The author stresses the advantages as well as the pitfalls of establishing a member-controlled association for producing agricultural goods and services.
Farmer-managed cooperatives can play an important role in negotiating product prices, accessing good quality and reasonably priced farm inputs as well as managing access to credits.
This handbook provides an overview of how to start a cooperative and the factors that contribute to success e.g.the importance of creating democratic structures.
The distinctive features of cooperative finance and possible sources of capital are discussed.
The legal requirements for registering cooperatives and the permits and licenses needed to conduct business are presented. The procedures relating to recording the volume of business of each member and the selection of a bank and auditor to handle cooperative accounts are also dealt with.
Sample PDF: Starting a cooperative
No. of pages: 86