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Quebec Summit: Co-ops "key partners" in economic recovery, according to job creation panel Special Feature Banner

In recent years, cooperatives have posted the best growth of any market sector, weathering a global economic downturn, innovating to overcome challenges and scaling up job creation and productivity worldwide.

At a discussion moderated by NCBA CLUSA President and CEO Michael Beall last week at the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives in Quebec City, Canada, panelists addressed the scale of cooperative employment and its proven ability to help people achieve financial independence.

The cooperative movement’s growth and success can be attributed to its commitment to “lend, defend and upend,” Beall said.

“Mutuals, credit unions and SACCOs have continued to lend when banks have pulled back in recession. Co-ops have continued to defend consumers from predatory actors and practices across sectors, and we have upended conventional wisdom about co-ops,” Beall said during the panel discussion. “Sometimes seen as social actors, co-ops are now increasingly relied on as businesses and effective partners in job creation and productivity.”

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  THUMB 01 At Quebec Summit, panel considers smallholder farmers as food security solution

NCBA CLUSA’s COO for International Development Amy Coughenour shared a unique perspective on smallholder farming at the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives’ panel on family farming and food security last week.

Bringing vulnerable smallholder farmers into the global economy, Coughenour said, depends on the integration of four distinct pillars of food security—availability, access, utilization and governance—not on an increase in commercial farming alone.

The conversation came during a year the United Nations named the “International Year of Family Farming,” an endorsement of a seemingly simple model of agriculture that is anchoring sustainable production and food security going forward, panelists said.

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  THUMB 01 NCBA CLUSA and USDA representatives convene for Co-op Month forum, webinar

NCBA CLUSA is proud to host representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the National Press Club next week for a forum and panel discussion on the intersection of cooperatives and the government.

The event falls during Co-op Month, an annual opportunity to celebrate the cooperative difference, the movement’s history and its economic impact on communities nationwide.

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  THUMB 01 October 16 is International Credit Union Day

We're joining cooperatives nationwide to raise awareness of the "Local Service, Global Good" credit unions provide by celebrating International Credit Union Day today. The Credit Union National Association published this round-up of ICU Day events happening nationwide. Find more by searching social media sites for #ICUDay

Today the credit union movement celebrates International Credit Union Day, first observed 67 years ago to remind credit unions, staffs and members around the globe to take a step back and recognize the work credit unions do in their communities all year long.  

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  THUMB 01 U.S. agriculture co-ops set record for annual sales, income

Since 1930, co-ops across the U.S. have convened every October to celebrate the cooperative movement's history and economic impact on communities nationwide. This year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) marked the launch of Co-op Month by announcing milestones set by agriculture co-ops nationwide: 

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the nation's farmer, rancher and fishery cooperatives set a new sales record in 2013, with total business volume of more than $246 billion. That surpasses the previous record, set in 2012, by $8 billion, a 4 percent gain. U.S. co-ops also enjoyed robust job growth over the previous year.

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  THUMB 01 The People’s Voice: Working with Electric Co-ops Around the World

Cooperatives nationwide are celebrating Co-op Month, a time to reflect on the cooperative movement's history and economic impact worldwide. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association took the opportunity to publish the highlights of its international program, which has provided electricity to more than 110 million people in rural, underserved communities worldwide: 
 
National Co-op Month is special to us, but when it comes to electric co-ops that represent rural communities around the world, it is special in more ways than you probably realize. In countries where democracy can be shaky at best and its people may not expect much more than a roof over their heads, being an owner in an electric co-op is

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NCBA CLUSA Upcoming Events  

 
Co-op Month Forum & Panel Discussion
2014-Oct-22 08:30 am - to - 2014-Oct-16 11:00 am
 
 
 
Emerging Best Practices in Strategic Sourcing
2014-Oct-22 02:00 pm - to - 2014-Oct-16 03:00 pm
 
 
 
 
Webinar: Potential Uses of the Business & Industry Program for Cooperative
2014-Oct-23 01:00 pm - to - 2014-Oct-16 02:00 pm
 
 
 
 
Co-op Professionals Conference
2014-Nov-06 03:00 pm - to - 2014-Nov-08 12:00 pm
 
 
 
 
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About NCBA CLUSA
The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is the trade association for cooperative businesses in the United States and an international development organization. NCBA CLUSA provides cross-sector education, technical assistance, and advocacy that helps co-ops thrive. For nearly 100 years, NCBA CLUSA has sought to advance and protect cooperative enterprises, highlighting the impact that cooperatives have in bettering the lives of individuals and families. In the last 60 years, NCBA CLUSA has worked in over 100 countries in the areas of food security, agricultural development, strengthening of communities and farmer organizations, community-based health, natural resources management, and empowerment of smallholder farmers, women, and youth. We currently work in 15 countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.
 
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