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A matter of people : co-operative dairying in India and Zimbabwe

Author: Shanti George
Publisher: Delhi ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1994.
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India's 'Anand pattern' dairy co-operatives are widely held to be a developmental model for Asia, Africa and Latin America, but have been criticized for their limited benefits to the poorest, their effect on rural women's work, and their use of capital-intensive imported technology. This book assesses the Kheda dairy co-operative in Gujarat that supposedly inspired the Anand pattern, and uses case studies from
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George, Shanti.
Matter of people.
Delhi ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1994
(OCoLC)608589930
Online version:
George, Shanti.
Matter of people.
Delhi ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1994
(OCoLC)621792543
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Shanti George
ISBN: 0195631668 9780195631661
OCLC Number: 32237026
Description: xx, 540 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. People and Cows in India and Zimbabwe. Ch. 2. Studying village Dairy Co-operatives --
pt. 1. The Social Contexts of Small-Scale Dairying. Ch. 3. Cattle and Ten Households in the Hills of Kerala, India. Ch. 4. Cattle in the Social World of a Zimbabwe Village --
pt. 2. Anand Pattern Dairy Co-Operatives. Ch. 5. The Kheda Cooperative and the Anand Pattern. Ch. 6. Gender, Technology and Class in Milk Co-operatives --
pt. 3. Diffusing Anand. Ch. 7. A Successful Anand Pattern Co-operative in the Kerala Hills. Ch. 8. A Hypothetical Anand Pattern Co-operative in a Central Kerala Village --
pt. 4. Beyond Anand in India. Ch. 9. Comparing the Kheda and Choryasi Dairy Co-operatives. Ch. 10. A Comparative Overview of the Choryasi Co-operative. Ch. 11. Eleven Villages which supply the Choryasi Co-operative --
pt. 5. Beyond Anand in Zimbabwe. Ch. 12. The Dairy Development Programme in Three Areas of Zimbabwe. Ch. 13. A Crisis of Participation in a Zimbabwean Village.
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India's 'Anand pattern' dairy co-operatives are widely held to be a developmental model for Asia, Africa and Latin America, but have been criticized for their limited benefits to the poorest, their effect on rural women's work, and their use of capital-intensive imported technology. This book assesses the Kheda dairy co-operative in Gujarat that supposedly inspired the Anand pattern, and uses case studies from another Indian state, Kerala, to question the drive to 'replicate Anand'. It discusses the long-established and successful Choryasi dairy co-operative (also in Gujarat), that uses intermediate technology but has not been adopted as a model. The book then moves to an African country, Zimbabwe, where the Dairy Development Programme has tried to learn both from the 'Anand pattern' and from critics, in its efforts to set up locally appropriate dairy cooperatives.

Most studies of dairy co-operatives in India focus on the word 'dairy' - on milk, cows, and technical and organizational aspects, possibly because animal scientists and dairy technologists dominate the field. But what of 'co-operation', the complex economic, social and political process that can bring together different communities, castes, classes, households, genders and generations? This book tries to argue for a sustainable development which takes the human factor into account. A Matter of People is scholarly as conception and presentation but reads like an exciting novel.

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