Enhancing Development through Cooperatives

Rural Leadership and Agribusiness Management for Africa


EDC is a network of Africa-based researchers, trainers and consultants committed to develop a new generation of farmer-owned enterprises. EDC offers research-driven training and consulting for governing, managing and leading agricultural cooperatives in Africa.


  • Change Management - to lead the rise of a new generation of agricultural cooperatives
  • Capture Management - to create added-value for cooperatives of rural smallholders
  • Data Management - to improve transparency/accountability in cooperative governance



EDC was launched in 2013 and since then it has been supported by the University of Missouri, EU and CTA, USAID and OCDC, IFC, Ford Foundation and OXFAM, CIAT and IFPRI, GIZ, FAO, NCBA-CLUSA, Land O'Lakes International, USADF and Global Communities.

  • 600 leaders/managers of agricultural cooperatives trained over 6 countries
  • Consulting services to 23 agricultural cooperatives over 6 countries
  • Success stories: (pdf) (online)
  • Impact evaluation