Food Security

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 1135–1137 | Cite as

Jos Bijman, Roldan Muradian, Jur Schuurman (eds.): Cooperatives, economic democratization and rural development

Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA, 2016, i-xii +310 pp, ISBN 978 1 78471 937 1(cased), 978 1 78471 938 8(e-book)
  • David SkydmoreEmail author
Book Review

In September 2015, the United Nations adopted 17 sustainable development goals, which included the ending of poverty (UN General Assembly 2015). Amongst the goals pertinent to that objective are: quality education; gender equality; decent work and economic growth, industrial innovation and infrastructure; reduced inequalities; responsible consumption and production; and peace, justice and strong institutions. The central theme of this book relates to many of these goals. It shows that, by taking collective action, farmers can increase the economic and related benefits that accrue directly to themselves, but also promote the indirect benefits of reducing both poverty and inequality in the wider community.

The book comprises a series of chapters by different authors who are predominantly economists and specialists in the establishment and analysis of local, national or international farmer organisations. Their chapters are made up of case and comparative studies and overview analyses....


  1. UN General Assembly (2015). Transforming our world : the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 21 October 2015, A/RES/70/1, available at: Accessed 30 April 2018.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Glyndŵr UniversityWrexhamUK

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