European Union

The Member States of the European Union have linked together their know-how, resources and destinies. Together, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. The European Union is committed to sharing its achievements and its values with countries and peoples beyond its borders. The Farmer2Market Project is aligned with the European Union’s programme SWITCH Africa Green (Hyperlink – https://www.switchafricagreen.org/index.php?lang=en). The overall objective of SWITCH Africa Green is to support 6 countries in Africa to achieve sustainable development by engaging in transition towards an inclusive green economy, based on sustainable consumption and production patterns, while generating growth, creating decent jobs and reducing poverty. The objective will be achieved through support to private sector led inclusive green growth.


With over 50 years of facilitating the development of socially responsible, ecologically sound and profitable supply chains and a global footprint across 55 countries, Solidaridad Network is a frontrunner in the area of sustainable economic development. Solidaridad Southern Africa is 1 of 9 Regional Expertise Centres that form part of the Solidaridad Network and is working on being a key leader of the change agenda in the region. Working across 9 countries across the region, with a special focus on 5 primary commodities ( Soy, Sugarcane, Cotton, Fruit and Vegetables, and Livestock), and 4 secondary commodities (Pulses, Rice, Winter grains and Aquaculture) to deliver change that matters in these value chains. The majority of the people living in Southern Africa are reliant on agriculture for their livelihoods and are especially vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change.


Solidaridad focuses on supporting small holder producers to adopt good practices and have access to robust infrastructure and markets. This work ensures that an enabling policy environment is supported to help all market actors to grow sustainable. Solidaridad Southern Africa has a set of cross cutting enablers – impact investment, climate innovation, digital solutions as well as gender and landscape innovation – that encompasses all areas of our work. The organisation aims to harness the collective energies of its various partners towards an agenda of delivering sustainability and inclusivity across the value chains it works in.


The Lima Rural Development Foundation, established in 1989, is a non-governmental and non-profit organisation registered in terms of Section 21 of the Companies Act. Lima provides a sustainable and integrated rural development service to many rural communities through the establishment of appropriate institutions, local economic development and training to empower rural people, particularly women, in their own development efforts, in order to overcome poverty. A major focus is also placed on the transformation of the agricultural sector by striving towards black economic empowerment, implementing farm-worker equity programmes as well as land reform. Lima promotes dignified, sustainable and transformative community growth across South Africa and worldwide. As an organization, we support the simultaneous development of people and livelihoods in resource-scarce contexts, particularly in rural areas. Through well-integrated, field-based interventions, Lima leverages local economic development activities and the establishment of appropriate


institutions to help alleviate poverty and build human capacity. Lima believes that an inclusive development process is critical for impactful and sustainable social transformation in rural and farming communities. Emphasis is placed on incorporating marginalized people, not only into development interventions, but also into the mainstream economy. We foster a collaborative platform for building strategic, multi-sectoral stakeholder partnerships with disadvantaged communities, and in so doing; we aim to advance the long- term empowerment of rural people.


ICCO Cooperation is an international Dutch organization that works towards a world in which people can live in dignity and well – being, a world without poverty and injustice. With a track record of more than 50 years working in development, ICCO partners with enterprising people and organizations across the world to bring innovative and sustainable solutions to poverty and injustice. ICCO’s core values are justice, compassion, and stewardship. 


Today ICCO is a global development enterprise, with both NGO and business

features. The combination of business entities (ICCO Group B.V.) and not-for-profit entities (ICCO Foundation) represents a contemporary model that uses the market system to yield positive social change and environmental outcomes.


ICCO  Cooperation in South Africa is focusing on:


  • Connecting smallholder farmers to commercial value chains to help rural families secure their food and nutrition needs
  •  Promoting climate smart agriculture, preservation of the natural environment and improving the resilience for small emerging farmers to the effects of climate change
  • Supporting skills development of youth in agriculture