Producer organization development
A 3-Pillar Approach to Developing Strong Producer Organizations
The SHIFT Producer Group Development methodology relies on a market-driven phased approach that focuses on responsible and sustainable investments in producer groups and in communities. SHIFT views producer organizational capacity building as a function of three separate, but inter-related pillars.
Through the integration of Socio-Ecological Resilience, Women’s Empowerment and Innovation/Technology initiatives, the SHIFT Producer Group Development Platform will support the creation of producer organizations and a DRC coffee sector that is poised to provide a vibrant future for the next generation of Congolese farmers.
Producer organizations in remote and isolated communities lack the resources to invest in inputs, equipment, and infrastructure necessary to improve the quality of their coffee and cocoa. Through investments in inputs, equipment and coffee processing infrastructure, producers will be able to access the resources they need to increase volume and quality of crops and productivity, while also increasing community resilience.