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A Model for Cocoa Farmers’ Group Strengthening in the Regency of Kolaka Timur, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Volume 5, Issue 6, December 2016, Pages: 266-271
Received: Oct. 26, 2016; Accepted: Nov. 18, 2016; Published: Dec. 29, 2016
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Putu Arimbawa, Department of Agribusiness, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Halu Oleo, Kendari, Indonesia
Hartina Batoa, Department of Agribusiness, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Halu Oleo, Kendari, Indonesia
Iskandar Iskandar, Department of Agribusiness, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Halu Oleo, Kendari, Indonesia
Muhammad Aswar Limi, Department of Agribusiness, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Halu Oleo, Kendari, Indonesia
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Abstract
The existence of cocoa farmers’ groups is expected to play a role in improving the cocoa farmers’ prosperity. The objectives of the study were (1) to formulate strategies for strengthening cocoa farmers’ groups in order to improve the cocoa farmers’ prosperity, and (2) to analyze a strengthening model for sustainable cocoa farmers’ groups. The study was conducted in the Village of Mondoke, District of Lambandia, Regency of KolakaTimur. The samples were members of two purposively-chosen farmers’ groups each of which consisted of 20 members, therefore, the total number of samples was 40 farmers. The data were analyzed descriptively and by using SWOT analysis according to the in-depth interview and focus group discussion. The results showed that (1) strategies for strengthening cocoa farmers’ groups were (a) by developing groups into joint ventures in supporting their cocoa agribusiness; (b) by creating collaborations and partnerships with third parties in improving yield, quality, and marketing; (c) by playing significant roles in providing training and guidance to farmers; and (d) by improving cohesiveness of farmers’ groups via reliable leaderships, and (2) farmers’ group strengthening model could be done through social empowerment approach, such as intensified trainings of cocoa farming, farmers’ group capacity improvement, social capital increase, and inter-farmers’ group network establishment.
Keywords
Farmers’ Group, Strengthening Model, Cocoa Farmers
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Putu Arimbawa, Hartina Batoa, Iskandar Iskandar, Muhammad Aswar Limi, A Model for Cocoa Farmers’ Group Strengthening in the Regency of Kolaka Timur, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Vol. 5, No. 6, 2016, pp. 266-271. doi: 10.11648/j.aff.20160506.18
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