Recent years have witnessed a renewed interest in the role of agriculture in international development. The importance of linking smallholder farmers to agri-food markets, and the need for inclusive value chains in order to overcome poverty and to sustainably feed the world, are now widely acknowledged among international organisations and at the highest policy levels (FAO, 2009; World Bank, 2011). Agricultural cooperatives are increasingly seen as key to the development of smallholder agriculture.56 Such cooperatives can enable small-scale producers to better take advantage of opportunities offered in the market place and can improve members’ bargaining position in decisionmaking processes. Moreover, agricultural cooperatives can be instrumental in addressing some of the challenges facing these smallholder farmers, such as galvanising collective action to benefit from economies of scale and efficiency gains along value chains. Realising this potential requires that agricultural cooperatives perform well (Bernard and Spielman, 2008; World Bank 2007).
|Title of host publication||Coffee Certification in East Africa|
|Subtitle of host publication||Impact on Farms, Families and Cooperatives|
|Editors||R. Ruben, P. Hoebink|
|Publisher||Wageningen Academic Publishers|
|Publication status||Published - 18 Nov 2014|
Kormelinck, A. G. (2014). Back to the birthplace of the bean: Women's bargaining position and trust in Ethiopian coffee cooperatives. In R. Ruben, & P. Hoebink (Eds.), Coffee Certification in East Africa: Impact on Farms, Families and Cooperatives (pp. 235-257). Wageningen Academic Publishers. https://doi.org/10.3920/978-90-8686-805-6_8