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Cooperatives, Economic Democratization and Rural Development

Edited by Jos Bijman, Wageningen University, the Netherlands, Roldan Muradian, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil and Jur Schuurman, formerly Agriterra, the Netherlands
Agricultural cooperatives and producer organizations are institutional innovations which have the potential to reduce poverty and improve food security. This book presents a raft of international case studies, from developing and transition countries, to analyse the internal and external challenges that these complex organizations face and the solutions that they have developed. The contributors provide a greater understanding of the transformation of traditional community organizations into modern farmer-owned businesses. They cover issues including: the impact on rural development and inclusiveness, the role of social capital, formal versus informal organizations, democratic participation and member relations, and their role in value chains.
Extent: 320 pp
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Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 78471 937 1
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Agricultural cooperatives and producer organizations are institutional innovations which have the potential to reduce poverty and improve food security. This book presents a raft of international case studies, from developing and transition countries, to analyse the internal and external challenges that these complex organizations face and the solutions that they have developed.

The contributors provide an increased understanding of the transformation of traditional community organizations into modern farmer-owned businesses. They cover issues including: the impact on rural development and inclusiveness, the role of social capital, formal versus informal organizations, democratic participation and member relations, and their role in value chains.

Students and scholars will find the book’s multidisciplinary approach useful in their research. It will also be of interest to policy-makers seeking to understand the wide diversity of organizational forms and functions. NGOs, donors and governments seeking to support rural developments will benefit from the discussions raised in this book.

‘This book is a must read for those interested in the role cooperatives play in fostering local rural development and alleviating rural poverty. Through conceptual pieces, case studies, essays and empirical work, the papers in this volume illustrate the complex challenges facing cooperatives as they attempt to address market failures, remain cost competitive vis-à-vis transnational agribusinesses, adopt good internal governance practices, navigate the political challenges in their local environments and adapt to and influence the institutional environment in which they operate.’
– Murray Fulton, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Contributors: J. Bijman, K. Blokland, M.L. Cook, J. Duncan, A.Groot Kormelinck, M. Hanisch, J. Hellin, G. Hendrikse, Y. Hu, X. Jia, B. Losch, R. Muradian, G. Muricho, D.J. O’Brien, S. Pascucci, D. Pesche, C. Plaisier, R. Ruben, J. Schuurman, B. Shiferaw, S. Singh, K. Wedig


Contents:

1. The Changing Nature of Farmer Collective Action: Introduction to the Book
Jos Bijman

PART I: PRODUCER ORGANIZATIONS AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
2. The Progressive Participation of Rural Producer Organizations in the Policy Debate. Lessons from the Experience of West Africa
Denis Pesche and Bruno Losch

3. Cooperatives in Rural Development and Poverty Alleviation
Markus Hanisch

4. Smallholder Organization through Farmer (Producer) Companies for Modern Markets: Experiences of Sri Lanka and India
Sukhpal Singh

PART II. ECONOMIC DEMOCRATIZATION, INCLUSIVENESS AND SOCIAL CAPITAL
5. Markets Access and Agricultural Productivity Growth in Developing Countries: Challenges and Opportunities for Producer Organizations
Bekele Shiferaw, Jon Hellin and Geoffrey Muricho

6. Social Capital and Agricultural Cooperatives: Experimental Evidence from Ethiopia
Annemarie Groot Kormelinck, Christine Plaisier, Roldan Muradian and Ruerd Ruben

7. Towards Inclusive Rural Development? Effects of Governance on Economic Equality in Uganda’s Coffee Cooperatives
Karin Wedig

8. “Informal Virtues” and “Formal Vices”? Understanding the Implications of Producer Organizations for Pastoralists in India
Stefano Pascucci and Jessica Duncan

PART III. INTERNAL GOVERNANCE AND MEMBER RELATIONS
9. Centralized Versus Individual: Governance of Farmer Professional Cooperatives in China
Xiangping Jia, Yamei Hu and George Hendrikse

10. Smallholder Dairy Entities in East Africa: Challenges and Opportunities
David J. O’Brien and Michael L. Cook

PART IV. CONCLUSIONS
11. Growth, Democracy and Income Equality. Cooperatives: The Development Impact Beyond Membership Benefits
Kees Blokland and Jur Schuurman

12. Transformation, Inclusiveness and Tensions of Cooperatives; Synthesis and Further Research
Jos Bijman, Roldan Muradian and Jur Schuurman

Index