Zero Hunger

2020 Edition
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Farmer-Based Organizations: A Coalition and Proxy for Development

  • Mehdi KhayyatiEmail author
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The plurality and diversity of organizations created by rural and agricultural sector agents for different purposes and at different levels makes it difficult to provide an inclusive and exclusive definition of farmer-based organizations. Therefore, in terms of definition, structure, role and function of farmer organizations, there are many similarities and overlaps with concepts such as producer organizations, farmer associations, and cooperatives. Moreover, because farmers are the building block of all previously mentioned organizations, it can even be claimed that recent concepts are examples of farmer organizations.

Farmer-based organizations have different types and vary according to the size (of membership) and services they provide. Based on the typology presented by the International Federation of Agricultural...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Management and Planning Organization of GuilanGuilanIran

Section editors and affiliations

  • Mohammad Sadegh Allahyari
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural ManagementRasht Branch, Islamic Azad UniversityRashtIran