Cote d'Ivoire: Societe des Cooperatives Agricoles d'Agboville, INFO-COOP, 1996

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                         July, 1996

     (Source: INFO-COOP, Issue No.9, July, 1996, p.17-18)

                         COTE-D'IVOIRE

               Societe des Cooperatives Agricoles 
                      d'Agboville  (SCABO)
                          A reflection
                                by 
                          Faye  Maurice
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Co-operative and Development
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A co-operative is an association of persons having common
needs who voluntary decide to meet these needs through the
creation and the management of an enterprise. 

Since their emergence in the world, co-operatives have
remained one of the surest means through which members can
achieve self- promotion. It is an association of persons based
on the values of self-help and solidarity. Its primary
objective is to improve the social and economic condition of
its members. 

Today co-operatives are by far the most popular form of
organisation that efficiently meet the actual needs of rural
communities.

A balanced combination of human, material and financial
factors should allow members of a co-operative to
quantitatively and sustainably improve their living
conditions. Co-operatives are therefore a precious economic
and social development instrument.

But the achievement of the desired change ultimately entails a
sound organisation, administration and management.

All these must be done in a highly democratic, consistent and
efficient way. Under such circumstances, a co-operative will
inevitably foster development, that is not only help its
members achieve economic and social progress, but also best
serve the interests of the general public. This translates
into a commitment through which the co-operative asserts
itself, achieves results and gives satisfaction.
Unfortunately, the success of a co-operative is not measured
in these terms alone. The achievements are often dependant on
external factors such as  the political, social and economic
environment. 

For a co-operative to bring about a positive change, it must
be set free from government interference. Members should be
free to manage and make decisions they think fit. They should
be able to decide objectively on major development policy
lines based on  their needs. This entails a clear definition
of the activities of the co-operatives, the determination of
the economic and social benefits, a development of new
resources, the awareness of the risks attached to the sector
of activity, the increase of the yield and the use of
resources.

The co-operative must be able to identify positive elements to
capitalise on, and to design economic programmes and projects.
It must always be anxious to anticipate and solve problems
relating to management and members, such as mismanagement,
corruption, lack of planning, of control, poverty of members,
lack of motivation, non involvement of members in the
decision-making process.

It can be said that a co-operative that operates in a healthy
environment, under an appropriate legislation, with rational
modern management techniques will surely foster development.
It represents a significant and positive organisation of the
private sector in the economy of a country: it significantly
contributes to the achievement of social progress. 

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Name:                    Societe des Cooperatives Agricoles
                         d'Agboville    
Acronym:                 SCAGBO    
Address:                 BP 717 AGBOVILLE    
Telephone:               (225) 51-74-50 
Date of Establishment:   25 May 1983    
Affiliated Unions:       ACI-BRAO / UNECA-CI 
Primary Co-operatives:   68   
Individual Members:      5,000     
Chairman of MC:          TCHIMOU N'DORY 
Managing Director:       M'BO Achy Bernard   

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