Growing cash shortages and technical problems experienced by large state-owned palm oil milling plants in Ghana have caused serious problems for small farmers: they have lost up to 40 per cent of their crops due to the lack of effective processing capacity. The NGO, TechnoServe, has worked with communities to develop a model for village-based, small-scale processing. This involves the introduction of appropriate technologies, and the establishment of effective management systems and management training. The model has proved highly successful and has stimulated significant increases in income and productivity among farmers and producers, as well as wider social and economic benefits. It is currently being widely disseminated in conjunction with the Government of Ghana and the World Bank.