About the course
Engagement with the private sector has become increasingly more important to Danish NGOs - in Denmark and in the Global South. Rather than simply acting as a new source of funding, NGOs recognize the critical importance of engaging markets as part of development strategies to ensure the sustainability of their project outcomes. The private sector has the capacity to improve it's relationships with small-scale farmers through buying produce from or selling inputs to the small-scale farmers in a way that ultimately benefits the farmers and the communities in which they live. Drawing on their vast on-the-ground knowledge, NGOs can support these businesses in improving relationships with small-scale farmers through win-win business strategies.
The aim of this course is to provide support to Danish NGOs and private sector companies with the tools and concrete activities to enable, initiate and broaden inclusive market development. The course provides guidance on working successfully in agricultural markets and value chains in the Global South.
This course is divided into 7 modules and it is recommended, but not mandatory, to take them in the order in which they're listed. The course includes some optional exercises that will supplement your training. Completing the exercises will give you the opportunity to work with the topics and tools presented in the modules, and hence bring you a step closer to the successful implementation of market development in your agricultural projects.