A Union Of More Than Half A Million Farmers....

Buying Together - Selling Together

About FADU

The Farmers Development Union (FADU), an NGO, is a membership organization of rural African farmers numbering over half a million members. Since inception in 1989, FADU has created structures and program activities to improve members’ living standards.

FADU has succeeded as an organization in helping self development among members, and provided help to its members with microfinance, good technical support, training and marketing support services, agricultural practices and self management.

Some FADU Activities

Since it ' s formation in 1989, FADU has:

  • Mobilized, trained and technically and financially assisted about 50,000 producer groups (called societies)
  • Built a very strong self-managed and self-financed grassroots institutional formations (referred to in its own terms as Groups, Societies, Districts and Zones) which have become bases for FADU ' s savings and credit scheme, agricultural projects, rural health, environment and literacy awareness that are facilitated by FADU.
  • Disseminated (through its credit scheme, training and technical assistance) low cost, locally fabricated and adapted medium scale technologies for micro-producers
  • Consistently demonstrated commitment to fostering partnerships to fight hunger and poverty
  • Management And Staff

    FADU has a permanent core of Staff, who combine extensive experience designing and managing development programs with background in agriculture, business, finance, community development, rural sociology and food technology. FADU has 346 program employees, consultants and volunteers. FADU can access expertise in other areas

    FADU is ably led by Mr Victor Olowe, a former senior banker with considerable experience. FADU is currently embarking on a Digitalized Trade Programme for the benefit of its members, a programme being co-ordinated by Mr Johnson Osho, who is the FADU IMS Manager.

    Online Crops Marketplace

    A an Online Crops Marketplace, is part of the Trade Digitalization detailed above. This is expected to be fully operational in the second half of 2021. Features of the upcoming Crops Exchange include those as detailed below

  • Access to Online Face To Face Meetings with Crops Buyers
  • Online Face To Face Meetings with Inputs Suppliers
  • Access to and the ability to feature Trade Catalogues of Suppliers
  • Access to An Online Blockchain Facilitated Crops and Inputs Marketplace, allowing for much faster, easier and secure cross border trade and payment, and allowing FADU Members to buy and sell together

    The Farmers Development Union (FADU), is an apex union of the organized rural micro-producers’ associations of small farmers, other agricultural producers, food processors, traders etc.. The aim for the Union was to have an organization that can link, service and represent the interest of these rural micro-entrepreneurs to gain the skill, knowledge, organization and assets that they need to have stable employment and income.

    The Union, at the creation, has the mandate for:

  • Membership mobilization, organization and consolidation
  • Strengthening technical, managerial and financial capacities of members
  • Micro-finance system promotion among members
  • Input supply for member-rural producers
  • Marketing of members’ products

    The FADU Membership is 524,000. The membership is organized into 104,494 groups (of five people each), 52397 Societies (each made up of two groups), 3,618 Districts (containing at least ten Societies each) and 754 grassroots zones.

    The group ensures discipline among its members of five, while the society links FADU for financial service to the members. The District performs overseeing role, screening and guaranteeing societies for eligibility for FADU loans. The grassroots zones provide platform for knowledge and experience sharing among Districts. The apex Union (FADU) provides technical support and financial services to all the formations within the grassroots structure.

    Women represent 83% of the entire membership and about 90% of beneficiaries of FADU’s developmental interventions. 98% of the members are rural. They are organized into four levels of formations, as described, to facilitate developmental outreach and self-development initiatives. FADU gives primacy to members’ organization because this provides the foundation for system building and social capital development which are at the core of sustainability.

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