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CTA. 1992. Plunkett Foundation. Spore 37. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The Plunkett Foundation provides a wide range of services in support of the sustainable development of new and established people-centred businesses, particularly cooperative enterprises and farmer controlled organizations. Its aims are to improve...
The Plunkett Foundation provides a wide range of services in support of the sustainable development of new and established people-centred businesses, particularly cooperative enterprises and farmer controlled organizations. Its aims are to improve the performance of cooperatives and so strengthen their capacity to provide member benefits; to facilitate the exchange of experience in, and information about, cooperatives; to encourage the adoption of farmer-centred approaches in rural development; and to develop strategies that will lead to the removal of constraints upon the development of independent self-sustaining people-centred businesses. Training courses, workshops � and seminars are held in developing countries all over the world for cooperatives and their support organizations, governments and NGOs: short-term advisory posts and longer-term project management assignments are undertaken by experienced personnel drawn from a register of over 230 specialist consultants and trainers: and study programmes in the UK offer individuals and groups a unique combination of training, working visits and study projects for personal development and skills experience. Policy studies carried out by the Foundation, and reports which evaluate its field-based research, are published and disseminated along with numerous other publications. A mail-order catalogue describes the selection of over 200 cooperative and rural development titles available. Amongst the foundation's own most recent publications are the Yearbook of cooperative enterprise, which each year presents original work on cooperative management and development issues, Farmer-centred enterprise for agricultural development by Trevor Bottomley and Cooperative law in practice by Peter Yeo. An extensive library, which specializes in agricultural cooperation and international rural development, holds over 20,000 books, journals and reports. The collection represents a valuable information resource for development and research activities and forms the basis of the Foundation's information and advisory services. Modern telecommunications and computing facilities help in the dissemination of material from this information centre. Associates of the foundation are kept up-to-date with the latest initiatives and have priority in accessing its specialist resources. Collectively they form an international network of individuals and organizations with common interests, activities and goals. Established in 1919 as an independent educational trust with charitable status, the Foundation is a non-profitmaking organization which is financed by income derived from work undertaken, subscriptions and donations. Plunkett Foundation 23 Hanborough Business Park Long Hanborough, Oxford OX7 2LH, UK