Partnering with Catholic Relief Services, NCBA CLUSA is working with the U.S. Agency for International Development's Fararano project in Madagascar to connect smallholder farmers to markets – helping to diversify and improve household incomes in the region.
Women from the village of Woulmassoutou in Burkina Faso were worried about the frequent outbreaks of diarrheal diseases, stomach pains and malarial fevers. Within their “mother-to-mother” support groups, they had learned that washing your hands with soap at critical moments is crucial to prevent certain diseases, but only an extensive mobilization and commitment would be able to shift attitudes in the entire village.
At Capitol Hill on International Volunteer Day, a broad spectrum of skilled volunteers, bipartisan congressional champions, USAID leadership and volunteer organizations and experts from the private sector gathered to celebrate the contributions of volunteers to effective U.S. and global development and discuss a new initiative to leverage pro-bono private sector expertise to reduce poverty and promote prosperity worldwide.
Now working with NCBA CLUSA's Youth Empowerment through Agriculture (YETA) project in Uganda, Apangu Godfrey Philliam was awarded a scholarship by Marshal Papworth to earn a Master of Science degree in Food and Water Security at Aberystwyth University in the UK. Since graduating, Apangu has returned to Uganda and trained over 1,000 youth in agribusiness and other skills through the YETA project, funded by the Mastercard Foundation.
Jonathan Bethony, founder and owner of SEYLOU Bakery & Mill in Washington D.C., recently connected with NCBA CLUSA to learn more about the Millet Business Services Project in Senegal. Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the project is supporting millet farmers and processors—many of them co-ops—to improve their value chain and connect to local and international markets. After the trip, Jonathan explained why he’s hooked on millet and the special connection his bakery has with Senegal. He writes a guest blog below:
Expanding access to nutritious and diverse diets, NCBA CLUSA will continue to work in Senegal with the awarding of a new $40 million Feed the Future project.
NCBA CLUSA and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute today announced a partnership they say will put more money in the pockets of rural Americans and spur broader clean energy adoption.
Partnering with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), McCormick and local Madagascar vanilla exporter Ramanandraibe, NCBA CLUSA engaged co-op development experts and volunteers to support local farmers looking to form a vanilla co-op through the USAID East Africa Trade Hub Project.
NCBA CLUSA this week submitted a letter to the House and Senate Committees on Agriculture, urging lawmakers to preserve programs that benefit cooperative enterprise as they begin consideration of the 2018 Farm Bill.
In her village in south central Niger, Rahiba Aboubacar is an anomaly: a woman who has managed to share her expertise in producing enriched flour for the well-being of her community while creating a new source of income for her family.
With House Republicans expected to reveal their tax plan on Wednesday, NCBA CLUSA this week released a statement urging Congress to uphold tax policy favorable to the nation’s 40,000 cooperative businesses that support families, small businesses and farmers.
For the past 30 years, no one at the El Jabali Coffee Cooperative had ever planted a tomato in any month other than May. The formula was simple: when it rains in May, the tomatoes get planted. Between the annual coffee harvest and the few vegetables that they planted nearby, the El Jabali farmers got by. While they didn’t make enough to put away for savings, this was “business as usual” for the average subsistence coffee farmer in El Salvador.
A program that not only provides low-income Mainers with fresh, healthy produce, but also helps preserve local farms is transforming the state’s food system with support from independent grocery purveyors like the Portland Food Co-op, where Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) is a proud member.
As part of a joint public-private effort, the Dominican Republic continues to prepare itself for meat exportation to the United Sates and other countries in the region through a Presidential Special Commission to Achieve Meat Export to the U.S. as early as 2018.
Drawing more than 300 people from some 130 organizations to Alexandria, Virginia this month, NCBA CLUSA’s inaugural Co-op IMPACT Conference was an unprecedented opportunity to amplify and foster the research and data critical to quantify and expand the economic impact of cooperatives and create the tools necessary to influence public policy.
As NCBA CLUSA celebrates National Co-op Month, we're also spotlighting the partnerships that support co-ops around the world. October also marks Fairtrade Month! Below, Margot Conover of Fairtrade America explains why co-ops are integral to Fairtrade and how the certification can give farmer-owners an added boost in the marketplace. Looking for a way to celebrate both Co-op Month and Fairtrade Month? Check out the resources at the end of this piece:
Tania Melissa de León Hernandes has more letters in her name than her age. Even so, her Guatemalan community in Quiché trusted and nominated her to be trained in chicken coop care and vaccinations, bringing nutrition training and incomes to 19 families in her town.
Stanley W. Dreyer, a model cooperative leader and mentor to generations of fellow cooperators, died last week at his home in Springfield, Virginia.Dreyer left a profound and lasting impact in the cooperative world.
As we transition from Feed the Future to the now one year old Global Food Security Strategy (known as Feed the Future 2.0) USAID's Bureau for Food Security Nutrition Advisor Ingrid Weiss reports below on the success of the USAID-funded Yaajeende project in Senegal. Implemented by NCBA CLUSA, the project is pioneering a whole-of-government approach to resilience.
When Ziley Idi, a 50-year-old grandmother, participated in handwashing training, she learned that poor hygiene habits spread disease and that, by properly washing hands, a person can prevent their spread and ultimately save lives.
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