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1 Introduction
2 What is a cooperative?
2.1 Characteristics
2.3 Cooperative business principles
2.4 Types and levels of cooperatives
2.5 Misuse of cooperative principles
3 Why are farmers interested in cooperatives?
3.1 Advantages of working together
3.2 Economic benefits
4 What is needed to form a cooperative?
4.1 Starting the cooperative
4.2 Committed leaders
4.3 Other factors for success
5 Cooperative management
5.1 Finding the balance
5.2 Development of a cooperative structure
6 Statutes and by-laws
7 Finance
7.1 Distinctive features of cooperative finance
7.2 Sources of capital
8 Potential pitfalls
9 Establishing a cooperative
Step 1: Developing the initiative
Step 2: Building consensus
Step 3: Establishing a steering committee
Step 4: Feasibility study and member survey
Step 5: Organisational design
Step 6: Member commitment
Step 7: Involving other stakeholders
Step 8: Starting up the enterprise
Useful addresses
Further reading
Appendix 1 Eight steps
Appendix 2 Statements
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Starting a Cooperative

Starting a Cooperative

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