Cooperative is the basis of life, of innovation, and the background of competition.


In our our societies, the value of individual success is often over-rated. In fact, society is the ground for individual well-being and success. Without cooperation, there is no scientific development or human progress.

Individual success is a powerful motivation in our society. While it remains legitimate, it must not make us forget that we humans are deeply social beings, like most of the species on this planet. Empathy and communication are deeply embeded in our genes. They reveal themeselves in the relationships within our organizations, at the local level, and with people and communities far away.

Cooperation also has its skills and techniques, that allow to activate its potential, and can also be transmitted.


International cooperation

22 years of experience in technical support to producers organizations and development of value chains
  • Value chains and markets: structuration of value chains, market studies, guarantee systems (organic, fair trade, geographical indications…)
  • Resources management and agroecology
  • Local and institutional development
  • Associate expert at SCIC Tero (or mini-resume in French is here)

Sustainable Development and Collective Intelligence

  • Agenda 21 for local authorities
  • Stakeholder dialogue
  • Support and strategic guidance to small and medium-size companies.
  • ISO 26 000 and other approaches of social responsibility
Ylang ylang from the Comoros: Saving distillation fuel wood

Ylang ylang from the Comoros: Saving distillation fuel wood

In March 2019, a team led by Pierre JOHNSON, international consultant, with Wassilati MBAE, as expert of the Comoros ylang ylang value chain, conducted the evaluation of the 2nd phase of the FY-DAFE programme (2016-2019) of the NGO Initiative Développement, with funding by the French Development Agency, and the French Facility for Global Environment and other sponsors. This evaluation concluded on the relevance, effectiveness and sustainability of the project in its main objectives, and made recommendations for the third and final phase of the programme (2019-2021).

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Le label Bio Français Équitable contribuera-t-il à faire avancer le bio français vers plus d’équité ?

Le label Bio Français Équitable contribuera-t-il à faire avancer le bio français vers plus d’équité ?

La Fédération Nationale de l’Agriculture Biologique (FNAB) vient de lancer le label Bio Français Équitable. Cette initiative contribuera-t-elle à faire avancer le bio français vers plus d’équité ? Cet article analyse le contexte d’émergence de ce label, notamment les défis de l’agriculture biologique et du commerce équitable.

Building sustainable livelihoods in West Kalimantan

Building sustainable livelihoods in West Kalimantan

The program on “management of natural resources based on indigenous peoples’ local knowledge” in West Kalimantan had multiple facets: reclaiming customary rights on land and forest, conducting activities of adaptation to and mitigation of climate change, economic empowerment through the establishment of local credit union service points, and support to food security and income generating activities. It was globally successful, but new challenges appear for the communities involved.

Support to biotrade from Africa

Support to biotrade from Africa

Biotrade Is your organization (company, research center, foundation, NGOs) developing new ingredients or new applications of ingredients deriving from the biodiversity in Africa or other continents? Did you know that, since October 2014*, you have legal obligations...

Pierre W. Johnson

International consultant, study and sustainable development of natural products value chains. Specialist of markets of origin, quality and high value products. Expert on Access and Benefit Sharing.
Keynote speaker on transition to an ecological economy & society.

Member of the
International Value Links Association.

Associate expert to Tero.

Board member of
Nature Rights


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