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  • PBS series Visionaries to feature NCBA CLUSA in hour-long special on cooperative movement

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  • For Mozambican women farmers, NCBA CLUSA's literacy efforts lend empowerment, access to markets

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  • Starbucks sells single source coffee from East Timor's Cooperativa Café Timor

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  • Crutchfield: High-impact nonprofits have “incredible vision, audacious goals” in common

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    Crutchfield, who will assist the

  • Resilience starts at birth; Mothers support each other to raise healthy children in Niger

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  • Through local partnerships, Guatemala is training up to battle malnutrition

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  • Only two days left to vote in the 2016 NCBA CLUSA Board of Directors election

    It’s not to late to make your voice heard by voting in the 2016 NCBA CLUSA Board of Directors election! NCBA CLUSA members in good standing are invited to cast their votes by Thursday, April 28 at 3 p.m. EDT. There are seven candidates running to fill five seats on the board: Bruce Carrozzi, Erbin Crowell, Ann Hoyt, Jerry McGeorge, Lance Rantala, Thaleon Tremain and Deb Trocha. Click here to read their bios and candidate statements.

    Election results will be announced at the Annual Business Meeting, scheduled for May 2 in Washington, D.C. during NCBA CLUSA’s 2016 Annual

  • Success spreads with conservation agriculture in Burkina Faso

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  • Senate passes Global Food Security Act; bills awaiting reconciliation

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  • NCBA CLUSA member returns to Africa for another Farmer-to-Farmer assignment

    Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers continue to return to the program again and again. This past month, Mollie Moisan, Director of Cooperative Development for NCBA CLUSA member

    USAID RISE Initiative projects, including REGIS-ER, collaborate to support villages in Burkina Faso

    A groundbreaking joint humanitarian development effort, the RISE Initiative, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), works across multiple projects, countries and partnerships to stop the cycle of crisis and dependence on humanitarian aid in the Sahel region of West Africa. NCBA CLUSA leads the effort for one of these projects, REGIS-ER, in Niger and Burkina Faso.

    In Burkina Faso, REGIS-ER partners with the government and other RISE Initiative projects such as the REGIS-AG project, FASO program, ViM project and the ...

  • Volunteer

    NCBA CLUSA's USAID-sponsored Farmer-to-Farmer program sends American farmers and agribusiness professionals on 2-3 week agricultural development assignments, promoting sustainable economic growth and agricultural development worldwide. Volunteer technical assistance from U.S. farmers, agribusinesses, cooperatives and universities helps smallholder farmers in developing countries improve productivity, access new markets and conserve environmental and natural resources. Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers carry out a wide variety of projects. Some volunteers work with smallholder farmers to improve production techniques or help better market their crops. Others might work with an agricultural processor to solve a production bottleneck or to increase their level of food safety. Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers also work in cooperative development, business planning and agricultural

  • Working cooperatively and globally to build economic empowerment

    Through NCBA CLUSA’s Farmer-to-Farmer program, members have the opportunity to impact communities abroad. Recently, Jennifer Seeker Conroy, Senior Marketing Consultant for CUNA Mutual Retirement Solutions, an NCBA CLUSA member, completed a volunteer assignment in rural Senegal. Below, she recounts her experience:

    By: Jennifer Seeker Conroy, Sr. Marketing Consultant, CUNA Mutual Retirement Solutions

    In the far eastern corner of Senegal, near where the Senegal River weaves a snaky border with Mauritania, you will find women dressed in brightly-colored, billowing dresses, their hair wrapped in matching fabric bent over green garden plots. Often they have babies tied to their backs with cloth, snoozing as their mothers work. The farms are split into perfect rectangles,

  • Empowering women, empowering communities: NCBA CLUSA integrates gender throughout programs

    Empowering women is a major part of making all of NCBA CLUSA's projects sustainable. Whether encouraging women to become lead farmers, take on a leadership role in their community, apply for land titles and learn business skills or empowering them with the knowledge to raise healthy children, women are the key to building resilient communities. NCBA CLUSA focuses on providing women access to finance, training, literacy and numeracy in order to impact their ability to do business, raise healthy families and be agricultural as well as community leaders.

    As we celebrate International Women’s Day this year, NCBA CLUSA is highlighting some of the strong women who are changing their communities with support from our projects.

    Women like Agustina Pinto, who are innovating the vanilla industry in Timor L‘este. Pinto is the first person in her country to grow vanilla

  • Increasing soil fertility by fighting erosion: a win-win for Senegalese farmers

    At the beginning of each training, Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer Josephine Hegarty asked the farmers of Senegal’s G.I.E. Millet producers group: “What have you done to solve the erosion problem?” The answer was usually silence. At the individual level, most farmers had not done anything.

    Natural Resource Management can be as encompassing and far reaching as national forest and industry policies, and as personal as planting shrubs to manage erosion and promote soil fertility on local farms. But beyond the large scale positive effects of environmental sustainability and efficient use of resources, incorporating small natural resource management techniques such as using trees as wind shields or leaving weeds and crop stalks in the field not only helps stem erosion, but can also increase the soil’s ability to absorb water, in turn increasing fertility, and ultimately, increasing

  • Amherst—home to CCMA 2016—boasts vibrant farm-to-table food culture

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  • Less than a month to take advantage of early-bird pricing for Impact 2016

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    There are just three weeks left to lock in the early-bird member rate of $250 for NCBA CLUSA’s 2016 Annual Cooperatives Conference, scheduled for May 2 – 4 in Washington, D.C. The only cross-sector event in the nation’s capital that speaks with a united

  • NCBA CLUSA’s REGIS-ER project prioritizes safe drinking water in Burkina Faso

    In 2014, the access to potable water in rural areas of Burkina Faso reached less than two thirds of the population and sanitation rates were less than 10 percent. Due to issues like these, 6,000 children under the age of five die every year from waterborne diseases, according to government reports. Water supply services in many areas are inadequate and existing pumps are abandoned. When pumps work, they are hard to access, especially for women. The pump maintenance system is poor, with high rates of breakdown. Well water, when it can be found, is poor quality. Many people simply do not know about the available technology or how poor hygiene affects health.

    To address these issues, the Burkina Faso Government, along with U.S. Agency for International Development and its development partners, has begun to implement a national water supply program. Coping with the challenges

  • New USAID communication technology grant expands NCBA CLUSA portfolio in Mozambique

    The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently awarded NCBA CLUSA a three-year, $1.7 million information communication technology (ICT) program in Mozambique that will meet the extension training needs of 600,000 smallholder farmers. The New Alliance ICT Extension Challenge Fund project, known locally as e-Extensão, will use communication technology—such as mobile phones and radio programs—to disseminate key food security and agricultural technology information.

    Complementing traditional agriculture extension services through NCBA CLUSA’s lead farmer network, private sector and government extension services, the project works in partnership with Vodacom, which has agreed to support the project in reaching 5 million cell phone subscribers. The New Alliance ICT Extension Challenge Fund is an enabling action of the New

  • U.S. Ambassador to Senegal visits NCBA CLUSA’s USAID | Yaajeende project at the beginning of its two-year extension

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