Re-imagining Rural Cooperation in Atlantic Canada


  • Greg Cameron Dalhousie University
  • Louise Hanavan Dalhousie University; Mount Saint Vincent University



Agricultural Cooperatives, Cooperative Councils, Marketing Cooperatives, Supply Cooperatives, Service Cooperatives, Production Cooperatives, Traditional And New Cooperatives, Atlantic Canada


As they struggle to be competitive in a global market economy, agricultural cooperatives in Atlantic Canada appear to be in overall decline, shrinking in both numbers and members. This strategic policy analysis looks at what new role the remaining agricultural cooperatives might play in a more regionalized marketplace. Using a mixed methods approach we gathered secondary data and interviewed key leaders and managers in the agricultural cooperative community in Atlantic Canada. Results suggest that while progress is being made to decommodify and develop new value-added products and regionally oriented supply chains, a transition to a more sustainable regional economic cooperative model is elusive and not likely to come about without a more localized rural cooperative system uniting all agricultural cooperatives, together with greater unity between the provincial cooperative councils.


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Author Biographies

Greg Cameron, Dalhousie University

Department of Business and Social Sciences; Rural Research Centre, Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University; 56-58 Rock Garden Road, P.O. Box 550; Truro, Nova Scotia B2N 5E3 Canada.

Louise Hanavan, Dalhousie University; Mount Saint Vincent University

Rural Research Centre, Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture; Department of Applied Human Nutrition, Mount Saint Vincent University.



How to Cite

Cameron, G., & Hanavan, L. (2014). Re-imagining Rural Cooperation in Atlantic Canada. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 4(3), 29–45.



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