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Mainstreaming Co-OperationAn Alternative for the Twenty-First Century?$
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Anthony Webster, Linda Shaw, Rachael Vorberg-Rugh, and Rachael Vorberg-Rugh

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719099595

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719099595.001.0001

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The co-operative identity: good for poverty reduction?

The co-operative identity: good for poverty reduction?

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(p.221) 13 The co-operative identity: good for poverty reduction?
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Mainstreaming Co-Operation
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Rowshan Hannan

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719099595.003.0013

This chapter discusses the impact of co-operatives and co-operative identity on poverty reduction, based around the author’s research on a dairy co-operative in a semi-arid province of Eastern Kenya. The study found that the co-operative’s dual economic and social goals, which emphasise member and community priorities across a range of concerns, have helped it to engage in multiple areas of activity, ranging from the provision of goods and services to education and training, all of which led to a reduction of household poverty for members and nonmembers. The chapter suggests a nee for further research to explore the links between co-operative identity and poverty reduction in other regions and economic sectors.

Keywords:   Co-operative movement, Co-operative identity, Kenya, Poverty, International development, Agriculture

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