Starting a cooperative: Farmer-controlled economic initiatives
Agricultural co-operatives usually develop in rural economies when self-sufficient farming becomes successful enough to transform into full market production. By initiating economic co-operation, farmers can strengthen their position in the market so that they all benefit. This booklet serves as a guide to support farmers’ groups through the difficult process of starting a co-operative business, helping them find their way and make their own choices in developing a successful enterprise.
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2 What is a cooperative?
3 Why are farmers interested in cooperatives?
4 What is needed to form a cooperative?
5 Cooperative management
6 Statutes and by-laws
8 Potential pitfalls
9 Establishing a cooperative
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