Finnish Agri-agency for Food and Forest Development
The Finnish Agri-Agency, FFD, was founded in 2012 by four organisations: MTK (Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners), SLC (Central union of Swedish-speaking agricultural producers in Finland), the Association of ProAgria Centres and Pellervo-Seura (Confederation of Finnish cooperatives), which are well-established Finnish organisations working in the field of agriculture and forestry. FFD was approved as a full member of AgriCord in May 2013.
The aim of Agri-Agency is to contribute to development of lives and livelihoods in developing countries and to promote development cooperation. Means to carry this out can include expert services, communication, extension, training for developing country organisations and participation on development cooperation projects. FFD is a non-profit organisation.
Despite of being young, FFD inherited the already on-going twinning projects from MTK which have been initiated with AgriCord within the “Farmers Fighting Poverty” Programme. The present project portfolio includes projects in Ethiopia, Nepal, Tanzania, Vietnam and Zambia in the field of agriculture, fisheries and forestry drawing from the rich experience of our members. There are new projects in the pipeline in Nicaragua and Mexico which are expected to be launched in 2014.
FFD, Finnish Agri-agency for Food and Forest Development c/o MTK
Simonkatu 6, PO.Box 510, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
Phone: +358-40-159 5667
Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners
The Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK) represents an industry whose livelihood is based on renewable natural resources and their use in a sustainable and economical way. MTK takes care of various interests and living conditions of farmers, forest owners, rural entrepreneurs and rural people. It has 156 .000 members who are able to get in touch with a local producer association in nearly every town and municipality.
MTK, Simonkatu 6, PO.Box 510, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
Phone: +358-20-4131 - www.mtk.fi
SLC, Central union of Swedish-speaking agricultural producers
Central union of Swedish-speaking agricultural producers in Finland (SLC) has approximately 13 000 members, which are located along the southern and western coast of Finland including Åland islands. SLC work side by side with its sister organissation MTK, to promote basic production and agriculture in cooperation with consumers for the benefit of Finnish food and employment. There are 4 provincial SLC unions for general management, information and training.
SLC, Fredriksgatan 61 A 34, 00100 Helsingfors, Finland
Phone : +358 9 586 0460 - www.slc.fi
Pellervo, the Confederation of Finnish cooperatives was founded in 1899 and has today almost 4 million member-ships (the population of Finland is 5.3 million persons) making Finland one of the leading countries in cooperative development. The cooperative groups are most often market leaders in their respective fields. Pellervo’s main tasks include: providing services for Finnish cooperatives, acting as forum for cooperative activities, collecting together expertise, developing cooperatives and promoting its members’ interests at national/international levels.
Simonkatu 6, PL 77, 00101 Helsinki
Phone : +358 09 47 67 501 - www.pellervo.fi
The Association of ProAgria Centres together with 11 regional ProAgria Centres is the leading provider of agricultural advisory and consultation services for farms and rural SME’s in Finland. ProAgria’s services cater to all sectors of agriculture with services ranging from production related advisory services to enterprise management consultation and knowledge management services. ProAgria Group (ProAgria Centres, Swedish speaking advisory service, Faba animal breeding services, Valio Farm Services) is the leading advisory, animal breeding and IT-service provider for agriculture in Finland. Originally founded in 1797 by farmers, ProAgria remains an association based on non-governmental organisation with a membership base of 93 000 members.
Urheilutie 6, PL 251, 01301 Vantaa, Finland
Phone: +358 20 7472 400 - www.proagria.fi
MTK, SLC and Pellervo joint representation in Brussels:
Rue de Tréves 61, 1040 Brussels - Phone: +32 2 2854 810