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Webinar on “Rethinking Kurien: Changing dimensions of Cooperatives and Collectives”

22nd July 2021 | Thursday

11:00 - 12:30 India Srandard Time (UTC + 5:30)



About Dr. Verghese Kurien


Dr. Verghese Kurien is one of independent India’s most significant institution builders. He understood that organising farmers around an economic enterprise for their development is a necessary condition for improving their wellbeing and for strengthening true democracy. Known as the "Father of the White Revolution" in India, he was a social entrepreneur whose "billion-litre idea", Operation Flood, made dairy farming India's largest self-sustaining industry and the largest rural employment sector.


About Cooperatives and Collectives


Today, cooperatives are in a process of transformation. Collective action through traditional farmer organisations and cooperatives and the new producer collectives continue to provide economic and social benefits for their members. Newer frames of the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) provide newer meaning to cooperatives in their governance and management. Cooperatives and similar people- centred organisations have the power to steer SSE initiatives in the post-pandemic world.


The cooperative model cannot be depicted as ‘old-fashioned’, as innovation and dynamism seem continuously to spring from the 5th cooperative principle of education, training and information, of members, staff, communities and public at large but also the youth, women and vulnerable groups in every society. With the emergence of new technologies and the youth’s leadership in global issues, we observe among them a strengthening and vibrant interest towards the cooperative model. It is only natural that new forms of cooperatives will continue to emerge as the socio-economic needs of human beings evolve, and aspirations manifest themselves into a common will to make this world a better place.


Objectives and Agenda


To mark the birth centenary year of IRMA’s visionary founder and recipient of the first ICA Rochdale Pioneers Award, IRMA along with the ICA-EU Partnership will co-organise this webinar that would enable academics and development practitioners from across India and elsewhere to deliberate the future of cooperative enterprises, collective action, and rural management as a discipline.


Following are the key objectives and a tentative agenda:


  • Share experiences in cooperative development, addressing the current issues
  • Stimulate collaboration amongst stakeholders to promote common interests and priorities
  • Facilitate discussion between IRMA alumni working with cooperatives and collectives



Registrations for the webinar are now open.


About the Organisers


ICA Domus Trust (IDT) was established in recognition of ex-ICA President Dr. Mauritz Bonow’s valuable contribution to the development of cooperative movement throughout the world and particularly in developing countries. IDT propagates cooperative principles and methods for the promotion of cooperatives in India and adjoining countries. It was set up on October 25, 1988 under the Indian Trust Act with its registered office in New Delhi, India.


Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) was founded in 1979 by Dr. Verghese Kurien. IRMA has been leading the discipline of rural management since and has produced significant knowledge on producer collectives and has been leading research on managing natural resources and ecosystems, rural livelihoods, public systems, social enterprises, and responsible businesses that not many management schools work consistently on.


International Cooperative Alliance Asia and Pacific (ICA-AP) is one of four regional offices of the ICA. Established in 1960 in New Delhi, India, it unites, promotes, and develops cooperatives in the region. Its 110 members from 32 countries in the region span across a variety of sectors, including agriculture, credit and banking, consumer, education, fisheries, forestry, housing, and insurance.


Event start date:
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Event end date:
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Venue: Zoom Meeting