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CO-operatives might be the weapon

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This approach is aligned and can also be related as a form of ECONOMIC SYNERGY, where "two or more members working together to produce a result not obtainable by any of the members independently".

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The entire small farmers community

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In any country

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  • This idea is meant to inspire - I hope someone else takes it on!

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The village cooperative societies provide strategic inputs for the agricultural sector, consumer societies meet their consumption requirements at concessional rates co-operative societies are helping in building up of storage go-downs including cold storages, rural roads and in providing facilities like irrigation, electricity, transport and health. Various development activities in agriculture, small industry marketing and processing.

A practical motivation for the creation of  co-operatives is related to the ability of members to pool production and/or resources. In many situations, it is simply too expensive for an individual to manufacture products or undertake a service. Cooperatives provide a method for members to join together in an 'association', through which a group of members can acquire a better outcome, typically financial, than by going alone. This approach is aligned and can also be related as a form of ECONOMIC SYNERGY, where "two or more members working together to produce a result not obtainable by any of the members independently". While it may seem reasonable to conclude that larger the cooperative the better, this is not necessarily true, unless it is managed by an ideal managing body.

An agricultural cooperative, also known as a farmers' co-op, is a cooperative where farmers pool their resources in certain areas of activity.

Agricultural cooperatives or farmers' cooperatives are cooperatives where farmers pool their resources for mutual economic benefit. Agricultural cooperatives are broadly divided into agricultural service cooperatives, which provide various services to their individual farming members, and agricultural production cooperatives, where production resources such as land or machinery are pooled and members farm jointly. Agricultural production cooperatives are relatively rare in the world, and known examples are limited to collective farms in former socialist countries and the kibbutzim in Israel.

 Agricultural supply cooperatives aggregate purchases, storage, and distribution of farm inputs for their members. By taking advantage of volume discounts and utilizing other economies of scale, supply cooperatives bring down members' costs. Supply cooperatives may provide seeds, fertilizers, chemicals, fuel, and farm machinery. Some supply cooperatives also operate machinery pools that provide mechanical field services (e.g., plowing, harvesting) to their members.

Agricultural marketing cooperatives provide the services involved in moving a product from the point of production to the point of consumption. Agricultural marketing includes a series of inter-connected activities involving planning production, growing and harvesting, grading, packing, transport, storage, food processing, distribution and sale. Agricultural marketing cooperatives are often formed to promote specific commodities.

In some cases, cooperative societies find it advantageous to form cooperative federations in which all of the members are themselves cooperatives. Historically, these have predominantly come in the form of cooperative wholesale societies, and cooperative unions. Cooperative federations are a means through which cooperative societies serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.

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Rajendra,

I am pro to the idea.

Indeed the idea of farmers cooperatives is a solution to small scale farmers accessing finincial resources.
I posted a simillare idea "Farmers' Cooperatives Development Center" which will help moblize, sensitize, organize and nurture small scale farmers into successful Rural farmers' cooperatives.

I welcome your advice in making small scale farmers acquire loans, invest, produce together, market together and save together.
 

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Great provocation Rajendra! Check out the cooperative society that Irene and her organization are building in rural Kenya: Empowering Small Scale Farmers in Rural Areas in Kenya Perhaps you might like to reach out and share some insights.

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Hi Rajendra, interesting post! Any chance you could find an image to go along with it? Images help grab attention and tell a story with higher impact. You should be able to use the Edit Contribution button on the top of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.