• Why Salvadoran coffee farmers are planting cucumbers and tomatoes

    Quick-yield crops like cucumbers can be planted 2-3 times per season and produce upwards of five times more profit than a rust-plagued coffee crop.

    Quick-yield crops like cucumbers can be planted 2-3 times per season and produce upwards of five times more profit than a rust-plagued coffee crop.Quick-yield crops like cucumbers can be planted 2-3 times per season and produce upwards of five times more profit than a rust-plagued coffee crop.Quick-yield crops like cucumbers can be planted 2-3 times per season and produce upwards of five times more profit than a rust-plagued coffee crop.There’s a well-known season

  • Opinion: Why Co-op training and education matters

    The Fifth Cooperative Principle emphasizes the need for education and training. This is fundamental to the cooperative movement, not only to ensure the success of existing cooperatives with an informed membership and professional management, but also for future leaders of cooperative businesses. By educating emerging leaders about the advantages of the cooperative approach and how to run successful cooperatives, we make sure that future generations are able to empower themselves in their businesses and in their communities. Last week while visiting Minneapolis, I saw the Fifth Principle in action and its powerful impact on the co-op economy for that city and the state of Minnesota.

  • Opinion: Winning by cooperating

    For nearly 20 years, residents of Northeast Greensboro, North Carolina, had nowhere to shop for food in their neighborhood. That changed in late 2016, when the long-awaited Renaissance Community Co-op opened, a healthy, affordable and community-owned grocery store funded in part by Self-Help Credit Union's Self-Help Venture Fund. For journalist Robert McGarvey, it's a perfect example of the power co-ops have when they support each other. He explores Principle #6 in an opinion piece published last week by CU Insight.

  • One week left to submit nominations for NCBA CLUSA’s 2017 Board of Directors

    2017 NCBA CLUSA Board of Directors Election2017 NCBA CLUSA Board of Directors ElectionNominees interested in running to fill five seats on the 2017 NCBA CLUSA Board of Directors, which guides and inspires the organization, have one week left to complete and submit this Nomination Form with requested supplemental material to the Nominating Committee.  

Please email this information to be forwarded to the Nominating Committee to Klaretta Fowler at

  • $1.4 million USDA/NCBA CLUSA co-investment fund backs Salvadoran coffee farmers as they rebuild post-coffee rust

    A worker-owner plants rust-resistant coffee seedlings at Las Lajas Cooperative.

    A worker-owner plants rust-resistant coffee seedlings at Las Lajas Cooperative.A worker-owner plants rust-resistant coffee seedlings at Las Lajas Cooperative.A worker-owner plants rust-resistant coffee seedlings at Las Lajas Cooperative.Rebuilding El Salvador’s iconic coffee industry doesn’t come at a low cost. When coffee rust started affecting the crop in 2013—slashing production levels and wiping out entire farms’ worth of coffee plants—the industry was at

  • NCBA CLUSA hosts first ever Cooperative Leadership Event in Madagascar

    madagascar CLE 500 333 9fb16madagascar CLE 500 333 9fb16Day one of the Cooperative Leadership Forum in Madagascar. The conference runs through February 17 and is supported by the country's Ministry of Industry and Private Sector Development, which governs legislation on co-ops. This week over 200 agriculture co-op leaders and supporters are gathering in Antananarivo, Madagascar’s capital, for the first ever cooperative

  • Let’s take the mystery out of training Millennials

    millennials training 500 333 a308bmillennials training 500 333 a308bA webinar hosted by NCBA CLUSA next month will explore strategies for hiring, managing, learning from and selling to Millennials.For many cooperatives in 2017, hiring, training and managing millennials present unique challenges for management. In a featured guest column for Co-op Weekly (reprinted below with permission from ...

  • Nominations now open for the 2017 CCMA Awards for Cooperative Excellence

    ccma 2017 logo2 500 333 d7292ccma 2017 logo2 500 333 d7292The 2017 Awards for Cooperative Excellence will be announced at the Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.Nominations are now open for the 2017 CCMA Awards for Cooperative Excellence. The Awards recognize food cooperatives and members of the food cooperative

  • National Cooperative Bank finances expansion of Minneapolis worker co-op

    hub bike coop 500 333 2798bhub bike coop 500 333 2798bThe Hub Bike Co-op, which converted to a worker-owned cooperative in 2008, dedicates 5 percent of its profits to support the cycling community, the city of Minneapolis and the environment. [photo: NCB]The National Cooperative Bank (NCB), a leading financial services company dedicated to serving cooperatives and

  • Panel to explore how African Americans have embraced co-ops as social justice tool

    feb 13 panel 500 333 edits 6fe06feb 13 panel 500 333 edits 6fe06Moderated by Ellis Carr, far left, next week's panel includes, from left: Jessica Gordon Nembhard, LaKeisha Wolf, Alex Serrano and Cornelius Blanding.There’s still time to register for “...

  • One farming network doubles down on doubled yields from Conservation Farming

    Sadakh Senghor Millet 500 333 f7cb2Sadakh Senghor Millet 500 333 f7cb2Sadakh Senghor displays a long stalk of millet in front of his large harvest, grown with conservation farming techniques.Sadakh Senghor, a farmer in rural Senegal, doubled his yields the first year he applied conservation farming techniques to his field. After that, he couldn’t believe everyone wasn’t doing it. So in 2011 when he was elected president of

  • New statutes added to co-op law library; full launch coming soon

    A comprehensive, state-by-state review of co-op law will address the challenge of inconsistent legislative framework for cooperative development in the U.S.

    The State Cooperative Statute Library team has released two new additions to its growing database of co-op law: research on New York’s Cooperative Corporations Law and Wisconsin’s General Cooperative Statutes. Other statutes with complete or near-complete research include the Georgia Agricultural Statue, the Wisconsin Incorporated and Unincorporated Association statutes, the West Virginia Statute, and the Illinois, Iowa, South Dakota and Virginia General and Agricultural statutes, bringing the state total to 18.

  • America's electric cooperatives support call for rural broadband expansion

    midewest energy coop 500 333 2be35midewest energy coop 500 333 2be35America's electric co-ops are praising an effort by the House Rural Broadband Caucus to make rural broadband access a top economic development priority. Here, a Midwest Energy Cooperative crew pull fiber cable in Schoolcraft, Michigan. [photo: Midwest Energy Cooperative]America’s Electric Cooperatives last week applauded the 71 members of Congress who sent a

  • From donuts to salt blocks, how one woman built a resilient business in Niger

    REGIS Halima Salt 500 333 12c23REGIS Halima Salt 500 333 12c23Halima displays her livestock salt licks.For anyone who has lived in or visited Niger, or many of the small towns across Africa, entrepreneurs—usually women—on the side of the road selling snacks, produce and one-off items are ubiquitous. But getting beyond that level of entrepreneurship takes partnership, training and investment. For Halima Ibrahima, from Hanou

  • Up & Coming Conference is outfitting startup food co-ops with the tools they need to transform their communities

    upcoming conf 2016 500 333 5bf90upcoming conf 2016 500 333 5bf90Up & Coming Food Conference attendees in Bloomington, Indiana, last year represented 66 food co-ops from 24 states. [photo courtesy Up & Coming]It all started in 2010 when Bloomingfoods Co-op in Bloomington, Indiana, and the Indiana Cooperative Development Center (ICDC) were

  • Opinion: Creating social change, together

    In an opinion piece published this month by Ferment: The Real Pickles Blog, Addie Rose Holland, co-owner of NCBA CLUSA member Real Pickles in Greenfield, Massachusetts, says a just, democratic and sustainable society can be achieved by working together.

  • NCBA CLUSA to start Community Development Fund as part of new USAID project in Guatemala

    hope of life PO 500 333 941f4hope of life PO 500 333 941f4Hope of Life Producers Group in Western Guatemala.Working in partnership with Catholic Relief Services, NCBA CLUSA will help establish a local Community Development Fund as part of the new $50 million Communities Leading Development Project in Guatemala funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Other project partners include Mercy Corps, ADIPO,

  • UNESCO adds cooperation to its Intangible Cultural Heritage list

    german coop leaders 500 333 66e40german coop leaders 500 333 66e40Dr. Hermann Schulze-Delitzsch, left, and Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen helped to shape the idea of cooperation in Germany. [photo: Co-operative News]Responding to a submission from Germany—which boasts a co-op economy of 20 million members—the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added cooperatives to its list of

  • NCBA CLUSA joins 80 NGOs and InterAction to outline priorities for incoming UN Secretary-General

    UN Guterres 500 333 cd13fUN Guterres 500 333 cd13fUN Secretary-General António Guterres, left, is sworn in by Peter Thomson, president of the 71st session of the General Assembly. [photo: Justin Lane/European Pressphoto Agency]In a letter organized by NGO alliance InterAction this week, NCBA CLUSA included its voice in welcoming the incoming United Nations Secretary-General

  • Why organizing matters—how partnerships trained over 3,000 millet farmers in Senegal

    Faye millet senegal 500 333 bc79dFaye millet senegal 500 333 bc79dKhady Faye, a member of her local producer organization, leads a breakout session during a technical workshop with ANCAR and NCBA CLUSA's USDA-funded Millet Business Services Project.Millet is one of the most important crops in Senegal. Although most farm income comes from cash crops like groundnuts or peanuts, millet remains the main food in the



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