|Traore in San Jose de Ocoa|
Ms. Traore describes that one the main objectives of her assignment was to "bring awareness to farmers and technicans on the importance of value chain analysis as critical success factor in the development, efficiency and profitability of the farm enterprise".
|Traore with medium sized greenhouse workers|
The different stakeholders were asked to provide information in the following areas: coordination (producers organizations, inter-professional organizations, extension services), production process (area, quanity, yield, post harvest losses); variable and fixed costs of production (seeds, fertilizers, labor, land, water, interest on loans, tools and machinery); marketing strategies (market information, contracts), marketing costs (transportation and freight costs, storage costs, information, etc) and revenue (prices and volumes in different local and internationa markets). The information gathered was used for summary case studies by area and presented back to participants in a power point format with the objective that they can make more informed decisions in the future using value chain assessments.
|FTF Volunteer: Doussou Traore, US Ambassador; Raul Yzaguirre, and FTF Rield Officer; Kalvin Bencosme|