Agricultural Cooperative in the Face of the Challenges of Globalization, Sustainability and Digitalization
Mozas Moral, Adoración (editor)
Fernandez Ucles, Domingo (editor)
The enormous contribution of agricultural cooperative societies to the rural world has not gone unnoticed. This is corroborated by many international entities. The International Cooperative Alliance estimates that 12% of the world's population is linked to one of the 3 million cooperatives that exist worldwide. Therefore, cooperative societies are not a marginal phenomenon. In relation to the role played by agricultural cooperatives in the world, it should be said that the agricultural cooperative is an enterprise unconditionally and stably linked to the rural environment, to the farmer and the stockbreeder. For this reason, it plays a leading role in the local economy and in the fixation of the population to the territory, thus contributing to the balance and management of the territory, which makes them true agents of rural development. On the other hand, cooperative societies have been the guarantors of the structuring of agriculture in rural areas in many countries. These organizations constitute the main structured, organized, professionalized and stable network established throughout the territory, in contact with the rural environment, with the capacity to communicate with and influence farmers and stockbreeders. They directly or indirectly provide much of the employment in the rural world and cooperative societies by nature develop their activity under cooperative principles and values that make them exponents of socially responsible enterprises and, therefore, are the key to sustainable development, as promulgated by the United Nations through the SDGs.
Keywordsagroindustrial; agricultural cooperative; technology adoption; technology and competitiveness; information and communication technology; digital transformation; agri-food cooperatives; co-operative creation policy; contingent valuation; reasoned action approach; Kazakhstan; COVID-19; self-identity; agricultural non-economic function perception; agricultural economic function perception; land-responsibility behaviour intention; Facebook; cooperatives; beekeeping; fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis; agricultural markets; generalized propensity score; cooperative organizations; small-scale farm; cooperation; contractual integration; willingness to cooperate; farm profile; Lithuanian case; agricultural producer organizations; rural women’s circles; local action groups; mergers; failure; integration; approval; negotiations; social and solidarity economy; evolutionary approach; territorial-driven approach; agricultural cooperatives; technical efficiency; dairy processing sector; sustainability; milk production capacity; supply chain; data envelopment analysis; n/a
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Publication date and placeBasel, 2022
Research & information: general
Biology, life sciences
Technology, engineering, agriculture