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  • 2017 National Co-op Month theme is “Co-ops Commit”

    This year’s theme not only unifies messaging during the month of October, but also offers customizable resources that are relevant across sectors.

    NCBA CLUSA and the Cooperative Network today launched this year’s theme for National Co-op Month, “Co-ops Commit,” at the 2017 Cooperative Communicators Association (CCA) Institute meeting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana this week. The theme can be used on its own or extended with sub-themes, such as Co-ops Commit to Community, Co-ops Commit to Impact, Co-ops Commit to Sustainability and Co-ops Commit to Kindness.

  • 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’s June webinars demystify business intelligence, membership engagement strategies and storytelling

    NCBA CLUSA’s Prepare for IMPACT pre-conference webinars are designed to prepare attendees for discussions at NCBA CLUSA’s 2017 Cooperative IMPACT Conference in October. During the month of June, we’re offering three additions to this webinar series. Learn more and register below!

  • Missed the 2017 Cooperative Issues Forum? Videos are now available online!

    issues forum 500x333 c8443issues forum 500x333 c8443With a spotlight on co-op identity, the 2017 Issues Forum—an annual gathering of co-op influencers and thought leaders in Washington, D.C— focused on the cooperative business model as a disruptor and differentiator.

    This annual conversation falls during Co-op Week, the U.S. co-op community’s emphasis week in May celebrating the business model and honoring its leaders and champions.For those who were unable to attend this year’s conversation, videos from the event are now available online.

    This year’s events were co-hosted by the Cooperative

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  • 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.

  • Cabot Creamery honors volunteers with sixth Cabot Community Celebrity Cruise

    Since it began in 2009, the Cabot Community Celebrities program has recognized more than 250 volunteers.

    Since it began in 2009, the Cabot Community Celebrities program has recognized more than 250 volunteers.Since it began in 2009, the Cabot Community Celebrities program has recognized more than 250 volunteers.Since it began in 2009, the Cabot Community Celebrities program has recognized more than 250 volunteers.As part of its efforts to redefine the notion of "celebrity" by celebrating individuals who volunteer their time and energy with no thought of personal

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  • NCBA CLUSA’s EVP of Programs O’Brien to appear on Everything Co-op this week

    Doug O’Brien, left, at the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance’s 2017 Co-UP in April. On Thursday, he will represent NCBA CLUSA on Everything Co-op. [photo: PACA]

    NCBA CLUSA’s Executive Vice President of Programs Doug O’Brien will appear on Everything Co-op on Thursday, May 25, 2017. A weekly exploration of the power and potential of the cooperative business model, the show aims to generate interest in and support for the co-op movement.

  • Down but not out, #BuyTwitter initiative looks to the future

    #BuyTwitter organizers and supporters hope that the interest generated over the past several months continues to grow.

    On Monday, May 22, Twitter shareholders met to vote on a number of items, among them a proposal to explore the feasibility of the popular social platform converting to a democratic user-owned cooperative. While the proposal was voted down; it did garner enough votes to be resubmitted at next year’s annual general meeting of Twitter shareholders.

  • 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.

  • Register now for "Prepare for IMPACT" Succession Planning Webinar Series, Part 2

    Our Prepare for IMPACT webinar, “Succession Planning, Part 2: Selling to Family & Selling to Members,” is scheduled for Thursday, June 1, 2017.

    NCBA CLUSA’s Prepare for IMPACT pre-conference webinars are designed to prepare attendees for discussions at NCBA CLUSA's 2017 Cooperative IMPACT Conference in October. Under the topic of "Member Engagement Strategies,” we'll explore three key areas: succession planning, recruitment & retention and training. Our presenters will utilize examples from the purchasing co-op sector to amplify their talking points.

  • 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 fertilizers.Few could have predicted that the coffee rust plague would have ravaged El Salvador’s iconic coffee industry over the course of a few short years, putting thousands of rural families’ livelihoods at risk. In response to this national economic crisis, the USDA launched the

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  • Hotel and registration deadlines fast approaching for CCMA Conference!

    CCMA 2017 is inspired by Minnesota’s state motto, L’etoile du Nord, or "Star of the North."

    CCMA 2017 is inspired by Minnesota’s state motto, L’etoile du Nord, or "Star of the North."CCMA 2017 is inspired by Minnesota’s state motto, L’etoile du Nord, or "Star of the North."CCMA 2017 is inspired by Minnesota’s state motto, L’etoile du Nord, or "Star of the North."The 2017 Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) Conference is just a month away, and deadlines to make hotel reservations

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  • From unemployed to employing others, youth in Uganda are working together

    Herbert Kyamanywa (left) and an assistant plough a field in Kahara.

    Herbert Kyamanywa (left) and an assistant plough a field in Kahara.Herbert Kyamanywa (left) and an assistant plough a field in Kahara.Herbert Kyamanywa (left) and an assistant plough a field in Kahara.When 24-year-old Herbert Kyamanywa was elected secretary of the Turuhamu Youth Association in Kahara Masindi, Uganda in December 2015, he treated it as a call to action.

    The elders of the village had branded youth in that village as unmotivated, superficial and

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  • National Cooperative Bank introduces free financial literacy education

    Take control of your financial future with NCB's free online education program!

    Take control of your financial future with NCB's free online education program!Take control of your financial future with NCB's free online education program!Take control of your financial future with NCB's free online education program!The National Cooperative Bank (NCB) is committed to helping its customers, co-op employees and co-op members pave a path toward a secure financial future. And that begins with a solid understanding of key

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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 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.Rebuilding El Salvador’s iconic coffee industry doesn’t come at a low cost. When coffee rust

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  • Register now for "Prepare for IMPACT" Business Intelligence Webinar Series, Part 1

    During this webinar, you’ll learn how good Business Intelligence implementation can make your co-op more efficient and competitive.

    During this webinar, you’ll learn how good Business Intelligence implementation can make your co-op more efficient and competitive. During this webinar, you’ll learn how good Business Intelligence implementation can make your co-op more efficient and competitive.During this webinar, you’ll learn how good Business Intelligence implementation can make your co-op more efficient and competitive.NCBA CLUSA’s Prepare for IMPACT pre-conference webinars are designed to

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  • Cooperative Hall of Fame inductees reflect on career highlights and the co-op advantage

    2017 inductees to the Cooperative Hall of Fame inductees share wisdom and reflect on lessons learned during a panel last week.

    2017 inductees to the Cooperative Hall of Fame inductees share wisdom and reflect on lessons learned during a panel last week. 2017 inductees to the Cooperative Hall of Fame inductees share wisdom and reflect on lessons learned during a panel last week.2017 inductees to the Cooperative Hall of Fame inductees share wisdom and reflect on lessons learned during a panel last week.Despite coming to the cooperative movement from different backgrounds and sectors, this

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  • Be part of the biggest Fairtrade celebration in history!

    Use #fairtradechallenge to share your celebration!

    Use #fairtradechallenge to share your celebration!Use #fairtradechallenge to share your celebration!Use #fairtradechallenge to share your celebration!From May 12-14, join Fairtrade farmers, workers and supporters for the World Fairtrade Challenge. Treat your colleagues, friends or customers to Fairtrade products like bananas, coffee or chocolate, register your party here and contribute to the biggest

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  • NCBA CLUSA announces results of 2017 Board of Directors election

    A big thank you to our members for participating in this year’s election!

    A big thank you to our members for participating in this year’s election!A big thank you to our members for participating in this year’s election!Michelle Schry, Chair of NCBA CLUSA’s Nominations Committee and Central U.S. Development Manager for National Co+op Grocers, announced the results of NCBA CLUSA’s 2017 Board of Directors at the Annual Membership Meeting & Virtual Town Hall Tuesday. 


    The following individuals were reelected to the board: Joseph Bergeron, President of the Association of Vermont Credit Unions; Cornelius Blanding, Executive Director of the

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