Socio-Economic Analysis Of Cooperative Business Management In Abia State, Nigeria
The widespread advocacy of support for small-scale farmers and cooperative organizations, most of which have sufficiently demonstrated economic efficiency, appear justified both on equity and economic grounds. The foregoing premise informed the socio-economic analysis of cooperative societies operating in Abia State. Various aspects of the organizational structure of the groups were investigated to ascertain their implications for predictability of human relations, members' communication behaviour and groups performance. Major instruments used in data collection were the questionnaire and interview schedule. Data obtained showed evidence of positive disposition to joining cooperatives by Abia people. Sensitivity to family care responsibilities was found to be a motivating factor influencing participation in cooperatives. Gender was not a barrier to cooperative membership. The middle aged and middle income dominated membership of the groups. Given the high relevance of cooperatives as instruments of economic self reliance and empowerment, policy initiatives that would strengthen these groups are recommended..
Keywords: Economic rationality, Socio-economic differential, Group formation.
Journal of Agriculture and Food Sciences Vol. 5 (1) 2007: pp. 65-80