dr. WJJ (Jos) Bijman

dr. WJJ (Jos) Bijman

Associate Professor

Jos Bijman studies the role and performance of cooperatives and producer organisations in agrifood value chains. Key research questions relate to internal governance of cooperatives and producer organisations (e.g. member commitment; board-management relationship), as well as to how cooperatives and POs deal with the demand for more sustainable production. The latter has implications for strategy choices, designing effective (internal) governance structures, strengthening capabilities and improving horizontal and vertical coordination mechanisms.

Jos Bijman is project manager of the LIQUID research and capacity development project on quality improvement and inclusiveness in dairy value chains in Souteast Asia and East Africa. See the LIQUID website for more information on this project.

Jos Bijman is first editor of a 2016 book on cooperatives and producer organisations in developing and emerging countries: Cooperatives, Economic Democratization and Rural Development. The key message of this book was that cooperatives in developing countries are transforming from public-service oriented cooperatives, providing goods and services to the whole community, into member-service oriented organisations, providing goods and services mainly to their members. Particularly cooperatives that want to strengthen their marketing activities find themselves in this transformation process.

Jos Bijman was project manager (together with Krijn Poppe) of the Support for Farmers' Cooperatives study, requested by the European Commission. This project investigated the development  and current position of agricultural cooperatives in all EU Member States, as well as national and EU policies supporting cooperatives. This project resulted in 27 country reports, 8 sector reports, 6 special theme reports and 30 case studies. All reports are available here.

Guest editor (together with Costas Iliopoulos) of a special issue on of the Annals on Public and Cooperative Economics. All articles are based on the above mentioned Support for Farmers' Cooperatives project. Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics

Manager of the international research program on Co-Innovation for Quality in African Food Chains (CoQA). Collaborative programme among Wageningen University, Hawassa and Addis Ababa Universities in Ethiopia, University of Fort Hare, South Africa, and Université d'Abomey-Calavi, Benin. Book summarizing a main part of the CoQA findings: Quality and Innovation in Food Chains. Lessons and Insights from Africa.