Title

Palm to Palm: Where Do We Go From Here?

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication/Presentation Date

2016

Academic Year

2016-2017

Publisher

Northeast Decision Sciences Institute

Abstract/Description

After being shut down for about six months from late 2014 through May 2015 due to the Ebola outbreak, Palm to Palm (P2P) restarted production in June 2015. While certainly a victory, restarting production does not mean that all of P2P’s problems are in the past. As just one example, a number of employees were forced to find other work during the shutdown to feed their families. Some of these employees who found other work during the shutdown chose not to return when production restarted, so replacements had to be found and trained. In addition, the technological needs remain: Solutions must be found or created that allow a smallholder enterprise like P2P to operate profitably. P2P is therefore in search of knowledge and funding that will, ideally, allow the project to operate profitably while benefitting the Kono community. It is hoped that any solutions found may be adopted by other smallholder enterprises in Sierra Leone and West Africa. This paper provides updates on our efforts. Before doing so an overview of the philosophical and ethical grounding of the project is provided.

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