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Factors Influencing Farmers' Decision To Join Agricultural Co-Operative In Rural Ethiopia


Lack of access to markets is among the serious impediments that Ethiopian smallholder- subsistent farmers face in order to produce marketable surplus. Agricultural cooperatives try to address the problem of market access and input supply by mobilizing the resources and products of their members. One of the factors for co-operatives to achieve their objective is a broad membership base, which is also a goal set by the different development strategies of the government of Ethiopia. This study tries to identify the factors that affect the decision of farmers to be members of cooperatives. The study used a survey data that covers 1117 households from eight Weredas within seven regions. We employed the probit model and identified several characteristics of the household head and the household itself to affect probability of cooperative membership. Accordingly, it is found that sex and education level of the household head, possession of radio, access to cooperatives within the kebele and access to market are significant factors that determine households' membership in a cooperative

Corporate Author: 
Getnet Alemu & Worku Gebeyehu (Editor) & Ethiopian Economic Association/Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute
Ethiopian Economic Association (EEA)
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Market access

Geographic Descriptors: 
Ethiopia, Rural
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Broad Subject heading: 
Agricultural cooperatives
Call Number: 
330.963 PRO 2011
Serial Key Title: 
Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy
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Publication date: 
2013-06-27 23:11:00
Forum or Discussion date: 
2013-02-27 15:43:18
Place of publication: 
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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