FUCOPRI : a Nigerien farmers’ organisation that pioneered access to banking services

FUCOPRI : a Nigerien farmers’ organisation that pioneered access to banking services
N°25

A previous issue of Farming Dynamics presented an ambitious system of integrated services set up by a farmers’ organisation of Niger (FUGPNMooriben) for the benefit of its members. In this issue, we delve back into Niger’s farmer association movement. The Federation of Unions of Rice Producers’ Cooperatives (FUCOPRI), an organisation in the throes of becoming professional, has established an input supply mechanism that ties in bank credit and group marketing, in partnership with state services. This unique experience that has proven very beneficial to producers, which shows that family farms are able to reform is detailed in the second part of the article, after a presentation of the development of rice cultivation in Niger, over the last 70 years, and the establishment of FUCOPRI.

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