Better cooperatives in Liberia
NAI researcher Gun Eriksson Skoog was in Liberia on a field study gathering material for her project on inclusive development of agricultural markets. She has some preliminary reflections on the Cocoa-market development.
– Many smallholders believe in the future of cocoa farming. More farmers seem to be involved and many of them invest to increase productivity and output, says Gun Eriksson Skoog.
Farmers are increasingly organizing themselves in cooperatives and this appears to have led to greater bargaining power and that farmers subsequently receive better prices for their cocoa.
– Another finding is that large companies seek lasting relationships with the cooperatives in order to develop farming practices and secure their supply of cocoa, says Gun Eriksson Skoog.
Read more about her research project at NAI.