The International Center for Research and Information on the Public, Social and Cooperative Economy (CIRIEC-Spain), has publised a book of Adoración Mozas Moral, professor of Business Organization at the University of Jaén (President of this organisation and INUO´s member). This work addresses the the role of cooperatives as a change agent in the olive sector, in the context of a new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
It is about the work ‘The olive oil sector and the leading role of cooperativism as an agent of change’, which is divided into three parts. First, it carries out an analysis of the olive oil market, highlighting the threats and opportunities provided by the environment in which it operates. Secondly, it carries out an analysis of the value chain of olive oils, warning of the low profitability of the different agents in the chain and, above all, of the weakest link, that of the producing sector. Finally, the author focuses her attention on the cooperative movement, showing that it has to assume the leadership role that it already has in production, as well as in the other phases of the value chain, until it gets as close as possible to the consumer.
In addition, the book is framed in the context of a new CAP, different from the previous ones both in its governance and in some of the instruments to support income, rural development and environmental sustainability.