Cooperatives

What is the role of co-operatives in developing countries, especially today? And how can they contribute to achieving global food security? These were the two central issues that this year’s World Food Day Colloquium…

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With the values and principles that they are based on, cooperatives appear to be virtually predestined for combating poverty. Even so, in development cooperation, they have been consigned to the shadows for many years.…

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Attempts to harness cooperatives for the purposes of the state are just as old as the notion of independence, which is inherent in the concept of the cooperative. In many countries, this has resulted in a deep distrust…

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Although cooperatives in Vietnam are recognised as independent legal entities nowadays, a large number of them have been unable to successfully make the change from the planned to the market economy. A new draft law…

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Rural cooperatives support their members by integrating them more strongly into the value-added chain. But via forward und backward linkages, they can strengthen the entire rural economy, and hence rural regions as a…

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High hopes are vested in agricultural cooperatives when it comes to establishing export-oriented value chains, particularly for guaranteeing the socio-economic participation of farmers on a lasting basis. Looking at the…

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Five years after the first national farmer cooperative law of the People’s Republic of China was enacted, numbers show an overwhelming success. Over half a million cooperatives have been registered already. But is there…

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The huge gap between commercial banks and smallholder farmers’ needs and the neglect of African indigenous knowledge of forms of savings and borrowing have remained a great hindrance to poverty reduction in Sub-Saharan…

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The acronym SHG has become very popular in rural India, especially among the womenfolk: Self-help groups have turned out to be a reliable and fair source of credit for them. This article demonstrates the important role…

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The International Year of Cooperatives is being accompanied by numerous events. One of them was the conference “The Raiffeisen idea – a model fit for the future”, held in Bonn, Germany, in May 2012. Here, the focus was…

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