New ideas put agriculture co-operatives at the heart of rural development

The Guardian (Aug. 26, 2013) | Stalinism and the forced collectivisation practices of the Soviet Union have infused agricultural co-operatives with all sorts of negative historical connotations. The state-controlled model served as inspiration for many developing countries for quite some time and still survives, to some extent, in certain corners of the world. In recent years however, co-operatives have been able to gradually acquire a new positive character.