3rd Annual Research Conference, 11th - 12th July, 2016 Hangzhou, China

Business models for agricultural co-operatives: implications for sustainability

Smallholder farmers are responsible for the majority of agricultural production in emerging economics. The food production system is characterised by fragmented supply chains and inefficient production. Information asymmetry in food supply chains mean that farmers typically receive low incomes, stymying rural development. Cooperatives are hybrid organisations that have both, economic and social missions and play an increasingly important role in emerging economies such as Brazil, Colombia, South Africa and China. Policy makers lack systematic analysis of the economic, social and environmental impacts of cooperative business models initiated by smallholders. Addressing the challenges, the Business, Nature and Value (BNV) annual conference will bring together experienced and young researchers from around the world to explore how different types of coops can sustain their distinctiveness as profit making social movements and avoid degeneration towards the private interest of corporate forms.

Objectives:

  1. To identify and characterize the different types of cooperatives commonly seen in emerging economies;
  2. To evaluate the effectiveness, sustainability and long-term impacts of different types of cooperatives and their role in the supply chain. Addressing issues of equity, governance, power distribution, heterogeneity of members, environmental impact, upgrading and scaling up and how all these factors affect the generation and capture of value by the coops in the supply chain;

To achieve the objectives, the workshop will involve the presentation of key subjects by researchers from developed and developing countries; presentation of relevant research funding and dissemination sources by senior academics; paper/abstract presentations by young early career researchers, and interactive group activities to identify common interests and linkages with the workshop key themes. Cultural events and welcome dinners are planned for the evenings. An optional tour to local cooperatives is planned for the second day. The BNV conference provides a forum to develop networks to discuss opportunities for future research, collaborative publication opportunities and grant applications. Most important of all, a case database on co-operative models in emerging economies will emerge from this forum for cross-border learning by co-ops and policy makers. This year, the BNV annual conference will be held at Qizhen Hotel, Zi Jin Gang campus of Zhejiang University where Centre for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) is located. CARD is established and guided jointly by the State Ministry of Education, Zhejiang Province Government and Zhejiang University, a multi-disciplinary and open research organization in which the responsibility systems of the Executive Board and Director-General have been introduced. The Centre offers several programs at the different levels in agricultural economics and management, including postdoctoral, Ph.D., master degree and visiting research programs. The Centre is ranked No. 1 in agricultural economics and management discipline in China and has more than 200 students, of whom 40 are doctoral candidates. For more details about the Centre for Agricultural and Rural Development, please click here.

Conference Venue

Qi Zhen Hotel 12th Floor, Zhejiang University Zi Jin Gang Campus, Hangzhou, China Zhejiang University is located in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, a beautiful and prosperous province in southeastern China with rich cultural heritage as well as fine traditional products such as silk and tea. Honored as "the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world" by the Italian traveler Marco Polo, Hangzhou was the capital of China in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). The Zi Jin Gang Campus is located at the northwest of the city and it is the main campus of Zhejiang University. Please visit Tripadvisor for more information about Hangzhou.

Directions to Qi Zhen Hotel, Zhejiang University Zi Jin Gang Campus

Transportation

The airport for Hangzhou from outside China will be Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Complimentary pick-up by CARD Zhejiang University is arranged for delegates arriving on 10th July. If you can’t arrive on that day, you shall need the following information for directions to the conference venue Qi Zhen hotel, depending on where you travel from.

By plane

The closest airport to Zhejiang University Zi Jin Gang Campus is Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport

Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport

Option 1: Taxi (1 hour) The Zhejiang University Zi Jin Gang Campus Qi Zhen Hotel is approximately one hour drive (52km) from Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport. The fastest way to Zhejiang University Zi Jin Gang Campus is by taxi and taxi fare is about RMB 150.

Option 2: Airport bus + Taxi (1.5-2 hours) From the Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, take the Airport bus into the city area called Wulinmen (the last stop), it takes about one hour (38km) and costs RMB 10. Then take taxi from Wulinmen to Zhejiang University Zi Jin Gang Campus Qi Zhen Hotel, it takes about 35 minutes (9km) and costs RMB 40.

Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Option 1: Airport bus + Taxi (3.5-4 hours) From the Shanghai Pudong International Airport, take the Airport bus to Hangzhou Wulinmen , it takes about three hours (215 km) and costs RMB 100. Then take Taxi from Wulinmen to Zhejiang University Zi Jin Gang Campus Qi Zhen Hotel, it takes about 35 minutes (9km) and costs RMB 40.

Option 2: Taxi (3 hours) The Zhejiang University Zi Jin Gang Campus Qi Zhen Hotel is approximately three hours drive (215 km) from Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Taxi fare is about RMB 660.

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport

Option 1: Airport bus + Taxi (3.5-4 hours) From the Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, take the Airport bus to Hangzhou Wulinmen , it takes about two and half hours (166 km) and costs RMB 85. Then take Taxi from Wulinmen to Zhejiang University Zi Jin Gang Campus Qi Zhen Hotel, it takes about 35 minutes (9km) and costs RMB 40.

Option 2: Taxi (2.5 hours) The Zhejiang University Zi Jin Gang Campus Qi Zhen Hotel is approximately two and half hour drive (170 km) from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport. Taxi fare is about RMB 550.

Option 3: Underground + high-speed train + Taxi (2.5 hours) Take underground from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport to Hongqiao Railway Station (only one stop), then take high-speed train from Hongqiao Railway Station to Hangzhou East Railway station, it will take one hour by high-speed train and cost RMB 80. After that, take taxi from the Hangzhou East Railway station to Zhejiang University Zi Jin Gang Campus Qi Zhen Hotel, it will take one hour by taxi and cost RMB 32.

Please show the following address to taxi driver

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Accommodation

Accommodation will be provided by Zhejiang University covering 3 nights from 10th to 13th July at Qi Zhen hotel, 4-stars hotel located within the University’s Zi Jin Gang campus.

To register or for any other enquiries, please contact:

Zhejiang University

Dr. Chen Ji.
Assistant Professor
Agricultural Economics
Centre for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD)
Zhejiang University
Tel. +86 13758178449
Email: Jichen@zju.edu.cn

University of Exeter Business School

Ms. Laura Zuluaga Cardona
Research Associate
University of Exeter Business School
Room 1.65A, Streatham Court, Streatham Campus
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4ST
Tel: +44 7494 570484
Email: L.Zuluaga-Cardona@exeter.ac.uk

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