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Improving lives by solving problems in agriculture and the environment

Building capacity and developing skills

Building capacity and developing skills

Our goal is to ensure that the people we work with, and for, have the skills, resources and understanding to be able to sustain new initiatives, systems and approaches, both now and in the future.

Our capacity building efforts go well beyond a focus on agricultural research and extension. We strengthen the networks, interactions, and policy and institutional conditions, as well as create the environment from which innovation arises.

Advising on good agricultural practice and market access

Good agricultural practices ensure that safe and healthy food is produced that’s environmentally and socially sustainable. Small scale farmers then need the right information to access the best markets to sell their produce at a good price. We promote integrated solutions to solve these issues.

At the core of our work is a team of highly skilled, highly experienced people – agronomists, training and development experts, supply chain specialists and business consultants, all with local and international experience. 

Training farmers on the best methods for harvesting and processing

To deliver impacts we facilitate, as well as teach and train. This allows farmers, advisers, technicians and policy-makers to explore their own and collective goal performance, enabling them to self-generate more effective ways of working.

Our ability to combine training and facilitation skills with a culturally-sensitive local presence really sets us apart from other development organizations. 

Majida working in her kitchen garden, Pakistan

Majida's story


Agriculture is the mainstay of Pakistan’s economy. Here, you can read about 
Majida Parveen who lives with her father, Meharban Ali, in the uzaffargarh District of the Punjab in Pakistan. 

Improving SPS training and knowledge sharing in cocoa (CocoaSafe)

Cocoa is an important source of income across Southeast Asia. To maintain access to markets, and sustain farmers’ livelihoods and national GDP, all food safety and international SPS (sanitary and phytosanitary) standards must be met. This project is building SPS capacity in the region, to ensure production and trade meets legislation on pesticide... >>

Ensuring Pakistan’s agricultural trade is healthy

Agricultural exports represent Pakistan’s largest source of foreign exchange earnings. The government has recognized the need to strengthen plant and animal health safeguarding systems, to meet the stringent Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) requirements of international trading partners. We are working with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)... >>

Partnership with DPR Korea's Ministry of Agriculture

Agricultural production in DPR Korea is low, resulting in food shortages and the need for international aid. Ensuring food security is a priority for the government. We have helped the newly-established Department of Plant Protection to sustainably improve agricultural production by optimizing its ability to develop and implement plant protection... >>

Sustainable Bamboo Development

This book presents over 40 cases of bamboo development from across 22 major bamboo-industry countries and explores the knowledge gained from their successes and failures. It synthesises experiences and exchanges with country experts from internationa...

Capacity Building for Sustainable Development

Capacity building has been a topic of intense focus in many “core” or industrialized counties. This book explores the theoretical underpinnings of capacity building to sustain the natural resources, cultural resources, and human resources of communit...

Fair Trade and Organic Agriculture: A Winning Combination?

Organic and fair-trade certified commodities catering for niche markets are growing rapidly and potentially offer benefits for small-scale farmers and the society at large. It is vital to assess if it is technically and economically feasible to meet ...