in their feed.
• To help farmers feed their animals better
• To provide the consumer with food products which have better nutritional value, which respect the earth, the animal, with a widely accessible price

International Association of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences (IAAS)
IAAS brings together students around the world who share similar dreams and ideals in agricultural and related sciences. Its most prominent objectives are:
• Encouraging the interchange of ideas in all fields of education and practices in Agricultural and Related Sciences
• Promoting the co-operation and understanding between students of Agricultural and Related Sciences from all over the world.
• Preparing students to fulfil the challenges of their future work with a practical and global view.
• Encouraging the formation and development of local organisations of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences.
• Organising international meetings, seminars and training periods abroad for students in Agricultural and Related Sciences.
• Promoting sustainable Agriculture, economics and food production in the whole world.
• Promoting a higher education system of high quality, accessible for everyone.

International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF) 
ICRAF, has an ultimate purpose guiding its research. It is to work towards mitigating tropical deforestation, land depletion and rural poverty through improved agroforestry systems. Its goal is to initiate and assist in the generation and dissemination of appropriate agroforestry technologies for resource-poor farmers and other land users. ICRAF concentrates on three tropical agro-ecozones-the humid, the subhumid and the semi-arid.

International Coffee Organization (ICO)
ICO is the main intergovernmental organization for coffee, bringing together exporting and importing Governments to tackle the challenges facing the world coffee sector through international cooperation. Its Member Governments represent 98% of world coffee production and 67% of world consumption.
The ICO’s mission is to strengthen the global coffee sector and promote its sustainable expansion in a market-based environment for the betterment of all participants in the coffee sector.

International Meat Secretariat (IMS)
IMS is a non profit organization that represents the global meat and livestock sector at the international level as a vital motor of growth for the sustainable supply of safe, healthy, high-quality and nutritious animal protein to ensure the sector's contribution as an essential part of a healthy, sustainable diet.
It brings together livestock producer associations, national and regional meat associations, meat exporter associations, meat processing companies, government, and corporate partners from around the world representing over 75% of the global production of cattle, pig, and sheep meat.