Projects Highlights

Ensuring sustainable iodized salt production by establishing salt producer’s cooperatives in Ghana

In a nutshell: the idea to establish SoCoop goes back to 2010 when the GAIN (Global Alliance Improved Nutrition), within the Universal Salt Iodization Partnership Project , supported the establishment of the Nyanyano Salt Bank Cooperative (NSBC) in Ghana with the technical input of external consultants. The main goal was to ensure that the salt produced by small salt producers was adequately iodized before being sold on the open market. This was planned to be achieved by establishing a cooperative where all salt producers could bring their daily salt production. The cooperative, owned by the salt producers themselves, would ensure that the salt will be adequately iodized. The establishment of the cooperative requested 3 technical inputs:

  • First, the future members of the cooperative needed to be trained on basic cooperative principles and the Board of Directors, as well as the Operational Manager, needed specific skills on how to manage such a cooperative.
  • Second, a technical input was necessary to train the Salt cooperative team to adequately iodize the salt and package it for sale on the open market.
  • Third, a specific business model needed to be designed in order to forecast the needed cash flow to purchase upfront the salt produced by the members before sales income would return on the cooperative’s account.

The stakeholders involved in the project recognized that establishing a sustainable cooperative was an effective way to enable small scale salt producers to make a decent living while providing adequately iodized salt.

Lessons learned: this experience and the motivation it generated among the consulting team triggered a few years later the establishment of SoCoop. The main lesson learned is that supporting a cooperative, requires a combination of skills that need to be delivered in a coordinated way.

A salt producer Training for Board members Iodized salt ready for sale