Women’s Cooperatives in Greece: An On-going Story of Battles, Successes and Problems Report as inadecuate

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Women’s cooperatives are the most original type of cooperatives in Greecein terms of planning, organization and management, aimed at increasingtheir family income and upgrading their social status. In most cases, nationalor European Union projects financed the cooperatives. The aim ofthis article is to examine the women’s cooperatives and identify the factorsthat exhorted farm-women to join them, the effects of such a decision ontheir lives, as well as the problems they faced during their operation. Fortyout of seventy-one cooperatives were examined by means of a structuredquestionnaire in February 2000. The results indicate that the participationof farm-women in these cooperatives provided them a source of income andgave them independence, power of control and self-esteem. However, effortsmust be made in order that their members consider them as enterprisesthat can operate, survive and develop in a competitive environment.

Keywords: Women’s cooperatives ; Women’s agrotourist cooperatives ; Farmwomen ; Greece.

Subject(s): Agribusiness

Issue Date: 2003

Publication Type: Journal Article

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/59774 Published in: Journal of Rural Cooperation, Volume 31, Number 1 Page range: 47-57

Total Pages: 12

Record appears in: Hebrew University of Jerusalem > Center for Agricultural Economic Research > Journal of Rural Cooperation

Author: Koutsou, Stavriani ; Iakovidou, Olga ; Gotsinas, Nicolas

Source: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/59774?ln=en

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