- Innovative Technologies for Eco-friendly Fish Farm Management and Production of Safe Aquaculture Foods
- Sustained Management of the Soil-Rhizosphere System for Efficient Crop Production and Fertilizer Use
- Area-Wide Management of Insect Pests
- Development of Database (APASD) for Biological Invasion
- Agricultural Cooperatives in Asia: Innovations and Opportunities in the 21st Century
- Urban/peri-urban Agriculture in the Asian and Pacific region
September 11-15, 2006
National Agricultural Cooperative Federation (NACF)
NACF Research Institute (NACFRI), Korea
- Background / Highlights of Activity
The challenge for agricultural cooperatives to play a vital role in enhancing farmers’ economy and livelihood has become even greater in the 21st century, following the past century’s trend amid new issues and forces shaping their external environment. While agricultural cooperatives have contributed much to the promotion of farmers’ voluntary economic activities, increase in agricultural production and development of the rural economy through their traditional methods in terms of organizational structures, business models and management procedures, now they have to cope with the challenges of the time. Amid rapid changes in the global agriculture, technology and trade environment which have persisted since the 1990s, agricultural cooperatives and farmers’ organizations are now faced with new emerging needs and challenges from farmers, local communities and markets in the 21st century.
This seminar aimed to promote the sharing of information on successful innovation practices of agricultural cooperatives in the new era. It provided a venue for the exchange of various theoretical points of views and practical experiences on the subject. In particular, it showcased agricultural cooperatives which have created and transformed their organizational structure, business models and legal identities for small-scale farmers to enable them to overcome financial obstacles, to exploit niche-markets, and to achieve valuable agricultural goals such as food self-sufficiency, food safety, and sustainable agriculture in their respective countries. The case study presentations covered recently emerging needs and challenges, the diversification of roles of agricultural cooperatives, and the future direction for agriculture in Asia in the 21st century.
Tentative topics to be addressed:
- Theoretical points of views on innovations on agricultural cooperatives in the 21st century;
- Organizational innovation and its effects on agricultural cooperatives;
- Successful transformation cases of business model in agricultural cooperatives;
- Management scheme renovation of agricultural cooperatives;
- Suggestive market activities of agricultural cooperatives;
- Favorable policies for the development of agricultural cooperatives;
- Participatory approaches to the development of agricultural cooperatives; and
- New directions of agricultural cooperatives.
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- The changing consumer and food system in Japan(482) Katsuya Takahashi
- Role of farmersâ€™ association in promoting non-farm income sources in Taiwan(407) Hong-Chin Tsai
- Progress of the NACF and its member cooperatives in retailing: an analysis on the effects of customer satisfaction and store image on sales performance in Hanaro Club(393) Sam Seob Lee
- Agricultural cooperative in Indonesia(457) Kedi Suradisastra
- The agricultural structure and agricultural cooperative in Japan(412) Akihisa Nonaka
- Agricultural cooperatives in Korea(469) Jae-Hak Choi
- Agricultural cooperatives in Malaysia: innovations and opportunities in the process of transition towards the 21st century model(511) Datoâ€™ Abd. Rahim bin Haji Ahmad
- Agricultural cooperatives in the Philippines(425) Dennis B. Araullo
- Agricultural cooperatives in Taiwan(429) David Lin
- Agricultural cooperatives in Thailand(507) Suwanna Thuvachote
- Agricultural cooperatives in Vietnam(407) Nguyen Van Nghiem
- Seminar Highlights January 31 2007
Participants of the agricultural cooperatives seminar held in NACF, Seoul, Korea