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The risks of inclusion : shifts in governance processes and upgrading opportunities for cocoa farmers in Ghana


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Abstract: In this study the author aims to unravel ‘upgrading opportunities’ for cocoa producers in Ghana and the different outcomes for different types of farmers, with two clear goals in mind. First, the author will seek to develop an understanding of the different power relations in which cocoa producers are embedded. Second, the author will seek to identify the direction and options for change that favour different small-scale cocoa producers. Such knowledge is important as it adds to the understanding of how individual upgrading strategies and outcomes are linked to long-term trends towards ‘collective’ inclusion or exclusion. Insights in power relations and in reasons behind different outcomes for different types of producers help policy-makers and NGOs develop more effective interventions that can reach the most vulnerable farmer groups. Moreover, it also helps the private sector to act more strategically in mitigating long-term risks for supplier failure and to aid specific groups in developing sustainable sourcing policies.
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Authors: Laven, A.C.
Country: Ghana
Category: Research
ISBN: 978-94-6022-111-8
Keywords: agriculture , empowerment , environment , governance , rural development , sustainable development
Language: eng
Organization: KIT - Royal Tropical Institute
PAGE: 256
Place: Amsterdam
Publisher: KIT Publishers
Year: 2010
Region: West Africa
Right: © 2010 KIT Publishers
Subject: Agriculture and Rural Development
Title: The risks of inclusion : shifts in governance processes and upgrading opportunities for cocoa farmers in Ghana