Introduction

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          Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC)
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INTRODUCTION 
             
 
In late 1992, with special financial and technical support
from FAO and from sister member organizations, COPAC launched
a global study to examine the problem of capital formation in
agricultural cooperatives in developing countries.   
 
The main purpose of this research effort was to undertake
research in selected developing countries and transitional
economies aimed at identifying successful strategies for
mobilizing cooperative capital to finance cooperative business
growth. Research on this issue was conducted in India, Kenya
and Guatemala.   During the 1993-1995 period, COPAC held three
international open fora and workshops on the subject. The
third meeting, held at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy, 8-10
November 1995, is the topic of this report.