1) Cooperative re-sourcing
• Collective buying of fertilizers, seeds, pesticides (fungicides, insecticides, herbicides).
• Collective and ownership.
• Collective marketing and development Management.
• Action/business planning.
2) Scholarship Fund
• In house training and education.
• External advisors and professionals.
• Sponsoring academic Excellence.
• Modern information and communication Technology.
3) Micro finance
• Financing Members personal initiatives.
• Financing outreach and extension programs.
• Supporting market initiatives.
4) Food security
• Increase and diversify agricultural production.
• Help farmers manage their resources more sustainability.
• Help small-scale farmers and the poor benefit from value chains.
• Qualification of agricultural laborers.
• Health and quality of life.
5) Knowledge & Resource base
• Co-operative purchasing and marketing.
• Scholarship and education Fund.
• Capacity building.
• Extension method and training of trainers in agriculture.
6) Communal Farm
• Training and teaching in animal husbandry.
• Trailing new crops/new techniques, innovation in sustainable agriculture and the activation of value chains.
• Income generation and employment opportunities.
• External advisors and experts.
• Agro forestry.
7) Agricultural Diversification
Encouraging farmers to adopt other agricultural practices like:
• Market gardening and Horticulture.
• Animal husbandry etc.
8) Training and skills exchange
Active engagement in workshops, study visits, technical training, archiving and publication of results, outreach to stakeholders and policy-makers, and linkages with related ongoing initiatives in the agricultural domain.
9) The four three fold structure
Our strength lies in our sound management and organizational structures. Structures and programs designed to prevent reliance on external events, advisors or organizations and instead maintain and reinforce the organizations internal independence.
The community farm of IRCCA has been developed using communal land donated by the traditional authorities. IRCCA is using this land to try new crops and techniques, train farmers and as a hub for external advisors and experts.
The core strength of IRCCA lies in the communities it is serving; its knowledge and resource base are the heart of the organization. This knowledge base occupies a central position in the organization’s structure. Beneath and protected by this heart are IRCCA’s principle areas of interests; its members and the community, the people that the program matters most to them.
The micro-finance initiative has similarly been designed to help IRCCA’s members to excel and progress with both internal scholarship and project funds. IRCCA’s programs, whilst capable of benefiting greatly from external sponsorship, are not dependent on successfully finding outside funding.
The Fourth Way: A grass roots initiative IRCCA, its core values and operations are all independent of external advisers or sponsors. Whilst IRCCA needs and wants these people to help it progress it is in an enviable position where its self creation and independence permits it to economically exploit sponsors and advisers and to integrate often highly specialized professionals easily into its structure.