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A farmer’s son deliberates on the cooperative decision

[Editor's Note: Last year, I attended the Anantpur Cooperative Federation Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Gutturu village of Anantpur district (Andhra Pradesh). Conversations with a few farmers and related observations provided valuable insights into the workings of a farmer cooperative and the healthy dynamic between Center for Collective Development (CCD) and the cooperative. This is a (11-months delayed) […]

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Decades after White Revolution Gujarat gearing up for Blue Revolution

All revolutions don’t have to be red in color. Milk is white and water is blue. – Old jungle saying [Editor's Note: Meera Sanyal, CEO of RBS India who contested parliament elections in 2009 as an independent candidate in South Mumbai, went on a 15-day field trip to Gujarat in Mar 2012. She wrote a wonderful […]

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Observations from a farmer cooperative AGM

[Editor's Note: Earlier this month I was invited by Dr. Trilochan Sastry to attend the Anantpur Cooperative Federation Annual General Meeting (AGM). The meeting, held at the cooperative-owned groundnut processing mill in Gutturu village of Anantpur district (Andhra Pradesh), was both educational and inspirational. The meeting lasted nearly 3 hours and ended with a sumptuous lunch for everyone. […]

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Ford Foundation supported Farmers Cooperative seeks Head of Marketing

[Editor's Note: Last week I was invited by Dr. Trilochan Sastry to attend the Anantpur Cooperative Federation Annual General Meeting. The meeting, held at the cooperative-owned groundnut processing mill in Gutturu (Andhra Pradesh), was inspirational and provided valuable insights into how a cooperative can have a big impact on the lives of small plot farmers in drought-prone regions. […]

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Ragpicker Chronicles: how a cooperative transformed their lives

 [Editor's Note: This is Part 2 of a 3-part series on a unique urban cooperative organization - an evolution from a 'Convention of 800 Ragpickers' to a registered trade union and finally to its current form. Part 1 was Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat.] In this post, I present 3 stories. Three stories (from KKPKP’s […]

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Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP)

 [Editor's Note: This is the first of a 3-part series on a unique urban cooperative organization - an evolution from a 'Convention of 800 Ragpickers' to a registered trade union and finally to its current form.] Panchayats and cooperatives are associated with rural India, right? Or so I thought until I started reading up on […]

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Rebooting IAS an essential part of Reforms 2.0

[Editor's Note: One of my favorite policy wonks and Indian foreign policy expert, Nitin Pai, has often argued that the top item on India's todo list is Reforms 2.0. To the long list of second generation reforms, we propose that a sacred cow from India's colonial past also be reformed - Indian Administrative Service (IAS). […]

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The many lives of Trilochan Sastry – academic, social activist, social entrepreneur

[Editor's Note: Over the past few months, I had a series of conversations with Dr. Trilochan Sastry (Academic Dean, IIM-Bangalore). His academic pedigree is as blue-chip as it can get - B.Tech from IIT-Delhi, Ph.D from MIT, MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad, over a decade as faculty at IIM-Ahmedabad before moving to IIM-Bangalore in 2003. This blog post […]

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Establishing commodity cooperatives – role of promoting organizations

[Editor's Note: This is the final part of a 7-part series on commodity cooperatives in drought prone regions, originally authored as a pre-published paper by Dr. Trilochan Sastry (Academic Dean, IIM-Bangalore and social entrepreneur/activist). Dr. Sastry is shaping a new model for farmer owned-and-run commodity cooperatives in Andhra Pradesh through Center for Collective Development (CCD), […]

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Establishing commodity cooperatives – promoter philosophy, leadership and cooperative rules

[Editor's Note: This is part 6 of a 7-part series on commodity cooperatives in drought prone regions, originally authored as a pre-published paper by Dr. Trilochan Sastry (Academic Dean, IIM-Bangalore and social entrepreneur/activist). Dr. Sastry is shaping a new model for farmer owned-and-run commodity cooperatives in Andhra Pradesh through Center for Collective Development (CCD), a […]

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