During my visit to Kapchorwa Commercial Farmers' Association three things struck me: the power of their dream, their commitment to improve and their strong sense of group. By Miguel Garcia, Trade and Markets Director, Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture.
This was my first encounter with Africa and I was amazed by the strength of people in this wonderful country, despite the hardships of life. During my visit to Kapchorwa Commercial Farmers’ Association three things struck me: the power of their dream, their commitment to improve and their strong sense of group. These, I believe, are important aspects to consider when thinking about replicating the P4P experiences or any other agricultural development projects.
After spending the day with the organization, it realized how much of their success came from their ability to turn a dream into a reality, one day at a time. They believed that they could move out of poverty by increasing agricultural production in an organized fashion. This allowed them to take advantage of the resources available to them. My first lesson of the day was that people need realistic dreams.
They also showed a relentless desire to continue improving their organization, their farming and their production. Finally, the group always talked as a “we”, showing that the interests of the organization were above individual interests. They strive for common good.
Probably none of this would have been achieved without strong leadership. I would only caution the organization regarding their growth and the implication it could have for their membership as well as for their financial commitments.