Enhancing Development through Cooperatives

AIMs

  • To develop projects for starting-up and scaling-up cooperative agribusiness in Africa.
  • To develop assessment and training/consulting tools, and a network of Africa-based researchers and practitioners for supporting these projects.

APPROACH

Research-driven training events and consulting services to bridge and align local-rural leaders and inter/national policymakers, for the development of projects geared to increase cooperatives' :

  • business/membership ratio
  • managerial capital
  • dividends/investments ratio
  • market orientation
  • business specialization

ACHIEVEMENTS

Since 2008, EDC has:

  • collected data on 1,300 cooperatives from 10 African countries
  • produced 21 peer-reviewed publications
  • held 10 training events for 600 cooperators & 80 policymakers from 6 African countries
  • provided consulting services to 21 coops, 7 donors, 5 NGOs, 4 firms, 4 Univ., 3 CGIAR.
  • built a network of researchers, trainers and consultants from 9 African countries
  • contributed to success stories (pdf) (online) and development impact
  • obtained accreditation by the AMEA Global Alliance
  • obtained membership of the CIRIEC International Scientific Network