by Konstantin Vekua
Hello. I am an entrepreneur from Georgia and followed a Masters course in Agricultural Production Chain Management at VHL University of Applied Sciences in Wageningen. As entrepreneur, I have been working in confectionery and fresh fruit supply chains. VHL is strategizing its way forward in the international commodity market. Hence, I would like to share some of my experience doing field work in Ghana.
Our research objective was to study the constraints for replanting aged cocoa trees with hybrid cocoa varieties. We asked questions to capture a wide range of possible constraints as well as possible alternatives available to the farmers. Find more information about my research at this blog where I also posted the interviews with the farmers, naturally with their prior consent. What we found out was that farmers were not motivated to replace their old less-producing cacao trees by new hybrids primarily as a result of lack of capital to invest in fertilizer. Access to credit seems therefore the most important bottleneck