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Publication | 2022

Partnerships Between Producer Organizations and Enterprises - Lessons learned from recent experiences in West and East Africa

Partnerships between producer organizations (POs) and enterprises are promoted as a model for structuring value chains to integrate small producers more equitably and sustainably. They offer attractive opportunities, especially for smallholder producers and their organizations. However, they also pose risks, and failures still occur frequently. The lessons learned from capitalizing on four recent experiences (Benin, Burkina Faso, Kenya and Senegal) provide food for thought to improve the design and implementation of partnerships between POs and enterprises that are genuinely win-win for both parties.