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