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Re: With Technology and Elite capture - Are Cooperatives Relevant today?

Economic Agri Advisors EAA University Of Guyana, Guyana
Economic Agri Advisors

Tim made a valid point that cooperatives are much more than informing farmers about market conditions. cooperatives are about strengthening capabilities through education, training and skills development, but bot only in technical areas of sustainable agrculture production techniques and technologies. Cooperative members and managers also need to build their soft skills in areas like leadership and entrepreneurship, negotiation and self confidence business development, policy development and advocacy.

these go well beyound analysizing market conditions and buying agricultural inputs in bulk etc, reinforcing the relevance of agricultural cooperatives.