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Milk as a livelihood strategy - Socio-economic impact of dairy cooperative on small hold farmers: A case study from Lalitpur District, Nepal.

Rostirolla, Francisco LU (2017) MIDM19 20171
Department of Human Geography
LUMID International Master programme in applied International Development and Management
Abstract
The purpose of this thesis is to understand the contributions of dairy cooperative to the livelihoods of small hold farmers in the multi-ethnic rural areas of Nepal. In a case study from Lalitpur District, the thesis investigated the members of a cooperative from different social ranks, with the research question ‘To what extent is dairy cooperative contributing to the livelihoods of small hold farmers in Katuwan village?’. A mixed-methods approach was employed, with qualitative data being constructed through individual interviews and quantitative data through questionnaires. The results were analyzed supported by the sustainable livelihoods framework and concepts embedded in it. The findings are that besides limited capacity for managing... (More)
The purpose of this thesis is to understand the contributions of dairy cooperative to the livelihoods of small hold farmers in the multi-ethnic rural areas of Nepal. In a case study from Lalitpur District, the thesis investigated the members of a cooperative from different social ranks, with the research question ‘To what extent is dairy cooperative contributing to the livelihoods of small hold farmers in Katuwan village?’. A mixed-methods approach was employed, with qualitative data being constructed through individual interviews and quantitative data through questionnaires. The results were analyzed supported by the sustainable livelihoods framework and concepts embedded in it. The findings are that besides limited capacity for managing and improving resources, the dairy cooperative is positively contributing to the livelihoods of small hold farmers in Katuwan. The results show that the income of all members have increased and that the lower social group have significantly
benefitted from their membership to the cooperative, with enhanced social capital. The socioeconomic impact due to dairy activity and association has improved the well-being of the members. Farmers and communities could thus benefit from increased support to dairy cooperatives, being of significance for socio-economic development in the multi-ethnic rural areas of Nepal. (Less)
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Rostirolla, Francisco LU
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MIDM19 20171
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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Ethnicity, caste, marginalization, dairy cooperative, sustainable livelihoods framework, socio-economic development, well-being, Nepal
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English
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8906809
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  abstract     = {The purpose of this thesis is to understand the contributions of dairy cooperative to the livelihoods of small hold farmers in the multi-ethnic rural areas of Nepal. In a case study from Lalitpur District, the thesis investigated the members of a cooperative from different social ranks, with the research question ‘To what extent is dairy cooperative contributing to the livelihoods of small hold farmers in Katuwan village?’. A mixed-methods approach was employed, with qualitative data being constructed through individual interviews and quantitative data through questionnaires. The results were analyzed supported by the sustainable livelihoods framework and concepts embedded in it. The findings are that besides limited capacity for managing and improving resources, the dairy cooperative is positively contributing to the livelihoods of small hold farmers in Katuwan. The results show that the income of all members have increased and that the lower social group have significantly
benefitted from their membership to the cooperative, with enhanced social capital. The socioeconomic impact due to dairy activity and association has improved the well-being of the members. Farmers and communities could thus benefit from increased support to dairy cooperatives, being of significance for socio-economic development in the multi-ethnic rural areas of Nepal.},
  author       = {Rostirolla, Francisco},
  keyword      = {Ethnicity,caste,marginalization,dairy cooperative,sustainable livelihoods framework,socio-economic development,well-being,Nepal},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Milk as a livelihood strategy - Socio-economic impact of dairy cooperative on small hold farmers: A case study from Lalitpur District, Nepal.},
  year         = {2017},
}