Assessment of Factors Affecting Members’ Participation in Fishery Cooperatives (The Case of Gambella Region, Ethiopia)

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Ochan, Dorgi ; Gnigwo, Gala (2016)
  • Publisher: Journal Of Business Management & Social Sciences Research
  • Journal: Journal Of Business Management & Social Sciences Research (issn: 2319-5614)
  • Subject: Business Management; Economics | Factors, Fishery cooperatives, Gambella region, Members, Participation.

This research was conducted in Gambella region, Ethiopia, to assess the factors affecting members’ participation in fishery cooperatives in the region. To address the objectives of the research; both quantitative and qualitative methodologies were used to collect the data from primary and secondary sources using semi-structured questionnaires, focus group discussion and review of relevant literatures. The researchers used a two-stage sampling procedures in which Gambella was selected purposively and then, simple random sampling technique applied to select the sample respondents in proportion to size. To analyze both quantitative and qualitative data, simple descriptive statistical tools (frequency, percentage, mean, and std. deviation) documents analysis, focus group discussion and binary logistic regression were used. By setting the statistical significance at α ≤0.05, the result of binary logistic regression model applied reveal that awareness, access to training, market, credit and leadership skills are significant at 1% and 5% confidence levels. Therefore, the overall findings of this study show that the major factors affecting the participation of members in fishery cooperatives organized in Gambella, Ethiopia are lack of feasibility study, poor awareness about cooperative principles and values, inadequate access to training, inadequate markets, poor credit systems, incapable leaders, lack of audit and inspection, seasonal change and conflicts.
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