Fellow Since 1996
Agricultural Development Facilitators(ADF)
This profile was prepared when Clive Nicholson was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1996.
The New Idea
Clive believes that the basis of economic growth is people, and that people are the key factor in realizing agricultural potential. Agricultural and rural development should, therefore, focus on the entrepreneurial skills and ambitions of smaller scale farmers. Their efforts to produce food and to provide employment opportunities for other local people can multiply through creative support mechanisms. To this end, Clive Nicholson has designed Farmer Support Centers based on his "agrilink" concept. Because Farmer Support Centers are run in collaboration with the farmers themselves, they are more focused than services offered by large-scale commercial agencies or the public sector. The Farmer Support Centers stimulate and strengthen the agricultural economy by redressing the agricultural service, supply, and support and marketing imbalances of the past. In essence, they act as a point of connection between organized groups of local farmers and the resources these farmers require to succeed.