Small-scale producers face huge challenges in todays world. They have to adopt a market-oriented approach if they want to compete in and benefit from local and global markets. This book opens with an explanation of why collective action in the form of producer organisations is a key strategy for increasing their access to and power in markets. It describes different types of producer organisations, and draws out learning points and key factors affecting their success, based on ten case studies from around the world from Albania, Colombia, El Salvador, Georgia, India, Malawi, Mozambique, Palestine, and Viet Nam . The book provides step-by-step guidance for development practitioners, managers, and all those interested in how development organisations can help small-scale producers build effective collective businesses.
|Part 1 The Rationale for Producer Organisations|
|Small-Scale Producers And Global Markets|
|The Rationale for Collective Action|
|Defining Features of Producer Organisations|
|Minimum Conditions for POs to Succeed|
|POs: a Development Strategy for the Poorest?|
|Part II What do Producer Organisations Look Like?|
|Governance and Management|
|Market Chain Linkages and Services|
|Influencing the Business Environment|
|Part III Working with Producer Organisations|
|The Role of Support Organisations|
|Getting Started: Initial Steps and Considerations|
|Capacity Development: Models and Tools|
|Working with POs: Developing Essential Capacity|
|Working with POs at Different Stages|
Chris Penrose-Buckley is currently Head of Producer Partnership Programme at Twin, London, UK.
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