Université de Neuchâtel

Cooperative values and hybridity of farmers’ organisations in the Swiss dairy sector

Forney, Jérémie ; Häberli, Isabel

In: Journal of Rural Studies, 2017, vol. 53, p. 236-246

Moving forwards from an extensive literature on farmers' cooperatives, this Special Issue aims to explore the interaction and interdependence of multiple material and immaterial benefits associated with cooperation. The eight papers gathered here address a range of contexts to explore the inseparability of a set of ‘more-than-economic’ benefits of cooperation and consider the wider...

Université de Neuchâtel

Introducing ‘seeds of change’ into the food system? Localisation strategies in the Swiss dairy industry

Häberli, Isabel ; Forney, Jérémie

In: Sociologia Ruralis : Journal of the European Society for Rural Sociology, 2016, vol. 56, no. 2, p. 135-156

The Swiss dairy-farming sector faces challenging times after the removal of milk quotas. In this context, several cooperative/federative structures have developed new strategies to improve the situation of dairy farmers. Local products play an important role in these strategies. Based on ethnographic work, this paper looks at the social construction and negotiation of ‘the local’ within three...