HORIZONT3000 started to work with the ERI approach in 2009 in projects with the implementing partner organizations YARD in Uganda, ACT Mara in Tanzania and DECECE in Kenya (see also Projects). As the need for practical materials to facilitate ERI training was identified, HORIZONT3000 in cooperation with Trias Uganda developed a simple hands-on manual for ERI facilitators and visual training materials that helped scale out the ERI approach within their networks in 2011. After its completion, and since March 2013 they started the ERI East Africa Project, which brings together six local partner organisations in Uganda and Tanzania to form a regional learning alliance for promoting farmer-driven innovation processes.
Trias Uganda started to use the ERI approach in 2008 in a 6 year (2008-2013) income and food security program with Mbarara, Hoima and Masindi District Farmers Associations. Evaluations of this program showed very positive results, among others due to the use of the ERI approach, but also because of the successful link between ERI and micro-finance services providers EBO, Mwizi SACCO, MADFA SACCO and HOFOKAM. This resulted in quite sustainable cooperation agreements. In 2014, Trias Uganda started a new program with Zombo and Arua District Farmers Associations and Ofaka and Nyaravur Sacco (West Nile Region Uganda). Because of previous successes, Trias introduced and will further train and coach these new partners in the ERI approach (not neglecting the already available approaches). Representatives from Trias offices in Ghana, Guinee-Conakry and Tanzania also participated in the first ERI training workshop (May 2014) with the aim to start ERI in Trias programmes worldwide.
ZOA started working with ERI using the early ERI Guide (CIAT 2006). When the new manual and related grainsack charts were published in 2012, ZOA integrated the full ERI curriculum as a major component in its agribusiness project Agri Skills 4 You with partner CEFORD in Arua, Nebbi, Zombo, Koboko and Moyo districts targeting 50 farmer groups. The first results show that farmer groups who followed the trainings developed a very strong drive towards producing crops in function of market demand and profit margins. ZOA led the development process of the Farmer Facilitator manual which was released end 2015 under the ERI EA consortium.
Agriterra co-funded the development of the ERI manual in 2011-2013. After being introduced to ERI’s principles and methods, it started to use the approach in its programs in Zambia, Tanzania and Bangladesh.
The Centre for Development Research at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna and the The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) further developed the ERI approach to service organic markets. Action research was carried out in Hoima District (done in cooperation with Africa 2000 Network) and Mukono District (in partnership with Uganda Environmental Education Foundation) in Uganda from 2005 until 2010.