On the 22nd and 23rd of September 2021, we held our very first Better Life Farming (BLF) All Partners Event. Global and local partners, as well as Agri-Entrepreneurs from all Better Life Farming countries came together to share their best practices and plans for the future growth of the alliance.
In 2016 the vision was formed to build a platform which ensures the last mile delivery through partnerships to smallholder farmers in rural areas. Only 2 years later the Better Life Farming Alliance was founded with its global partners Bayer, Netafim and the International Finance Cooperation (IFC). It started in India with only 20 farmers and some partners like Yara, Netafim, Bayer and IFC – in 2021 the Alliance can proudly share it grew to a partnership platform that ranges along the full agri-value-chain including finance and market linkage partners as well as NGO and strong government support. In the currently 3 active countries in India, Bangladesh and Indonesia the Better-Life-Farming centers and its agri-entrepreneurs reach over 400,000 farmers with almost 30 partners wanting to reach the same goal: Unlocking smallholder farmer’s potential and improving their livelihoods.
In the third year of the alliance, the first ever BLF All Partners‘ Meeting took place virtually on September 22-23, 2021. Elzandi Oosthuizen, Regional Marketing Head for the Asia-Pacific region at Bayer, led through the two-day event to discuss the experiences and best practices for smallholder enablement from 13 partner organizations. In addition, the alliance partners were joined by agri-entrepreneurs from India, Indonesia and Bangladesh, who run Better Life Farming Centers in local villages.
By sharing insights from their daily lives at the center, and their interactions with smallholder farmers in presentations and panel discussions, they were able to draw local and global partners‘ attention to the strengths and further opportunities of the ecosystem approach today and in the future. Kalyani Singh, a BLF-Center Owner in India, reported that she found new ways to sell agricultural input products in her village by connecting with women farmer. She also underlined the importance of BLF’s gender-smart practices trainings to support the standing female farmers in their communities: “The whole journey with BLF supports the dreams of women farmers! I am proud of the partners and what we reached”.
But there‘s more success to be reported upon, be it the enormous positive business impact on the side of local agri-entrepreneurs who see their center sales increase, the financial emancipation and literary offered through the training, banking and loan services of partner institutions, significant advancements in sustainable and Good Agricultural Practices (G.A.P.), including responsible water management, as well as the initial use of modern digital technologies that can further advance rural smallholder farming. BLF is here to grow, both in terms of locations and reach, as well as the products and services it seeks to make available to rural farming communities.
Interested in becoming a partner?
We‘re always open to welcome new partners to the Alliance, be it local and global organizations interested in rural development, agri-consultants, agri-entrepreneurs and those that are interested in becoming one. Get in touch and contact us at email@example.com, we look forward to hearing from you!