Farming Matters | September 2012
Farmers’ organisations can play important roles in developing supply
management schemes and various income insurance programmes. Farmers can
learn from each other, about production, marketing, rights, etc., and
join a platform to learn about others’ experiences.
As a group, farmers can exercise more political pressure for change.
Yet, even though there are many potential benefits for small-scale
farmers who become organised, the logistics and governance of farming
organisations can be problematic. Farmer organisations do not
automatically benefit everyone in the community: are they, for example,
open to everyone, including female farmers?
This issue of Farming Matters pays
special attention to farmers’ organisations. In what different ways do
farmers organise? What problems exist in farmers’ organisations and how
are these dealt with?
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