In late 2008 Bio United (a subsidiary of Biolands International) started operations with no grid power, like most 85% of rural Sierra Leone, and in the absence of a good phone signal or internet connection, and established their base on the outskirts of Pendembu. Their model emphasizes local governance and management of cocoa production supported by expert advice on improving the quality of farm management and the value of the crop. AECF provided a grant matched by company investment to develop the business from which farmers get a greater proportion of the value of the cocoa they produce.
AECF. Bio-United case study. (2011) 7 pp.