عنوان مقاله [English]
To achieving rural development Cooperatives as a third pillar of the country's economy plays a vital role. Cooperatives improve the efficiency of financial, human and natural resources and enhance economic activity. This study presents strategies for rural development in two regions Hamadan and Bahar township of Hamadan province. In this study, SWOT and ANP multi-criteria decision-making models were used. Using the community elite's opinion, strategies were identified by the SWOT matrix and then strategic goals ranked with a multi-criteria decision-making model. Based on the results, the high number of decision-makers and the membership of co-operative managers in other communities are the most important strengths and opportunities point. The mismatch between available credit and needs and market instability (inflation and recession) are the most important strengths and weaknesses point face-off cooperatives. According to the results of the ANP model, increased supervision and support of the cooperative sector in law, management of available resources and assignment of further activities to the cooperative sector with weight 0.195, 0.174 and 0.127 are in priority. Strategic goals should be of interest to planners and policymakers in decision-making. Overall, the co-operative sector needs more government support and law's rule oversight and proper management of available resources, especially labor and natural resources. It is suggested that the government act as a supervisor by delegating more activities to the members of the Cooperatives and to provide farmers with lesser bureaucracy in coordination with subsidiary organizations.