Together we re still strong
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CTA. 2002. Together we?re still strong. Spore 99. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Cooperatives and poverty alleviation By J A Banturaki, Tema Publishers, 2000. 160 pp. ISBN 9987250227 GBP 8.95 Euro 14.40
Time has passed since the cooperative movement in Tanzania was established and celebrated. Nowadays, many would argue that cooperatives have lost their use for alleviating rural poverty too much associated with old-fashioned socialist ideals. Jovin Banturaki conducted an extensive study on the cooperative movement as it is today in Tanzania. The data collection is impressive. He covered 24 cooperative societies (most focusing on agricultural marketing, some on production, savings, consumer interests) and 1614 rural cooperatives in 4 regions in Tanzania mainland. He touches the sore spots, such as weak organisational set-ups, mismanagement, weak legislation and bureaucracy in cooperatives and government support structures, but emphasises the advantages of cooperatives potential for rural development and sees them as practical and dynamic actors in alleviating rural poverty too. The book concludes with an extensive list of recommendations. Cooperatives need to become more competitive, the capital base and leadership structures need improvement and transparency, and a more conducive legislation, are but a few examples. Cooperatives and poverty alleviation By J A Banturaki, Tema Publishers, 2000. 160 pp. ISBN 9987250227 GBP 8.95 Euro 14.40 African Books Collective Ltd The Jam Factory, 27 Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1HU, UK Fax: + 44 1865 79 32 98 Email: email@example.com