A program implemented in 9 countries to create and share value in the host territories.  

Context / issue

In addition to sales on local markets, family farms are rarely able to seize the opportunities offered by companies in various sectors: hotel and catering, cosmetics, agri-food, etc.

The constraints are multiple: irregularity/dispersion of production, low diversity and/or quantity of products, quality problems, lack of competitiveness, informal nature of farms which hardly meet the administrative requirements of companies, etc.

However, many of these companies want to develop environmentally and socio-economically responsible supply chains. This desire is often part of a global “CSR” approach that aims at supporting the socio-economic development of the source territory. It also meets the requirements of certifying bodies and the pressure of a clientele that is increasingly sensitive to “sustainable” consumption patterns (consumption of local products from environment-friendly agriculture). Part of this clientele is also sensitive to the redistribution of added value to the value chains (principle of equity) and to the contribution to local development.

Visuel illustrant le programme DEFI

The DEFI programme: connecting family farms and companies for sustainable value chains  

As a complement to the supply of local markets, Agrisud facilitates the establishment of sustainable and fair business partnerships between family farms in precarious situations and companies.  

This involves promoting connections based on a “win-win” principle and having a positive impact on the territory

A “win-win” principle:

  • family farms in a precarious situation increase their income by improving production and diversifying secure markets;  
  • companies benefit from quality products, traceability, and a positive image with their customers. 

A positive impact on the territory:

  • agroecological production methods are implemented to improve productivity and preserve natural resources;
  • wealth is created and fair redistribution mechanisms are established;
  • the operations’ environmental footprint is reduced;
  • local production methods and products are valued.


Partnership exemples: