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Building and Assessing the Capacity of Farmers’ Organizations: The Case of the United Nations World Food Programme’s Purchase for Progress


Intermediating between farmers and development projects, farmers’ organizations (FOs) have the potential to improve rural market access and promote equitable growth by reducing transaction costs, strengthening producer bargaining power, and enabling collective action. Capacity building of FOs is a cornerstone of rural development policies and programs, such as the United Nations World Food Programme’s Purchase for Progress (P4P) project, which partnered with 830 FOs representing 1.7 million farmers from 2008 through 2014.

Despite significant donor investment, a unifying framework defining the concept and measurement of capacity building has eluded development practitioners. The core challenge originates from the paradigm shift a... (more)
Created Date 2016
Contributor Amani, Sharon Mei (Author) / Aggarwal, Rimjhim M. (Advisor) / Polidoro, Beth A. (Committee member) / Lentz, Erin C. (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Sustainability / Organizational behavior / Agriculture economics / capacity building / farmers' organizations / market access / organizational capital / participation / sustainability
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 291 pages
Language English
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Note Doctoral Dissertation Sustainability 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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