Financial self-reliance versus technical self-reliance:
Much of the discussion so far has been on how to promote better cooperative financial self-reliance. Not much has been said on how best to promote more cooperative technical self-reliance. For example, how do you help cooperative members and leaders become successfully manage the cooperative business without the need for continued external assistance. In the past governments have tended to address this problem by temporarily assigning trained officers to help manage the cooperative business, but this approach hasn't worked very well. It has only created more cooperative dependency on outside support. Some governments feel uneasy about promoting greater cooperative independence from their support. How do you think this problem should be addressed?
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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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