“'Cooperatives are having to compete. There are more buyers in the countryside looking to supply national and global demand. Roads are better and mobile phones are spreading. Youth has new aspirations and off-farm opportunities; so wages are pushed up and migration causes labour shortages. All these elements have profound implications for farmers' choices, and organisations’ competitiveness.”
So states Ethel del Pozo Vergnes in her article, 'World Food Day: how do you keep co-operatives competitive?' , about lessons learned from the IIED-Hivos Knowledge Programme ‘Small Producer Agency in the Globalised Market' published on the occasion of World Food Day.