Agribusiness Leadership Program

Adapting agriculture for a changing world

A growing global population, changing diets, and shared imperatives for sustainability – to meet these challenges agribusinesses need to become more efficient, productive, and professional than ever.

IFC’s Agribusiness Leadership Program (ALP) helps by giving clients the training and coaching they need to improve their operations, access new markets and financing, and do more for the communities and smallholder farmers in their supply chains.

Featuring a rigorous assessment, training, and coaching program to professionalize farmers and employees throughout a company’s operations, ALP has helped thousands of clients and farmer organizations positively transform their businesses.


We help smallholder farmers and producer organizations professionalize their operations and create successful, sustainable commercial enterprises. Providing skills that help farmers manage their businesses more effectively and make more informed decisions in the market, our program gives smallholder farmer organizations the tools they need to thrive.

Who benefits from ALP?

ALP clients range from informal producer groups to large cooperatives, from smallholders and last mile retailers to agri-entrepreneurs. They include:

ALP’s global reach


        Smallholder farmers






        Leaders of farmer organizations


        Producer organizations


        Value chains

What problems do we help clients solve?

ALP holistically addresses key challenges related to enhancing sustainability, efficiency, and accessibility within the supply chains of IFC clients. This is accomplished through: 

  • Improving cost efficiencies while sourcing food locally and sustainably
  • Boosting the accessibility and affordability of quality inputs for farmers
  • Achieving greater efficiency, safety, and transparency in supply chains
  • Reduction of environmental impacts and compliance with sustainability standards
  • Reducing gender inequities and by empowering female farmers and workers

What topics are covered? 

ALP offers range of curricula and courses to meet the needs of the diverse agribusinesses we work with:

For producer organizations

Foundations of cooperative management

Basics of cooperative management

Advanced cooperative management

For farmers

Cooperative spirit

Farming as a business

Working with family

Managing your money

Financial literacy

Strengthening your financial skills

Gender-specific content

Gender awareness


Financial literacy for low-literacy learners

Group management

For agri-enterprises

Last Mile Retailer (AMR)

Business management for model farmers/agents

Advanced cooperative management

For ALP trainers and facilitators

Facilitation and working with adult learners

Fundamentals of ALP coaching

How ALP works 

ALP uses assessment, training, coaching, and reassessment to strengthen the operations of clients who rely on smallholder supply chains.

By working with clients to design a tailored capacity-building, ALP prepares famers, employees, and leaders of agribusinesses to meet the expectations of customers, suppliers, lenders, and other market players. 

In a typical ALP project, our project team conducts a baseline assessment of the agribusiness, and then designs a capacity-building program tailored to learners’ needs, assessment scores, sector, and education levels. Capacity building usually involves a combination of in-person training, coaching, and digital learning opportunities. At the end of the project, agribusinesses are reassessed using the same assessment tool. 

ALP’s blended learning approach

Since its launch in 2016, ALP has evolved from a face-to-face capacity-building program into a blended learning program, combining in-person training and coaching with opportunities for digital learning. Digital learning reinforces what is learned in person and promotes long-term remembering and application of learning. The project team will integrate digital learning where learner skill levels and technology access allow. ALP’s digital readiness survey provides insights into what is possible for a specific project.

ALP digital learning is organized into 8 learning paths:

Learning paths on Microsoft Community Training
  1. Fundamentals of cooperatives
  2. Bookkeeping essentials
  3. Fundamentals of retail management
  4. Internal management
  5. Finance and accounting
  6. Growing your business
  7. Business sustainability
  8. Producer organization (PO) essentials

Each learning path consists of digital content in multiple formats, including videos, infographics, self-assessments, interactive slides, quizzes, and more.

Digital learning is available to IFC clients through Microsoft Community Training (MCT). It is available to anyone through the ALP channel on the World Bank’s Open Learning Campus. Depending on the project, digital learning is also available through the ALP chatbot. Developed in partnership with Microsoft, the chatbot is a customizable messaging-based system that delivers information to farmers using USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data), SMS (Short Messaging Service), WhatsApp, and Telegram.

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