Special Issue "Agricultural Cooperative in the Face of the Challenges of Globalization, Sustainability and Digitalization"

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Agricultural Economics, Policies and Rural Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Adoración Mozas Moral
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Department of Business Organization, Marketing and Sociology, Faculty of Social and Legal Sciences, University of Jaén, Jaén, Spain
Interests: sustainability; social economy; SDG; sustainable management and entrepreneurship
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Dr. Domingo Fernandez Ucles
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Guest Editor
Department of Business Organization, Marketing and Sociology, Faculty of Social and Legal Sciences, University of Jaen, Jaen, Spain
Interests: social economy; agriculture; innovation; social media; organic products
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The enormous contribution of agricultural cooperative societies to the rural world has not gone unnoticed. This is corroborated by many international entities such as the International Cooperative Alliance, COPA-COGECA, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the United Nations Inter-Agency Working Group on Social and Solidarity Economy and CIRIEC International.

The International Cooperative Alliance estimates that 12% of the world's population is linked to one of the 3 million cooperatives that exist worldwide, most of them linked to rural areas. Therefore, cooperative societies are not a marginal phenomenon.

In relation to the role played by agricultural cooperatives in the world, it should be said that the agricultural cooperative is an enterprise unconditionally and stably linked to the rural environment, to the farmer and the stockbreeder. For this reason, it plays a leading role in the local economy and in the fixation of the population to the territory, thus contributing to the balance and management of the territory, which makes them true agents of rural development. On the other hand, cooperative societies have been the guarantors of the structuring of agriculture in rural areas in many countries. These organizations constitute the main structured, organized, professionalized and stable network established throughout the territory, in contact with the rural environment, with the capacity to communicate with and influence farmers and stockbreeders. They directly or indirectly provide much of the employment in the rural world and cooperative societies by nature develop their activity under cooperative principles and values that make them exponents of socially responsible enterprises and, therefore, are the key to sustainable development, as promulgated by the United Nations through the SDGs.

The aim of this Special Issue is to highlight the importance of agricultural cooperatives in the face of the challenges of globalization, sustainability and digitalization in rural areas.

Thus, this Special Issue presents different approaches to the object of analysis:

  • sustainability of the planet and agricultural cooperativism;
  • new models of agricultural cooperativism;
  • value chain and agricultural cooperatives;
  • food safety and traceability;
  • role of cooperatives in the ecological transition;
  • circular economy and agricultural cooperativism;
  • rural development through cooperatives;
  • sustainable tourism and cooperativism;
  • sustainable entrepreneurship, social innovation and cooperativism;
  • bioeconomy, green economy and cooperativism;
  • protection of people, human rights, social exclusion and cooperativism in rural areas;
  • decent work, economic growth and cooperativism;
  • responsible production and consumption and cooperativism;
  • prosperity, economic development, diversification and agricultural cooperativism;
  • women, equality and agricultural cooperativism;
  • Digital revolution, digitalization and collaborative economy through and agricultural cooperativism;
  • governance and agricultural cooperativism;
  • partnerships, public policies and agricultural cooperativism;
  • analysis of the contribution of agricultural cooperativism to the SDGs;
  • marketing and internationalisation.

These topics are the main ones, but they do not exclude others from being contributed.

Dr. Adoración Mozas Moral
Dr. Domingo Fernandez Ucles
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agriculture is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • agricultural cooperativism
  • social economy
  • value chain
  • safety and traceability
  • territorial and/or sustainable development
  • SDGs
  • sustainability
  • circular economy
  • sustainable tourism
  • diversification
  • bioeconomy
  • digitalization
  • innovation
  • partnerships
  • public policy
  • protection of human rights
  • implications for economic development
  • indicators and sustainability
  • gender perspective
  • governance

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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