Fully agree with John Rouse addition. Development of rural cooperatives should ideally be bottom -up....incremental efforts where those involved take small but incremental steps on various attributes that make a cooperative successful. Small incremental steps such as self selection, self organization and self management, enable the cooperatives have the ''glue'' in governance and cohesion that holds them together. That ''Glue'' is their determination, motivation, willingness, courage, idea with market and being able to produce good quality products. From our own experience, those external people who help such cooperatives, should avoid temptation of providing gifts in form of resources, etc, but focus instead on giving them basic enterprise skills that will help glue them together and operate as a business entity.
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Related links and resources:
FAO's website on cooperatives and producers organisations
World Food Day
Good practices in building innovative rural institutions to increase food security
Agricultural cooperatives: paving the way for food security and rural development (Brochure)
My.Coop - Managing your agricultural cooperatives
The Group Promoter's Resource Book
The Group Enterprise Resource Book
The Group Savings Resource Book
The Inter-Group Association Resource Book
New Strategies for Mobilizing Capital in Agricultural Cooperatives
Computerizing Agricultural Cooperatives: Practical Guidelines
Cooperatives: Has their Time Come or Gone?
Agricultural cooperative development - A manual for trainers
Capital Formation in Kenyan Farmer-owned Cooperatives: a case study
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