Coffee and cocoa producers face a wide range of challenges attempting to produce good quality cocoa and coffee at the farm level. These include but are not limited to: a lack of agricultural and business knowledge and growing and primary processing skills, a lack of money to invest into their farms and a lack of access to markets and financial institutions. Some of the farmers understand they will be in a better bargaining position when they are members of a registered and recognized organization. However, the existing farmer organizations need to be improved to meet market requirements and to respond to farmer expectations.
- Improve cooperatives’ knowledge and skills in using generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)
- Increase cooperatives’ ability to find more information on credit schemes
- Increase member contributions so cooperatives have more resources for member services
- Improve cooperatives’ capacity in controlling member product quality
- Improve members’ knowledge in producing a quality product