Critical success factors for delivering farmer-managed public goods in Dutch rural areas

Korevaar, H.; Blom-Zandstra, M.


The development of cooperation was studied
in three Dutch regions in which rural development
started in the 1990s and where land use significantly
changed from a dominance of agricultural production
towards an integration of primary production with other
functions. Herein, we analysed the critical success
factors for the production and maintenance of farmermanaged
public goods, for cooperation through regional
collectives and how these factors manifest themselves.
We concluded that implementing and governing public
goods were successful when done by farmers in close
cooperation with local governing bodies and other
actors. Four key factors appeared to be most important:
1) establishing a system of rewards as new element in
building a good ‘market structure’; 2) a mix of
governance forms and an alternation between these
forms; 3) visionary leadership with networks in both
public and private sector; 4) time for new ideas to ripen
and for commitment among actors to grow.1
Keywords – local cooperation, developing rural areas,
public goods, critical success factors,
multifunctional land use.