Markets and trade

Activities in Africa

Cotton in Kenya, oil palm and cassava in Cameroon and rice in West Africa
In Kenya, FAO is working with Farm Concern International as service provider for capacity building to three cotton cooperatives in Nyanza, Eastern and Coastal provinces. Business model upgrading activities in Cameroon are facilitated by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in support of three cooperatives involved in the commercialisation of fresh fruit bunches and crude palm oil. The activities are being extended to the cassava sector.

Oil palm harvest in Cameroon, photo IITA


In West Africa activities are developed with selected farmer organization involved in the commercialisation of rice in Senegal and Burkina Faso. In partnership with the Groupe de Recherche et d’Echanges Technologiques (GRET) descriptions of current business models have been made, key success factors have been identified and upgrading strategies have been developed. Training of farmer cooperatives is ongoing to implement the upgrading activities.   

Business models