Multi-Criteria Methodology: AHP and Fuzzy Logic in the Selection of Post-Harvest Technology for Smallholder Cocoa Production

Autores UPV
Revista The International Food and Agribusiness Management Review


Ecuador supplies 70% of the world¿s fine aroma cocoa (Theobroma cacao). This paper defines a model of post-harvest technology selection, adapted to small producers, using two multi-criteria models that evaluate the quality, processing cost, and technology adoption capability of each technology. To achieve this result, a preliminary assessment of nine post-harvest technologies is performed, considering only the quality criteria. We then apply the analytical hierarchy process and fuzzy logic methodologies considering the other criteria (processing cost and technology adoption capability). The models provide alternative methods to achieve solutions that reflect the reality of small cocoa producers¿ decision-making processes.