The poor especially in market economies , need the strength that collectivities offer for creating more economic , social and political space for themselves , for enhancing their socio economic well – being and voice , and as a protection against free market individualism . It has been argued that a group approach to farming , especially in the form of bottom up agricultural production collectivities , offers substantial scope for poverty alleviation and empowering the poor as well as enhancing agricultural productivity . To realize this potential , however , the groups would need to be voluntary in nature , small in size , participative in decision making and equitable in work sharing and benefit distribution . There are many notable examples of such collectivities to be found in varied contexts , such as in the transition economies . All of them bear witness to the possibility of successful cooperation under given conditions . And although the gender impact of the family cooperatives in the transition economies are uncertain , the Indian examples of women – only groups farming offer considerable potential for benefiting women .