Eight learning case studies about collective action in agriculture are now available for download on Policy and Practice. These were originally produced for the MECIS regional learning event in Serbia in March and served to share experiences and recommendations from GEM and EDP projects in the region.

Click on the country names to go straight to the paper:

§ The pro-poor berry value chains case study from Bosnia and Herzegovina presents an interesting model for encouraging smallholder and private sector engagement.

§ The Azerbaijan case study suggests ways to develop strawberry and onion value chains by developing links between the farmer group and the other influential market players.

§ The Palestinian Olive Oil case study discusses how they've improved input supply systems for producers in the West Bank.

§ The Gaza Strip case-study suggests that humanitarian aid interventions should be complimented by longer-term economic recovery approaches.

§ The Georgian case study explains how they brought together informal groups of small holder farmers into co-operatives. 

§ The Armenian model advocates for the inclusion of women within market systems.

§ The Tajikistan case study shares learning on how they've improved access to agricultural extension services such as irrigation, inputs and machinery for smallholders.

§ The Nepal case study shows how they've coupled market access with action to ensure that rural women have greater awareness of their rights and entitlements, and that these are recognized by rural authorities.

Shekhar Anand (Regional Livelihood Development Lead in MECIS) and Audrey Lejeune (Programme Learning Officer) have written a blog to promote and socialise the papers. You can read this here: http://policy-practice.oxfam.org.uk/blog/2015/08/towards-economic-e...

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