NCBA CLUSA’s Farmer-to-Farmer program increased market access of agriculture cooperatives in El Salvador, specifically those cooperatives that produce organic tropical projects, for which there is a rapidly growing demand in the United States. The program facilitated increased income and development for 281 small holder farmer members of participating cooperatives, 44% of which are women. The program achieved the objective through helping cooperatives in El Salvador understand what products are in demand by US cooperative grocery retailers and the product requirements for export to the United States. Cooperatives received technical assistance to address identified issues with accessing these markets and established direct contacts with staff from retail food cooperatives, as well as international suppliers supplying the US food cooperative sector.
- Country: El Salvador
- VEGA Lead Member: NCBA CLUSA
- Objective: To increase agriculture cooperatives' market access, improve cooperative governance and post-harvest processing.
- Timeline: 3/14-3/15