Social networks for the sustainability of the dairy sector: The role of cooperatives

M. Msaddak, J. BenNasr, L. Zaibet, M. Fridhi

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The dairy sector in Tunisia is suffering from a lack of coordination and cooperation between the stakeholders. This study suggests cooperatives as a solution to better manage the supply chain. The analysis is based on the social networking paradigm to understand the structure and conduct of the dairy value chain with a focus on trust as key determinant of coordination between stakeholders. Two groups in one region and with different institutional arrangements were investigated. One group is composed of stakeholders organized into a cooperative, while the second was composed of unorganized stakeholders. Using a Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) approach we find evidence that cooperatives help stakeholders build trust, be better connected and reduce conflicts and problems among actors in the dairy value chain.

Original languageEnglish
JournalLivestock Research for Rural Development
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Sustainability
  • Trust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology

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