A Matter of People

Co-operative Dairying in India and Zimbabwe



India's "Anand pattern" dairy co-operatives are widely used as a developmental model for dairy farming in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. However, they have been criticized for their limited benefits to the poorest members of society, their effects on rural women's work, and their use of capital-intensive imported technology. This book assesses the Kheda dairy co-operative in Gujarat that was the inspiration for the Anand pattern, and uses case studies from the Indian state of Kerala to question the current drive to replicate the Anand pattern.


An informative critique of India's government-sponsored milk cooperative movement. An interesting introduction to village life in India and Zimbabwe in addition to an analysis of dairy cooperatives. - Choice


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