The main approach employed in the study was commodity chain analysis, using access mapping. Following Ribot (1998), access mapping along a commodity chain provides two maps: distribution of profit and mechanisms, and structures and processes at work in the control and maintenance of that distribution. In more concrete terms, it consists of:
identifying the actors involved along the commodity chain, from extraction, production, processing, exchange, transport and distribution to final sale and end use of the commodity;
evaluating income and profit at each level of the commodity chain;
evaluating the distribution of income and profit within each group along the...