The Empowering Smallholder Farmers in Markets (ESFIM) program was a collaborative research project to support national farmers' organizations to use evidence in their advocacy processes. The program utilized participatory research methodologies.
Problems and Purpose
Empowering Smallholder Farmers in Markets (ESFIM) was a participatory research project aimed at supporting smallholder farmers in using evidence in their advocacy efforts. The ultimate aim was to
strengthen their capacities to formulate feasible, evidence-based propositions for changes in key elements in the institutional environment that empower smallholder farmers in markets .
Background History and Context
Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities
Participant Recruitment and Selection
Methods and Tools Used
What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation
Through the program, farmers identified their advocacy objectives, set up an action plan, and gained access to local experts to analyze key issues and strengthen the evidence base of their proposals. These processes were carried out in a collaborative and participatory way with the members of the farmers' organizations.
A detailed case entry of ESFIM's work in Bolivia is documented on Participedia here.
Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
Analysis and Lessons Learned
The first submission of this Participedia entry was adapted from a research project by the Institute of Development Studies, 'Linking Participation and Economic Advancement’ licensed and reproduced under Creative Commons (CC BY 3.0). Original source: https://www.eldis.org/keyissues/mapping-participation-economic-advancement