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.