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farmer organization

Nowadays, many farmers operate alone, and sell their cocoa individually to a trader.

Potentially, there are many benefits for farmers to be organized: they have a stronger voice, they can bulk their production to receive a higher price, they can have easier access to services, inputs and training, or they can join certification schemes. This way, both the individual farmer as the community can all benefit.

But there are many different types of farmer organizations, both formal and informal. So the question remains what the best mechanisms are for organizing farmers and what kind of organization works where, for whom, and under what conditions.

Food for thought

In 2007, the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) published the report Dealing with small scale producers, which informs you about the diversity of farmer organizations and their capacities.

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