Announcement of a new publication
Agricultural cooperative development: A manual for trainers
In the framework of its cooperative training of trainers programme aimed at helping developing countries and countries in transition transform their agricultural cooperatives into genuine self-help organizations, FAO published an innovative manual in 1998 which was geared to encouraging greater membership participation, improving management and familiarizing political and administrative decision-makers with new cooperative development approaches. The training manual is composed of seven modules, as follows:
Throughout these modules, the manual deals with ways in which trainers and promoters of cooperatives can support cooperative members and management in the development of their cooperative organizations. Its objectives are:
The manual guides trainers through the process of training by providing a standard structure in each module, including the following units: Objectives of the unit, Key learning points, Teaching strategy, and Reference information. A range of examples and exercises are also given.
In 2001, the French version and in 2003 the Spanish version of the Manual were also published and are being disseminated. In the meantime, in response to the great demand, an amended reprint of the English version has also been issued. The new version includes an additional, comprehensive module (Module 8) on Cooperative Accounting. This supplementary module has been added to the Spanish language version and it will added to the French laguage version, as well. As a next important step in the process, preparation of the Arabic language version is in progress.
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