Project Name Grass-roots Entrepreneurship and Capacity Building of Cooperatives and CTCF (Forth Phase )
Supporting Organization
Agriterra Netherlands
Year
January - June 2015

1.    Program Goal and Objectives

The overall goal is to contribute in sustained rural poverty reduction of smallholder tea farmers by increasing their income, and equally empower small farmer based organisations to provide better technical and management services.  

In this phase, Agriterra’s support will be focused on capacity building, business promotion, lobby & advocacy, and regular supervision and monitoring of district federations, cooperatives, and tea farmers. Specific objectives are as follows.

  1. Entrepreneurship and organizational strengthening of primary cooperatives and its members
  2. Support Small Tea Processing Units (STPUs) in access to markets, and enterprise development
  3. Lobby and advocacy works on various tea related issues faced by the tea farmers and cooperatives.
  4. Financial management and monitoring and supervision supports to all tea stakeholders.

Program will be implemented by mobilizing District Tea Cooperative Federation (DTCF) and cooperatives. There will be additional experts both technical and marketing, and close backstopping coaching by Program Manager and Cooperative Facilitators.

2.    Expected Result, Output and Activities
The program activities will focus on following results

  1. Additional 10% of cooperatives will be able to generate resources on their own and sustain in a long run.
  2. Additional 5 % of STPUs will be capable to produce quality tea as per the tea standard and managed to sell in the competitive market.
  3. There will be improvements in quality of green leaves produced by tea farmers. Additional 5% of the tea farmers will adopt IPM or organic tea farming technology.
  4. Government and other stakeholders will be positive towards tea sector and there will be more investments to promote this sector. Some level of changes will be visibly seen in three key areas.
  5. Updated database on key tea indicators (production, sales, exports, number of farmers/cooperatives, etc.)

 

In four major outputs, the following activities will be implemented and the details of each activity are briefly summarized below. 

 

Output 1: Entrepreneurship and organizational strengthening of primary cooperatives and its members

  1. Conduct ToT on “my.coop” module 3 & 4 for 20 participants those who have already received training on module 1 & 2. After receiving this training they will further conduct trainings on module 3 and 4 through CFS approach)
  2. Conduct full fledged training on “my.coop” module 3 and 4 for 6 cooperatives through Cooperative Field School (CFS) approach for 20 participants of each cooperative. ( which cooperatives were already complete module 1 and 2  in 2014 . 20 hours course , 4 hours  each day 2 class , 2.5 month a durations )
  3. Conduct one day cooperative awareness training based on    \\\\\\\"my.coop\\\\\\\" module 1 & 2 for 5 weaker and young cooperatives.
  4. Prepare Curriculum and reading books of ‘MY.Coop’ module 3 and 4.
  5. Conduct five days ToT on business plan for 20 participants from DTCFs, BoDs, internal committee members of CTCF, potential primary cooperatives, and CFs.
  6. Business plan training for 5 new member cooperatives by potential own human resources who got the ToT business plan. Expert will be hired for 2 or 3 days for finalization of the overall documents.
  7. Support cooperatives in preparing project proposals
  8. Coaching cooperatives in account keeping
  9. Publication of newsletter
  10. 10. Review of the ranking system of cooperative

 

Output 2: Support Small Tea Processing Units (STPUs) in access to markets, and enterprise development

  1. Market promotion and business linkages with national and international cooperatives
  2. Quality improvements and skill development supports to STPUs by conducting 5 days training (coaching types) to the tea technician of processing cooperatives to make speciality tea.

 

Output 3: Lobby and advocacy works on various tea related issues faced by the tea farmers and cooperatives.

Lobby and advocacy key areas:

  1. Amendment in favourable tea policy
  2. Soft loan
  3. Subsidy and grants on organic certification, organic inputs, crop insurance.
  4. Auction market centre
  5. Market promotion of made tea
  6. Interactions program with national level stakeholders  (remaining program 2014 )
  7. Green leaf purchasing agreement with cooperatives and factories
  8. Celebration of 18th National tea day

 

Output 4: Financial management and monitoring and supervision supports to all tea stakeholders.

  1. Coaching and monitoring of activities through focal group and peer monitoring by members
  2. Regular updates on information of cooperatives progress
  3. Supervision and monitoring visits
  4. Coaching on operate PEARL monitoring software.

Update CTCF website.  

3.    Advisory services by Agriterra

  1. FACT Training to the board members of CTCF and DTCFs -- FACT approach has been effective and practical. So, CTCF wants to extend training to its members and staffs of CTCF, and members of DTCFs.
  2. Support in designing farmer led and affordable extension or advisory services programme (3 days workshop).
  3. Training lead farmers and CTCF staffs on record keeping and bench marking. This will help in lobbying for better prices and support farmers in record keeping, first at the household level and also cooperative level. Farmers and cooperatives do not know the actual cost of production of green leaf. So, it is difficult to bargain with the processing factory to determine the green leaf price.
  4. Support to prepare domestic marketing strategy and operational plan of Santinagar tea Shop located at New Baneshwor, Kathmandu.