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Fine flavor cocoa in Ghana: reaching high value markets

Accessing high-end markets can be lucrative, and therefore has the potential to raise smallholder incomes substantially – but this strategy requires specialised skills and technology, and relies on direct market linkages. This case describes a multi-sector collaboration that aims to equip Ghanaian cocoa farmers to produce fine flavour beans that would carry a substantial premium in the market. We draw lessons from both the technological and organisational aspects of the project.

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  • IIED code: 16036IIED
  • Published: Nov 2012 - IIED, Sustainable Food Laboratory
  • Theme: Sustainable markets
  • ISBN: 978-1-84369-863-0
  • Language: English

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Millions of farmers in Africa depend on export markets for their livelihoods, but small farmers were missing out on this market.

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