NCBA CLUSA and its cooperative partners are thrilled to announce that the second annual Co-op Festival will take place October 6 and 7, 2018 on the National Mall in Washington, DC! We’re already working on the displays, activities and performances that will make this year’s festival even more impactful.
In 2017, NCBA CLUSA pivoted from celebrating 100 years of supporting cooperatives that build a better world to envisioning how best to advance that legacy. With that transition came milestones in advocacy, public awareness of cooperatives and thought leadership.
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.
NCBA CLUSA’s two Volunteer of the Year Award winners Erin Schneider and Matthew Amato with their nominating program team Linda-Ann Akanvou and Virginia Bunker at today’s International Volunteer Day event.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Board of Directors of the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Doug O’Brien as NCBA CLUSA’s next president and chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2018, replacing Judy Ziewacz who will retire on December 31, 2017.