Farmer organizations work better with information and communication technology (ICT). This is not only a catch phrase, but the title of an in depth module about the role of information and communication tools and processes that can support cooperatives in developing countries.
Coordinated by the World Bank, this resource brings together good practices, relevant impact, and means to address challenges. It is available online at http://www.ictinagriculture.org/ictinag/sourcebook/module-8-farmer-organ...
In November of this year, the World Bank will be hosting an online discussion about recent advances in the use of ICT to support cooperatives, and persistent challenges in the field. The discussion will take place on the e-Agriculture community platform (www.e-agriculture.org), with more details available as the time approaches.
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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
The FSN Forum is supported by the project Coherent food security responses: incorporating right to food into global and regional food security initiatives.