Agricultural Cooperatives in the Netherlands: Key Success Factors

Quebec International Summit of Co-operatives 2016

Knowledge level: Introductory

Farm Table says:

This paper discusses the five reasons for the ongoing success of agricultural cooperatives in the Netherlands.

The key factors this document looks at are:

  • historical
  • enabling legislation
  • effective member control
  • membership homogeneity
  • life cycle of (federative) cooperatives

The key external factor for success has been the enabling legislation. The legal framework allowing for effective member control and ability for innovation in governance that maintains and strengthens member control.

2016 - Netherlands - Quebec International Summit of Co-operatives 2016
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