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Objectives’ alignment between members and agricultural cooperatives

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  • François Bareille

    (SMART-LERECO, AGROCAMPUS OUEST, INRA)

  • Florence Bonnet-Beaugrand

    (ONIRIS)

  • Sabine Duvaleix-Tréguer

    () (SMART-LERECO, AGROCAMPUS OUEST, INRA)

Abstract

Abstract Members’ commitment lessens when agricultural cooperatives grow larger. Their organization becomes more complex, and their membership more heterogeneous, which threatens their sustainability and leads them to implement specific mechanisms for collective decisions. We explore how the alignment of objectives between a multi-purpose cooperative and its members influences member commitment. We estimate a multinomial probit model on a cross-section sample of 3205 members from a large agricultural cooperative in France. We assess the determinants of member commitment through four factors: the offer of new agricultural practices, the availability of outlets and supplies to members, the farm distance to the cooperative headquarters and the farm governance. We show that the adoption of new agricultural practices has a small but significant effect. The availability of outlets and supplies has the strongest effect on the economic involvement of the farmers. Other determinants, such as farm governance or geographical distance to the cooperative headquarters, also reinforce member commitment.

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  • François Bareille & Florence Bonnet-Beaugrand & Sabine Duvaleix-Tréguer, 2017. "Objectives’ alignment between members and agricultural cooperatives," Review of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Studies, Springer, vol. 98(1), pages 75-91, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:roafes:v:98:y:2017:i:1:d:10.1007_s41130-017-0048-3
    DOI: 10.1007/s41130-017-0048-3
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    Keywords

    Agricultural cooperatives; Member commitment; Farm innovation; Economic involvement;

    JEL classification:

    • Q13 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Markets and Marketing; Cooperatives; Agribusiness
    • C35 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions

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