In the business world, only a small proportion of start-ups manage to survive, grow and become formidable enterprises. The overall domain environment of Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) is characterized by complexity which exacerbates the difficulty faced by any start-up. FPOs make up for limited capital of an individual farmer, whereby they learn to control their economic activities and tend to build a huge possibility of constructive can-do approach among themselves. Unlike privately owned start-ups, FPOs need to manage the social dynamics of their members which at times brings with it an inevitable incursion of politics in a democratic polity.
The book attempts to identify the nature of challenges faced by FPOs and provides an understanding of factors that can boost sustained growth. This practical guide is useful for everyone who wishes to build viable FPOs as well as for the corporates, policy makers and academicians who can raise pertinent issues to ensure FPOs become financially viable.
“Despite the game-changing potential FPOs have in improving the lot of small farmers, a majority of them are struggling even to stay afloat. Unlike most publications that only lament about this state of affairs, this book actually diagnoses the reasons for such a situation by systematically identifying the unique challenges FPOs face. And then goes further to prescribe a solution in a seven-level viability framework for calibrated action by the Promoters of FPOs. Both the writing style and examples are kept simple, making it easy for the practitioners at all levels to absorb the ideas and implement them.”
S. Sivakumar (Group Head, Agri & IT Businesses, ITC Limited)
“This book is well timed and very relevant to anyone interested in rural India. With the pandemic, the strategic importance of Agriculture and Food Supply Chain and role of Farmer Producer Organizations (FPO) is more central than ever. The political economy of food consumption requires supply of new institutions to unshackle the low equilibrium trap of farm economy. We at NAFPO are building a complementary FPO ecosystem to address comprehensively the challenges of FPO community, with NAFPO, authors have been generous in offering a comprehensive programme for promoters and management of FPOs. We intend to use this book, full of insights and practical to-dos in making of viable FPOs, extensively in our engagement with promoting institutions, policy makers.”
Anish Kumar (Trustee, NAFPO)
“Drawn mainly from the principles of cooperation and experiences of Indian cooperatives this book fills the gap of conceptual clarity that the FPO initiative was looking for so badly. Building any community owned enterprise is a challenge irrespective of its legal format, i.e., cooperative or producer company. At the end of the day it is an enterprise with too many stakeholders with diverse interests, socio-political baggages and also members with no interest at all. Inherited with such complex dynamics, the life of an FPO frontline worker swings like pendulum between excitement and joy to frustration and depression. I think this book will help them balance their life.”
Ashis Mondal (Director, Action for Social Advancement)