As you gather with family and friends this Thanksgiving to reflect on the blessings of the past year, know that NCBA CLUSA is so grateful that you’re a part of our family! We hope the holiday brings you plenty of warmth and good cheer.
The NCBA CLUSA staff has been privileged to spend 2015 meeting many of you at our annual conferences and events, and assisting you with questions, referrals and connections within the cooperative community. We have appreciated your feedback and involvement in NCBA CLUSA’s activities.
We could not do the work we do without your continued engagement, encouragement and support. It’s because of co-ops like yours that the cooperative business model has become integral to sustainable economic development over the past century.
We hope that you’ve seen the value of your membership and are proud of the direction NCBA CLUSA is taking, and we look forward to your renewed membership in the year ahead. NCBA CLUSA will celebrate 100 years of cooperation in 2016, and we’re inviting you and your co-op to be a part of this milestone. With your continued support, we can make the next 100 years even better!
NCBA CLUSA will host a webinar on December 17, 2015, from 1 – 2 p.m. EST, presented by Jim Wright, Vice President of Sales for Corcentric, a provider of cloud-based financial process automation solutions and an NCBA CLUSA Gold-Level Business Sponsor and Associate Member. Click here to register.
Everyone talks about dynamic discounting, but is there a better, more profitable and easier-to-manage way to save your co-op significant dollars while ensuring accuracy and efficiency in your purchase-to-pay processes? During this webinar, you'll learn how to save money upfront instead of chasing pennies later.
The right solution with full connectivity can provide:
• Lower upfront pricing
• Guaranteed contract rates and pricing
• Streamlined invoice approval and payment processes
This will, in turn, help you better manage your cash flow and improve your co-op’s bottom line. Register today and join NCBA CLUSA and Corcentric on December 17 to get in on the conversation.
NCBA CLUSA is offering this webinar free of charge.
The number of credit union members worldwide has doubled since 2000—up from 108 million to 217 million. In a new article, The Economist explores the driving forces behind this spike in membership: credit unions offer higher rates to savers and lower rates to borrowers; they are more resilient and thus better able to withstand financial crises; and recent legal changes have allowed credit unions to merge and better compete with big banks.
Click here to read the full article.
On Friday, November 13, the board of directors of the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International released a statement announcing the resignation of Michael Beall as president and CEO of NCBA CLUSA.
During his three-year tenure as CEO and president, Beall “made numerous contributions to the financial and business operations of NCBA CLUSA,” the statement said, adding that Beall had left “to pursue other career opportunities” and will join the Tacoma, Washington-based Credit Union Strategic Planning as senior consultant.
“All of us here at NCBA CLUSA join in wishing Michael well in his new position,” the statement said.
The NCBA CLUSA board has named Judy Ziewacz, former executive director of the Cooperative Development Foundation, as interim CEO.
“I am pleased to once again serve NCBA CLUSA and the broader cooperative community during this transition period to ensure that the initiatives and priorities of NCBA CLUSA continue uninterrupted,” Ziewacz said. “The work NCBA CLUSA is engaged in both domestically and around the world promotes the resilience of the cooperative business model, and I look forward to working with our board, leadership team and staff to contribute to the ongoing success of the organization.”
For more than 35 years, Ziewacz has championed cooperative development. In 1985, she was instrumental in launching the nation's first statewide co-op development center: the Wisconsin Cooperative Development Council, now known as Cooperative Development Services. She also played a key role in establishing CooperationWorks!, a national cooperative development network responsible for the creation of hundreds of co-ops and thousands of jobs.
She was a driving force behind the establishment and funding of the Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) Program in the 1990 Farm Bill. In 1996, she became the executive director of the Cooperative Development Foundation and later led the application process to secure dotCoop as a new Top Level Domain (TLD) for use by the international cooperative community. She currently serves on the boards of the National Cooperative Bank and Capital Impact Partners.
(November 18, 2015)
NCBA CLUSA expands to four active projects in Mozambique this year with the addition of an Agricultural Extension Services Project in partnership with Portucel Mozambique, which is part of the Portucel Soporcel Group. Portucel Mozambique
The Agriculture Extension project will target Manica and Zambezia districts, which are some of the poorest in Mozambique. According to Mozambique’s National Poverty Reduction Plan (PARP 2011-2014) poverty rates in Manica and Zambezia actually increased over the past decade. In Zambezia, poverty rates increased dramatically from 45 percent in 2003 to 70 percent in 2011. As a large percentage of the population is involved in agriculture, a sustainable increase in farmers’ productivity could drastically affect food security. NCBA CLUSA will focus on increasing yields and reducing post harvest losses through establishing an effective trainer network, affecting farmers’ incomes and productivity from planting to sale.
In order to impact food security as well as incomes, the project will target crops with the largest potential to both increase farmer profitability and reduce harvest lost including beans, pigeon pea, soy, maize, groundnuts and cassava.
The $317,000 project will run until August 2016, with a likely extension through 2017, targeting 3,000 farmers directly, and 24,000 farmer family members. Through improved technologies and inputs, the goal is to increase agricultural productivity by 50 percent. Training will take place through the establishment of an agricultural extension services system, where lead farmers will set up 135 demonstration plots to showcase techniques like irrigation, conservation farming, animal traction and mechanization, and quality inputs such as improved seed.
The project will be conducted in coordination with IFC technical services and PROMAC, one of the current NCBA CLUSA projects in Mozambique, funded by the Government of Norway. PROMAC already focuses on conservation agriculture techniques, which have been proven to increase yields by an average of 60 percent or more, making the expansion of these techniques key to combat food security in these new project zones.
In addition to extension services, NCBA CLUSA will work to strengthen producer groups, create a network of contact farmers, and train on post-harvest handling techniques such as proper drying and storage to reduce post-harvest spoilage and losses. NCBA CLUSA will also strengthen the relationship between producers and input providers, providing quality seeds and fertlizer to farmers and an increased distribution network for the input providers, as well as access to long term financial solutions.
NCBA CLUSA has been active in Mozambique for over 20 years, working with farmers and producer organizations since 1994.
(November 17, 2015)
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