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Kazakhstan Second Agricultural Post-Privatisation Project

Strengthening business skills and resource networks for 18,000 farmers


YEARS

2012

CLIENT DESCRIPTION

The World Bank partnered with the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan

CLIENT'S OBJECTIVE

Assist farmers by strengthening their business skills and increasing the availability of high-quality business support services.

Results

BUSINESS RESULTS

120 workshops were delivered by local consultants, which a total of 18,246 farmers attended.

Of the farmers attending the workshops, about 11,800 (65%) worked directly with local consultants to develop their skills in business planning, tax and legal obligations, and their access to finance.

4,965 new business plans were developed by farmers who received advisory services from the local consultants.

SOCIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL OUTCOMES:

600 local consultants are now equipped to continue to advise farmers in rural Kazakhstan as a result of Enclude’s train-the-trainer programs.

Activities

Developed training materials to provide farmers with the skills to manage their businesses effectively.

Recruited and trained 60 trainers to conduct courses on key aspects of agricultural business management–including business planning, financial products, legal practices and tax obligations–for 600 local consultants responsible for transferring skills to farmers.

Organised training for farmers by local consultants through a series of 120 workshops.

LEARNINGS

The farmers’ positive responses demonstrated their desire to strengthen their skills in business development, financial literacy, tax obligations and legal structuring — all of which are important to establishing credit-readiness. Training a network of local consultants proved to be the most cost-efficient and effective means of reaching smallholder farmers. The “training of trainers” approach, combined with efforts to build relationships between trainers and farmers, established a knowledge network whose impacts will extend far beyond this project.


Kazakhstan