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Record number 509792
Title Agricultural Co-Operatives in Ethiopia : Evolution, Functions and Impact
Author(s) Tefera, Delelegne A.; Bijman, Jos; Slingerland, Maja A.
Source Journal of International Development 29 (2017)4. - ISSN 0954-1748 - p. 431 - 453.
Department(s) Management Studies
Plant Production Systems
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2017
Keyword(s) Agricultural co-operatives - Ethiopia - Market access - Productivity - Public investment - Transaction costs
Abstract To what extent can co-operatives strengthen rural development in sub-Saharan Africa? This paper explores the development of agricultural co-operatives in Ethiopia, particularly the changes in economic functions. Co-operative development in Ethiopia has been strongly influenced by various political regimes. Based on expert interviews and a literature review, we explore the factors that influence a shift in economic functions from provision of inputs to commercialization of farm products. Our review shows that the impact of commercialization on farmer welfare is still inconclusive. Both the institutional environment and the internal governance structure have a hard time adjusting to changing economic conditions.
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