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October 31st, 2012

In this insightful opinion article, Morrison Rwakakamba discusses the current debates over the future of cooperatives, with a focus on smallholder farmers and their future.  Is the cooperative model of the 1970s and 1980s still relevant?  Does this concept really need to be ‘re-imagined’?  The author argues that cooperatives are indeed still relevant, but they must be updated to be relevant to global and regional conditions. Cooperatives that currently exist should be supported in efforts to reach new markets and find new ways of organising themselves; the very definition of a ‘cooperative’ must be broadened which the UN FAO supports.

Read the full article from the Independent (Uganda) on AllAfrica.com