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  • House FY18 Ag Appropriations Bill preserves RCDG funding at reduced level

    The House bill rejects President Trump’s call to eliminate USDA Rural Business and Cooperative Service.

    The House Agricultural Appropriations Subcommittee marked up a $144.9 billion fiscal year (FY) 2018 Ag Appropriations Bill last week that rejects the proposed elimination of many programs within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), including most of the Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program. The bill, which the Subcommittee advanced to the full Appropriations Committee by unanimous voice vote June 29, would restore funding for RCDG, a positive sign given the current budget climate.

  • From two years ago, to two years from now – Ugandan “Youth with Vision” share theirs

    Gilbert Wacha, chair of Youth with Vision, leads a meeting.

    After six months of training in financial literacy, agro-business entrepreneurship, foundational skills such as healthy choices and governance and leadership, the youth association “Youth with Vision” in Dokolo, Uganda, invested in group and individual businesses.

  • On International Day of Co-ops, how the most vulnerable groups are cooperating to succeed

    NCBA CLUSA's flagship Feed the Future project in Senegal, Yaajeende, has reduced stunting by a third.

    This year’s International Day of Cooperatives, observed on July 1, celebrates how co-ops make sure no one is left behind. To celebrate, we rounded up some our favorite co-op and producer association stories from communities worldwide that are working together to access markets, address nutrition and keep communities together.

  • Opinion: Amazon-Whole Foods deal’s missing ingredient is people

    The Amazon-Whole Foods deal announced last week underscores the need for co-ops to innovate through collaboration.

    We in the cooperative community roll our eyes when we hear someone confuse Whole Foods with a food cooperative. Those days seem to be coming to a close when last week news broke that e-commerce giant Amazon will purchase Whole Foods for $13.7 billion by the end of the year. The resulting conglomerate: a co-op it is not. Business news outlets are reporting that Amazon is seeking the Whole Foods asset to aggressively expand its strategy to stake a presence in brick-and-mortar stores. The move also positions Amazon to achieve its longtime goal of breaking into the grocery industry—currently, e-commerce accounts for just 2 percent of America’s food-and-beverage sales.

  • It takes a village: How a mothers' group in Niger is transforming early childhood nutrition

    Souley, held by his mother Oumou, is the first child in his village to be exclusively breastfed.

    At close to three feet tall and just over 26 pounds, 22-month-old Souley is a poster child for the power of early childhood nutrition. Souley's mother, Oumou Oumarou, is a member of one of Bourdounga, Niger's Mother-to-Mother (MtM) support groups. In her village, over 200 women meet in such groups, building their self-confidence and capacity to make healthy decisions about feeding their young children in a collaborative and respectful atmosphere.

  • Vern Dosch, author of Wired Differently and president and CEO of NISC, to keynote IMPACT 2017

    In Wired Differently, Dosch explores what can happen when organizations prioritize the cooperative business model, servant leadership and shared values.

    NCBA CLUSA is pleased to announce that Vern Dosch, president and CEO of the nearly fifty-year-old technology business National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), will present the keynote address at the first ever Co-op IMPACT Conference on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. An industry leader in providing advanced, integrated IT solutions, NISC develops and supports technology solutions that enable its member-owners to excel in customer service, maximize diversification opportunities and compete effectively in the changing utility and telecommunications industries.

  • Inaugural Co-op IMPACT Conference to explore state of the co-op economy, funding development, measuring impact and more!

    Plan now to join us in October for this incredible learning event, as well as our Co-op Festival on the National Mall September 30 and October 1 and the Co-op 5K on October 7.

    NCBA CLUSA is gearing up for the inaugural Co-op IMPACT Conference, and we’re excited to announce some of the compelling programming we’re lining up to make this conference a premier networking and learning event for co-op members, practitioners and advocates, as well as a unique opportunity to advance the shared interests of the cooperative ecosystem.

  • To access financing in Senegal, community groups look to each other

    Latyr Faye leads a session on community banking with his SILC group.

    Although the concept of microfinancing is familiar, many people don't realize it's still prohibitively expensive for rural populations. With interest rates from conventional banks and the microfinance system at 18 and 24 percent, community groups are forming to provide one another alternative access to credit and loans. Carrying lower interest rates of 5 or 10 percent, these Community of Savings and Internal Credit groups, or SILCs in French-speaking Senegal, are one way rural communities are banding together to support each other to provide access to funds for buying quality seed and other agriculture inputs.

  • NCBA CLUSA supporting Kenya's efforts to strengthen legal framework for co-ops

    NCBA CLUSA signs an MOU with Kenya’s Ministry of Trade, Investment and Cooperatives.

    Formalizing a partnership with the Government of Kenya, NCBA CLUSA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) earlier this month with the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, agreeing to jointly support the development of the country’s national policy and legal framework for co-ops. In collaboration with the Ministry, NCBA CLUSA will facilitate stakeholder participation in a review of the National Cooperative Development Policy and align it with the new Constitution, which was established in 2010. This effort builds on NCBA CLUSA’s work in fostering enabling environments for co-ops across East Africa, including the development of a co-op policy in Mozambique, and current collaboration with the Government of Madagascar.

  • U.S. cooperators support emerging vanilla co-ops in Madagascar

    Demonstrating their commitment to gender equity, half of the elected officials of Mirary Soa Cooperative are women. [photo: Pamela Karg]

    As part of NCBA CLUSA’s U.S. Agency for International Development-funded Farmer-to-Farmer Program, two U.S. cooperators recently supported the start-up of a new vanilla cooperative in Madagascar and trained 218 farmers on the cooperative business model. Pamela Karg, a member and past president of the Cooperative Communicators Association (CCA) and veteran Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer, provided basic cooperative business training and helped mobilize farmers from six villages.

  • Smallholder farmers better positioned to influence quality, price and availability of seeds

    Amilcar Dalton, left, owns one of three seed stores in Mozambique’s Nampula province.

    Due to their small farm sizes, price sensitivity, and limited uptake of improved seeds and inputs, the smallholder farmer market segment in Mozambique has historically been ignored, with seed companies preferring to focus on the large stable NGO and government contracts who purchase seed for aid and development programs. In recent years, however, policy changes have meant that these NGO and government markets are drying up while donors like USAID have promoted agricultural development in Mozambique through encouraging smallholders’ direct purchase of certified seeds and inputs as well as other improved technologies, which increases agricultural production.

  • From photography to raising pigs, Ugandan youth make good on employment opportunities

    Youth With Vision Chair Gilbert Wacha checks in on one of the group's pigs.

    The Youth With Vision group in Uganda's Okwongodul-Dokolo district have moved to expand their group business beyond an initial incubation of two pigs, aiming to earn more than 50 million shillings (about $14,000) by the end of 2017. The group of 20 young men and 15 young women was formed in 2015 under NCBA CLUSA's Youth Empowerment Through Agriculture (YETA) program because of the need to collectively curb youth unemployment and poverty. Funded by the MasterCard Foundation, YETA draws on a network of producer organizations and youth associations as an entry point to train, mentor and provide employment opportunities for at-risk youth in four districts of Northern Uganda.

  • In El Salvador, healthy soils produce healthy crops, benefiting people and the environment

    Carlos Padilla leads a training session on organic fertilizers.

    Carlos Padilla leads a training session on organic fertilizers. Carlos Padilla leads a training session on organic fertilizers.Carlos Padilla leads a training session on organic

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  • Missed the 2017 Cooperative Hall of Fame? Videos and photos are now available online!

    This year’s inductees, from left: John Johnson, Rita Haynes, Carol & John Zippert and Richard Larochelle.

    This year’s inductees, from left: John Johnson, Rita Haynes, Carol & John Zippert and Richard Larochelle.This year’s inductees, from left: John Johnson, Rita Haynes, Carol & John Zippert and Richard

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  • Access to co-investment fund is providing the leg up coffee co-ops in El Salvador need

    A nursery at Los Pinos Cooperative, where a new co-investment fund will help build an organic production facility on site.

    A nursery at Los Pinos Cooperative, where a new co-investment fund will help build an organic production facility on site.A nursery at Los Pinos Cooperative, where a new co-investment fund will help build an organic

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  • Co-ops back in U.S. Census after 20-year absence

    Including co-ops in the 2017 Economic Census will help pinpoint the scope and impact of cooperative businesses nationwide.

    NCBA CLUSA is thrilled to announce that a decades-long absence of federally-reported data on co-ops in the U.S. will end with the 2017 Economic Census. The Office of Management and Budget on Friday approved without change or question the main 2017 Economic Census package, which includes a question identifying cooperative businesses. “This is a breakthrough moment for cooperatives nationwide,” said Judy Ziewacz, president and CEO of NCBA CLUSA. “The data gathered by the 2017 Economic Survey will fill a critical gap within the cooperative sector, allowing us to tell the story of cooperative economic impact in a more compelling way.”

  • By putting people over profit, co-ops are poised to grow inclusive economy

    Close to 100 NCBA CLUSA members participated in this year’s Annual Membership Meeting & Virtual Town Hall, either in person or virtually.

    Close to 100 NCBA CLUSA members participated in this year’s Annual Membership Meeting & Virtual Town Hall, either in person or virtually. Close to 100 NCBA CLUSA members participated in this year’s Annual Membership Meeting & Virtual Town Hall, either in person or virtually.Based on the results of NCBA CLUSA’s recent

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  • Only two days left to vote in NCBA CLUSA’s 2017 Board of Directors election!

    Election results will be announced at NCBA CLUSA’s Annual Business Meeting & Virtual Town Hall on May 2 at NCBA CLUSA headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Election results will be announced at NCBA CLUSA’s Annual Business Meeting & Virtual Town Hall on May 2 at NCBA CLUSA headquarters in Washington, DC.Election results will be announced at NCBA CLUSA’s Annual Business Meeting & Virtual Town Hall on May 2 at NCBA CLUSA headquarters in Washington, DC.NCBA CLUSA members

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  • Continuing exchanges, Organic Valley hosts Cuban farmer at U.S. farming conference

    From left: Hamburg Hills Farm owner Tim Servais with Leidy Casimiro and Organic Valley’s Jim Wedeberg.

    From left: Hamburg Hills Farm owner Tim Servais with Leidy Casimiro and Organic Valley’s Jim Wedeberg.From left: Hamburg Hills Farm owner Tim Servais with Leidy Casimiro and Organic Valley’s Jim Wedeberg.

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  • REI, Cabot join 2017 Cooperative Issues Forum lineup

    This year’s Cooperative Issues Forum is co-hosted by NCBA CLUSA, the Cooperative Development Foundation and Cooperatives for a Better World.

    This year’s Cooperative Issues Forum is co-hosted by NCBA CLUSA, the Cooperative Development Foundation and Cooperatives for a Better World. This year’s Cooperative Issues Forum is co-hosted by NCBA CLUSA, the Cooperative Development Foundation and Cooperatives for a Better World.Registration is ...

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