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Farmers’ cooperatives in conflict ridden areas: The Maguindanao experience

Abag Sam, Radzak (2010) Farmers’ cooperatives in conflict ridden areas: The Maguindanao experience. In: The Third International Conference on International Studies (ICIS 2010), 1st-2nd December 2010, Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur. College of Law, Government and International Studies, Universiti Utara Malaysia. , Sintok, pp. 1-13. ISBN 9789832078456

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This paper highlights the experiences of four farmers’ cooperatives in the conflict areas of Maguindanao, Southern Philippines. Using a case study method, the research found that for cooperatives to viably operate in this province, the following organizational factors are critical: a) leadership; b) dynamism and versatility in income-generating activities; and c) efficient utilization of resources. The coops’ purposes and objectives, and organization and management appear not to be critical at all. Coop networks and assistance extended by government agencies and international organizations proved to be contributing factors for coops’ viable operations. However, links with non-governmental organizations, local governments and coop federations and unions did not appear to be critical for the coops’ survival. Private sectors also assisted coops by providing technical know - how, and in marketing their products. Finally, despite of difficulties in operations, the political, economic and social environments appeared to have negative impact on the coops operation.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Jointly organised by Ministry of Higher Education, UUM College of Law, Government & International Studies (UUM COLGIS) and Association of International Studies Malaysia (AIS)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions: College of Law, Government and International Studies
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2011 07:33
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2011 07:33

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