Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/90498
Authors: 
Fischer, Elisabeth
Qaim, Matin
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Courant Research Centre: Poverty, Equity and Growth - Discussion Papers 48
Abstract: 
This article investigates determinants and impacts of cooperative organization, using the example of smallholder banana farmers in Kenya. Farmer groups are inclusive of the poor, although wealthier households are more likely to join. Employing propensity score matching, we find positive income effects for active group members. Yet price advantages of collective marketing are small, and high-value market potentials have not yet been tapped. Beyond prices, farmer groups function as important catalysts for innovation adoption through promoting efficient information flows. Some wider implications are discussed under what conditions collective action is useful, and through what mechanisms the potential benefits emerge.
Subjects: 
agricultural markets
smallholder farmers
collective action
cooperative organization
Kenya
East-Africa
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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