This project promoted the creation and application of a better understanding of the problems facing Farmer Organisations (FOs)and of conditions needed for their success by a research process that brought together:experience of FOs within and outside Malawi; new institutional economics
and other theory regarding the potential roles of FOs, and the
challenges that they face in poor rural areas in (a) addressing critical
problems of market coordination and access and (b) their internal
organisation; empirical analysis of different experiences with FOs,
successful and otherwise, in Malawi; and reflection and networking by
different actors in Malawi on their experience with FOs and on the
potential for FOs and the challenges that they face.
Dorward, A. Farmer Organisations for market access. Project Final Report. Centre for Development and Poverty Reduction, Imperial College, London, UK (2005) 38 pp.