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Title:Cooperatives and agricultural development: a case study of groundnut farmers in western Sudan
Authors:Abdelrahman, Ali H.
Smith, Cathy
Periodical:The Community Development Journal: An International Journal for Community Workers
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:agricultural cooperatives
income distribution
small farms
groundnut oil
External link:http://cdj.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/31/1/13
Abstract:This study investigates income differences among small-scale farmers in the traditional sector of the Sudan, and especially the success of agricultural cooperatives in influencing farmers' net income. The data are derived from fieldwork carried out in 1993 in En Nahud district, where groundnut is the principal cash crop. Agricultural cooperatives can potentially increase their members' groundnut production by providing them with credit and modern inputs. As a result, net income increases. A comparison of the net income from groundnut production of members and nonmembers of agricultural cooperatives in En Nahud district shows that the net incomes of members are higher than those of nonmembers. This finding strongly supports the use of cooperatives as a means to promote agricultural development. Bibliogr.