• 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

  • Save the date for the 2017 Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) Conference

    ccma 2017 logo2 500 333 6b01bccma 2017 logo2 500 333 6b01bCo-hosted by the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives and the Twin Cities area food co-ops as local hosts, the 2017 Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) Conference will be held June 8 – 10 at the Radisson Blu in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    This year’s conference theme, "Our North Star: Cooperate to Differentiate," is inspired by Minnesota’s state

  • First Cuban export to U.S. in 50 years will be from a cooperative

    Cuba Charcoal 7b992Cuba Charcoal 7b992Cuba CharcoalSet to arrive January 18th, two days before the incoming administration officially takes office, the first export to the United States from Cuba in over five decades is from an artisanal charcoal cooperative.

    In December 2014, President Obama introduced measures loosening the 55-year-old trade embargo allowing privately-run and cooperative farms in Cuba to export the U.S. The move was part of a plan

  • The Cooperative Foundation seeks input on Spanish translation project

    coop foundation 500 333 9b973coop foundation 500 333 9b973NCBA CLUSA member The Cooperative Foundation is enlisting the help of cooperators to identify existing cooperative materials that—translation to Spanish—would be most valuable to cooperative development work. 
The Cooperative Foundation received a generous grant from the CHS Foundation to identify, prioritize and translate key cooperative education and development materials into Spanish.

    With your help, The Cooperative Foundation will:

     - Compile a list of recommended

  • Opinion: The Wall Street Journal should cover the cooperative economy

    In an opinion piece published this week by YES! Magazine, Keane Bhatt, Legislative Fellow for Rep. Mark Pocan, co-chair of NCBA CLUSA's Congressional Cooperative Business Association, argues that cooperative businesses are burgeoning nationwide, but you wouldn't know it from press coverage. In it's coverage between January and November 2012, the Wall Street Journal mentioned Organic Valley and REI fewer times than an obscure breed of spaniel.

  • NRECA hiring initiative matches veterans with meaningful co-op jobs

    unnamed 2 95de4unnamed 2 95de4America’s returning veterans are facing the lowest veteran unemployment rate in years—a rare bright spot amid ongoing challenges such as PTSD, opioid addiction and homelessness. One of the organizations working to match veterans with meaningful careers is the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)’s Serve our Co-ops; Serve our Country initiative, celebrating it's first anniversary in 2017. NRECA’s press release follows:

    For Charlie Dunn, a veteran of Operation Desert Storm and the Iraq War, finding the community of

  • Madagascar wild pepper is about to change recipes forever, and one co-op is forming to make sure it’s sustainable

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    Tsiperifery pepper [photo: BBC]Tsiperifery pepper [photo: BBC]Tsiperifery pepper [photo: BBC]Everyone knows black pepper. It's ubiquitous on tables and in recipes around the world. But there’s a wild pepper in Madagascar that might change “black pepper” forever.

    Currently, most consumers don’t think about the variety of pepper they grind over their food. But an endemic spice from the forests on the eastern coast of Madagascar—with its strong pepper

  • How water became this Senegal businesswoman’s most popular product

    Aissata LifeStraw 500Aissata LifeStraw 500[Aissata Thilogme stands next to her LifeStraw Filter, which she procured through NCBA CLUSA's USAID|Yaajeende project.]Tucked in the corner of Aissata Thilogme’s small store is her best-selling product—clean water. Not bottles, but bags and bags of filtered water for a fraction of the cost.

    The store, a small room in a larger cement block building off the only main road through town, is

  • First census of worker co-ops in U.S. planned for early 2017

    usfwc logo 500 333 2usfwc logo 500 333 2Beginning in January 2017, the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives and the Democracy at Work Institute—in partnership with researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison—will conduct the first national study of worker co-ops from the perspective of individual worker-owners.

    The Worker Co-op Census will further the Federation’s work to build the sector, advocate for worker co-ops and serve its grassroots members. The

  • Help get cacao cooperatives up and running again in Ecuador

    equal exchange chocolate ecuador 500 333equal exchange chocolate ecuador 500 333If you’ve enjoyed one of Equal Exchange’s Ecuador Organic Dark Chocolate bars, you appreciate cooperative chocolate. Fortaleza del Valle, one of the cocoa bean suppliers for the bar, suffered significant property damage during last year’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake—one of the country’s worst natural disasters in a decade.

    Founded in 2005, Fortaleza del Valle is improving living conditions for small-scale cacao producers in the Manabí Province of Ecuador. The co-op has developed

  • NAFCU has new name effective January 1, 2017

    nafcu new logonafcu new logoThe National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) will operate under a new name as of January 1, 2017—the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions—to reflect that all the association’s federally-insured members now have full voting rights and the ability to serve on the NAFCU Board of Directors.

    “While our name change reflects our mission to serve all federally-insured credit unions, our focus remains the same,” said NAFCU Chair Richard L. Harris, president and CEO of Caltech Employees Federal Credit Union. “We remain committed to

  • Save the date for NCBA CLUSA’s inaugural Co-op Impact Conference!

    impact conf banner 600 1impact conf banner 600 1The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is proud to announce the inaugural Co-op Impact Conference, coming in October 2017. This pivotal cooperative event will, for the first time, bring together a broad spectrum of cooperative sectors to build on and amplify the economic impact co-ops have in the U.S. and internationally. 

    Don't miss out on this opportunity to collaborate and engage with co-op members, supporters, policymakers and other stakeholders. Impact 2017 will replace the sector-specific conferences NCBA CLUSA has traditionally

  • Leading her community: Why one young Guatemalan woman decided to stay

    Angelita GuatemalaAngelita GuatemalaAngelita stands outside her local Nuevo Eden Coffee Co-op. [photo: America Magazine]At only 18 years old, Angelita is already a leader in her community. A volunteer firefighter, midwife and highly skilled in coffee cultivation, she commands more respect than her age would suggest.

    These days, Angelita Paz Cardona works with her community to train them on nutrition, animal care and financial management. Through the training and support of NCBA

  • Salvadoran coffee cooperative gets marketplace boost with new packaging

    SanCarlos Coop President 500SanCarlos Coop President 500[From left: Israel Márquez, president of San Carlos Dos Cooperative, and Margarito Gómez, a coffee cupper who determines quality.]On a recent field visit to the San Carlos Dos Coffee Cooperative in eastern El Salvador, it didn’t take organic coffee specialist, Douglas Barcenas, more than a sip of the steaming, high-altitude coffee to realize that the co-op had a high-quality, gourmet product on

  • Exciting changes coming to CBJ Online in 2017!

    cbj online 500cbj online 500NCBA CLUSA is pleased to announce that in 2017, the CBJ Online will return to its roots—a quarterly Cooperative Business Journal with an emphasis on thought leadership, scholarly research and opinion pieces.

    The weekly roundup of co-op news and events you’re currently subscribed to will continue, but be renamed the Co-op Weekly. Everyone subscribed to CBJ Online will continue to receive the Co-op Weekly in their inboxes every Tuesday.

    Readers interested in in-depth analysis and cutting-edge research within the cooperative space are invited to subscribe to the Journal early next year. Our

  • U.S. Ambassador visits East Timor project sites to celebrate national holiday

    Ambassador Stanton East Timor nursery webAmbassador Stanton East Timor nursery web[U.S. Ambassador to East Timor Karen Stanton visits a nursery for Robusta coffee, shade trees and moringa in Patoo.]Attending Proclamation of Independence Day events in East Timor last month, U.S. Ambassador Karen Stanton traveled to the eastern part of the island to both celebrate the holiday and visit U.S.-funded projects in the region.

  • Volunteer Erin Schneider reflects on Farmer-to-Farmer assignments

    [Erin Schneider poses with a group of women farmers in a village near Kaolack, Senegal, after a composting demonstration.]

    [Erin Schneider poses with a group of women farmers in a village near Kaolack, Senegal, after a composting demonstration.][Erin Schneider poses with a group of women farmers in a village near Kaolack, Senegal, after a composting demonstration.]Repeat volunteer Erin Schneider recently returned from her fifth trip to Senegal with the Farmer-to-Farmer program. A a professional farmer, Schneider will return to Senegal yet again in January 2017 to train a group of women on beekeeping. She has completed assignments through ...

  • USDA recruits new researchers for State Cooperative Statute Library

    Coop Statute Header 500Coop Statute Header 500The State Cooperative Statute Library team has recruited three new researchers to help complete the project, which is still slated for official release by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in early 2017.

    Mike Traxinger, Corporate Attorney for Wheat Growers Cooperative in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and a member of the American Agricultural Law Association Board of Directors, will help research Minnesota and/or North Dakota cooperative law.

    Aleta Botts, Executive Director of the ...

  • New president, new Congress, new opportunity

    In an opinion piece published this week by The Hill, former Reps. Jim Nussle (R-IA) and Jim Matheson (D-UT)—now president and CEO of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), respectively—urge the incoming administration and 115th Congress to work together “in the spirit of cooperation” to achieve “meaningful change” in America. NCBA CLUSA applauds this call for bipartisanship, a hallmark of its Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus.


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