Agricultural Cooperative Enterprise Development (ACED)

Cooperatives of small-scale agricultural and other rural producers provide an efficient and equitable way of organizing rural poor and building their capacities to start and run village-level enterprises based on farm and non-farm activities. Cooperative farm/non-farm enterprises enable rural poor to share business risk arising from adverse climatic and market conditions while improving their access to natural resources and credit as well as production and marketing services. Cooperative enterprises make it possible for agricultural/rural producers poor to bypass middlemen by linking directly with markets. The members of cooperative enterprises share business responsibilities and profits equitably. This is especially relevant as agricultural trade liberalization exposes small and marginal farmers and other rural producers to growing competition and risks.

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