Commercial Village Model

A 12- Year tested, implemented and upgraded innovative business Model for value chain analysis smallholder commercialization, food security, aggregation & market access. The model, developed and upgraded by FCI over more than a decade, is a multi-value chain innovative smallholder commercialization and aggregation business model for market access. The implementation approach also includes a socioeconomic concept that delivers to the last mile. The model has experientially been applied in 8 Countries with 132 partners. It is currently being rolled out across Africa for scale-up in multiple impact investment and development initiatives.

The model has further generated statistical evidence on smallholder commercialization and market access proving its efficacy for high impact; its capacity to transform high numbers of smallholders; deliver enterprise profitability and stabilize incomes. By 2030; catalyzed scale-up of the Commercial Village Model targets to reach 100 million smallholder farmers and agro- pastoralists in Africa for sustainable agricultural development through profitable commercialization and market access. To accomplish this goal, FCI seeks to expand partnerships with social investors, governments, private sector, farmer organizations and development agencies focused on driving inclusive growth in Africa.


The Commercial Villages Model (CVM) is a hybrid model through which typical social administrative villages are designed and systematically graduated into commercialized competitive market-led agricultural production units. It is supported by a business incubation and graduation pathway that is efficiently organized to evolve social administrative villages into commercial villages that meet the modern markets quantity and quality (Q&Q) requirements through bulking and quality assurance.

Commercial Villages are developed to meet these market demands competitively, efficiently and sustainably. The CVM does not replace existing farmer systems but has been designed to integrate and upgrade existing systems. Various development organizations, private sector and Governments have adopted the Commercial Villages Model.

Commercial Villages usually incorporate 100 – 250 households depending on land sizes and the commodities traded. The Commercial Village (CV) is made up of smaller groups known as the commercial producer groups (CPG) made up of 20 to 30 households. Therefore one commercial village can incorporate 5 to 10 CPGs.

These groups have a leadership and governance structure that evokes participation from the CPG level to the CV level. The leadership and committees enable the village to wholesomely incorporate various aspects in the departments namely; Production and Natural Resources Management (NRM), Finance, Micro Insurance & Investments, Marketing & Value Addition, Village Social Capital and Youth Integration. Two (2) representatives are drawn from each CPG to form the CV leadership that way every farmer is adequately represented.

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FCI VISION : To have commercialized smallholder communities with increased incomes for improved, stabilized & sustainable livelihoods in Africa and beyond