Cooperatives and Producer Companies

By Trilochan Sastry   |   Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
Learners enrolled: 1001
This course is about cooperatives also known as Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs). It discusses what a cooperative is, how it helps small producers, and most important, how to set up sustainable, profitable and vibrant FPOs. It is based on empirical evidence from the field. It also discusses the basic principles of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA). 
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Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Start Date : 31 Jan 2021
End Date : 30 Apr 2021
Exam Date :
Enrollment Ends : 28 Feb 2021
Category :
  • Management Studies
Level : Postgraduate

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Course layout

Week 1:

Defining a Cooperative
Cooperative Principles
What is not a Cooperative?
Cooperatives outside India
Why do we need Cooperatives?

Week 2:

Introduction to Forming Cooperatives
Role of NGOs
Challenges faced by NGOs
Pool and Sell Model
Quality Assessment
Promoting Agency and the Cooperative

Week 3:

Initial Operations for Promoting Cooperatives
Financing a Cooperative
Suggestions for a better functioning Cooperative
Mistakes to be avoided for a better functioning Cooperative
Marketing and Organizational Framework for a Cooperative
Pool, Process, Store and Sell Model
The Way Forward

Instructor bio

Trilochan Sastry

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
Professor Trilochan Sastry, B. Tech IIT Delhi, MBA IIM Ahmedabad and PhD MIT, is a former Dean of IIMB and former Board member of IIMB, NABARD and currently on the Board of Nucleus Software Exports. He founded the Centre for Collective Development (www.ccd.ngo) and Farmveda (www.farmveda.in ), two social ventures that establish cooperatives and market branded food products. All profits go to farmers. CCD has been operational since 2004 and as of 2019 had organized over 25000 farmers with a focus on marketing and value addition. These Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) have grown and made profits since inception without any subsidy. The MOOCS Course is based on extensive field for 15 years, and from observation and participation in many other initiatives beyond CCD, and with Governments, Donor Agencies and International Agencies. It is also based on a course on Social Entrepreneurship taught at IIM Bangalore. He is also the founder and Chairman of the Association for Democratic Reforms (www.adrindia.org ) which works on improving elections and politics in India in a non-partisan manner.

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