BOND develops a participatory methodology between stakeholders (farmers, academia, policy-makers, CSOs, businesses, environmentalists, consumers, etc.) who were committed and connected, which allows them to undertake a self-analysis of attitudes, constraints and weaknesses, which will be the basis for developing the capacity-building tools and methods that can better respond to their needs and aspirations.

The participatory approach will allow the farmer organizations to lead a process of economic and social change within their organization and in the region or in the sector in which they operate. A step-wise approach will be followed:

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the self-evaluation of organizational performance including the identification of technical weaknesses

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the development of a shared vision for the future

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the choice of possible solutions and the definition of strategies and action plans allowing the implementation of the shared vision

On the basis of the outcome of this self-evaluation, visioning and action plan, the project partners and targeted organizations will make a joint review of the tools and methods that already exist (UN, academia, CSOs, other stakeholders)  and build and adapt new ones as deemed necessary and relevant to respond to the needs and aspirations of the main beneficiaries, in particular with regards to strengthening governance, management, leadership and  coordinated action amongst different groups, with a view to higher levels of integration and action.

Having a clearer perspective of potentialities (solutions) and constraints (attitudes, impediments) and having acquired new skills and the ability to rethink local opportunities and the way they can be re-patterned locally, the stakeholders will meet in 10 National Workshops.

During the months of December 2018 and January 2019, BOND project is developing different workshops in 8 different countries, in order to deepen on the barriers and difficulties that farmers encounter when they try to organize themselves to achieve collective goals.
Through participatory techniques, farmers and farmers’ organizations technicians are discussing and identifying the barriers and difficulties for collective action, as well as those potentialities presented in their territories. The aim is to help the desining of effective action plans that will help and reinforce collective action initiatives in each territory.

The main barriers identified are related to four main issues:

Four main results:

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