عنوان مقاله [English]
Central District of Khodabandeh is an important agricultural zone of the Khodabandeh County and in the Zanjan province. Studying the role of agricultural cooperatives in economic development as well as identifying its possibilities and limitations can improve the performance of cooperatives and rural development projects. This paper investigates the effects on the development of agricultural cooperatives in the rural economy through SWOT analysis in 2010. Delphi method is used to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats the cooperatives face and based on the results an appropriate strategy to improve the performance of cooperatives are presented. Statistical population includes 155 companies with 1,130 members of agricultural cooperatives in rural areas from which 35 Cooperatives and 250 members were randomly selected and 2 questionnaires were filled out in each cooperative. Also 70 questionnaires were distributed among non-member individuals to collect the necessary data. The results show that the cooperative sector of rural economy has the ability to solve problems, but some factors prevent the development of their work which in addition to rural economy stem from structural barriers and weaknesses in national and regional policy making. To improve the performance of cooperatives, Ministry of Cooperatives Cooperatives should increase its range of operations and a comprehensive revision of facilitating and monitoring policies, particularly in rural areas and agriculture, is also necessary.