Announcement of a new publication
Promoting rural women's cooperative businesses in Thailand
A training kit
by Smita Premchander
A publication of the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
RAP Publication 2004/01
The cooperative sector is well-established in Thailand. Although many women’s cooperative groups were established following the economic crisis of the late 1990s, few of these projects remain active today. Many women’s cooperative groups require support for training and capacity-building activities.
The FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific has developed this training kit to assist rural women in becoming individual or group entrepreneurs and managers of cooperative businesses. Rural women's cooperative groups in Thailand cover a wide range of businesses. Some of their training needs are the same, such as those relating to business and accounting concepts. Other training needs, especially those related to technology, differ across sectors.
Several of these needs can be met by training members of the women's groups. As a long-term strategy, training is better than providing services because it enables the women to take charge of their own businesses.
The key elements to this training kit are:
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