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The Rise of New Farmer Cooperatives in China: Evidence from Hubei Province

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  • Bijman, Jos
  • Hu, Dinghuan

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Since the late 1990s, the number of farmer cooperatives in China has rapidly grown. The adoption of the national law on farmer professional cooperatives in 2007 has led to significant governmental support for the establishment and management of farmer professional cooperatives. This paper explores the organizational features of the newly established cooperatives as well as the services they provide to their members. Particular attention is given to the role of local entrepreneurs in grouping farmers and in acquiring support from local and regional state agencies. The paper is based on data about a group of 200 agriculture and aquaculture cooperatives in Hubei Province, central China.

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  • Bijman, Jos & Hu, Dinghuan, 2011. "The Rise of New Farmer Cooperatives in China: Evidence from Hubei Province," Journal of Rural Cooperation, Hebrew University, Center for Agricultural Economic Research, vol. 39(2).
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    1. Jos Bijman & Markus Hanisch & Ger Sangen, 2014. "Shifting Control? The Change of Internal Governance in Agricultural Cooperatives in the EU," Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 85(4), pages 641-661, December.
    2. Abebe Ejigu Alemu & Miet Maertens & Jozef Deckers & Hans Bauer & Erik Mathijs, 2016. "Impact of supply chain coordination on honey farmers’ income in Tigray, Northern Ethiopia," Agricultural and Food Economics, Springer;Italian Society of Agricultural Economics (SIDEA), vol. 4(1), pages 1-21, December.
    3. Sultan, Tursinbek & Wolz, Axel, 2012. "Agricultural Cooperative Development in China and Vietnam since Decollectivization: A Multi-Stakeholder Approach," Journal of Rural Cooperation, Hebrew University, Center for Agricultural Economic Research, vol. 40(2).
    4. Alemu, Abebe Ejigu & Adesina, Jimi, 2015. "Effects of cooperatives and contracts on rural income and production in the dairy supply chains: Evidence from Northern Ethiopia," African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, African Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 10(4), December.

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