Who We Are
We are an Alliance of practitioners, researchers and development workers from the academe, government agencies, research institutions, civil society organizations, non-government organizations, private sector, among others involved in promoting and implementing pro-poor livelihood initiatives. As organizations, institutions and individuals, we have a wide range of experiences in pro-poor agriculture value chains and delivering agricultural financial services.
We are bound by our common desire to share and learn from each other’s best practices, models, strategies and experiences gained from long years of implementing livelihoods projects. It is our common belief that by scaling up best practices and models, we will be able to reach out millions of resource poor farmers and producers worldwide. We also look at other successful experiences and lessons that can be replicated locally and internationally.
What We Do
Through our sub-regional learning clusters and learning platforms, we generate, document, promote, and disseminate lessons learned and best practices on pro-poor agriculture value chains and financial services. Our aim is to reach millions of farmers and rural producers all over the word in order to reduce poverty, inspired by our common vision: “Graduating Millions from Poverty.”
How The Alliance Evolved
The Global Learning Alliance was established in May 2013. It was one of the key results under the project, “Building a Global Learning Alliance and Networks for Scaling up Successful Research and Development Activities to Advance Livelihoods Promotion” funded by the Ford Foundation and led by the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR).
The project envisions creating a Global Learning Alliance of livelihood practitioners that would facilitate knowledge development and policy influencing in Southern countries on Pro-poor Value Chains. The idea of creating a Learning Alliance around pro-poor value chains arise from the experiences of various organizations across the world that have had the benefits of linking small rural producers to the markets through well-functioning value chains. The economies of the developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America have experienced phenomenal rates of growth in the recent past, but unfortunately the poor and rural people have been excluded from benefiting from this growth. In spite of being sole producers of many goods and services that are in demand in cities, these producers do not gain from the increased purchasing power in the cities primarily because of their access to these markets.
There exists today numerous success stories in many of these nations where concerted efforts by Civil Society Organizations, government departments, the bi-laterals and multi-laterals, and the corporate sector, which have resulted in successfully linking small producers to markets and enhancing household incomes sustainably. These projects have invested systematically in organizing small producers into producer organizations, creating sustainable linkages with financial and other resource institutions, and building systems and processes for building a market presence. These experiences need to be scaled up and taken to more locations and countries. Thus the need for a learning alliance of practitioners who can learn from each other and try to recreate the success stories in their own respective contexts.