The twenty-first century producer organization can be more than an advocate or marketing body. With modern information and communication technologies at their fingertips, such organizations can upgrade their skills as well as their operations, to offer a comprehensive set of services to their members. With such an intermediary working in their interest, the potential of African smallholders can be harnessed to feed the continent and fuel economic development.
Badiane, Ousmane. 2016. The twenty-first century agricultural cooperative: Increasing the business credibility of smallholders. Foreign Affairs (February 2016): 73-81. A Special Issue on 'African farmers in the digital age: How digital solutions can enable rural development.'
This essay is part of a special edition being published in partnership with Foreign Affairs, titled “African Farmers in the Digital Age.” This anthology explores the future of African food systems and the role that digital solutions can play in overcoming the isolation of smallholder farmers and speeding up rural development. Permitted re-use of this open access article is determined by the author’s choice of user license