Supporting self-organisation in farmer organisations in developing countries: A case with a group of farmer groups in Indonesia

Kusnandar Kusnandar*, Olaf van Kooten, Frances M. Brazier

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Abstract

Governance through self-organisation in which participation is essential has been acknowledged to be important to enable farmer organisations to perform their roles in a sustainable manner. This paper focuses on empowering farmer organisations in developing countries to self-organise their governance to deal with encountered challenges. To this purpose, a co-creation approach was implemented with a group of farmer groups located in a horticultural production centre in Indonesia. In multiple co-creation sessions organised over time, the need for a new form of governance was identified, solutions proposed, (partially) implemented, evaluated and adapted. The results show that: 1) through co-creation, farmer organisations in developing countries can be empowered to self-organise; 2) self-organisation facilitates farmer organisations to learn to adapt to change; 3) self-organisation increases the commitment of farmer members; and 4) decentralised governance is a promising solution for growing farmer organisations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100214
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Co-operative Organization and Management
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023

Keywords

  • Co-creation
  • Developing countries
  • Farmer organisation
  • Governance
  • Participation
  • Self-organisation

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