For many cocoa farmers in West Africa, their business case is too thin. Poverty is the root cause, and the only way out is to create a smart mix of multiple arrangements that lead to significant income improvement for farmers and their workers. Solidaridad brings this mix into practice at the farm level (good agricultural practices), in the nearby business ecosystem (good financial & management practices), via improved market linkages (forward integration), and supportive policies leading to direct income incentives (farm-friendly levies).
Nico’s plea received wide attention and support in the West-African media
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Nico Roozen is the former director of Solidaridad Network and currently honorary president to the international supervisory board.