The role of democratic governance to cooperative economic performance: An Analysis Of Survey Data Fr
1 November 2022
(2020) study of productivity of PNG coffee cooperatives, which addressed the question of whether the small size of each member of the cooperative would make them uncompetitive in the global coffee market at least in terms of the productivity of the immediate producers in cooperatives. [...] Some quick facts4 on the importance of cooperatives would be useful: • There are more than 1.2 billion cooperative members in the world; • One in every six people on the planet are members of the any of the 3 million cooperatives in the world; • The top 300 cooperatives and mutuals in the world report a total turnover of 2.1 trillion USD; and, • In Oceania, 38 percent of the population are co-op m. [...] The government agencies responsible for cooperative development in PNG – the Coffee Industry Corporation Ltd and the Registrar of Cooperatives, were instrumental in the selection and invitation of the cooperative officials to take part in the study. [...] These speak to the capacity of cooperatives to become competitive in terms of productivity and the quality of the coffee produced and processed, given the resources and decision under their control, and their capacity to improve the wellbeing of their members and the communities of their members, whilst remaining competitive. [...] However, in this study, we make use of survey data on different aspects of cooperative governance in these sample coffee cooperatives (related to the principles and values stipulated by the International Cooperative Alliance) to examine the relationship between productivity in the sample cooperatives and the extent to which the sample cooperatives adhered to certain important aspects of cooperativ.