Practical, flexible development models that address the needs of rural communities and markets while achieving conservation goals
HRF focuses on linking market demand to community needs by providing specialist inputs in market analysis, capacity building, community development, education, resource assessment, conservation, sustainable harvesting, participatory planning and policy interventions. The key to our success is choosing the right product mix (based on demand, biology/ecology, production system and infrastructure) and developing strong, sound relations with reputable buyers.
The HRF development model builds capacity for commercialization by striking a balance between market demand, local capacity and community needs. Particular strengths of the model include:
While the approach is market-orientated, the best interests of the grower guide the process of product selection and entry into the market. The overall aim is to minimize the risks to the growers involved in commercialization. HRF works towards this by a number of different means, including capacity building, access to market information, market links, and others.
Examples of our recent work:
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