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  • Land reclamation empowers women, improves livelihoods in Niger

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    It’s the hot season in Niger. The sun filters through the millet stalk roof of the shade hangar we sit beneath. Ramatou Yaye, a 48-year-old mother of six, gestures behind her to a large garden protected by durable fencing.

    “It used to be that my family ate vegetables only one season per year. Now, with the help of Arziki, we can eat and sell vegetables year-round. It has changed our lives,” she says.

    Arziki, NCBA CLUSA’s USAID-funded Niger Food Security Program means “prosperity” in Niger’s local languages of Hausa and Zarma. This

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  • Are You Showing your Co-opiness?

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    NCBA CLUSA is hosting an upcoming webinar on understanding “The Benefits of a United Co-op Identity” on April 29 from 10am -11am EST.  This free webinar will provide compelling reasons why your organization should have its own .coop domain and you'll receive the Cooperative Marque Brand Guidelines that outline your part in raising awareness of our collective identity.

    Two dedicated cooperators from Domains.coop will present this webinar.  They bring years of experience in marketing and branding and will explain the merits of identifying with a global

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  • NCBA CLUSA Hosts First Webinar in Series with USDA

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    Ongoing and future conversations designed to update and inform cooperative stakeholder community on current changes in Rural Development priorities and programs

     

    On April 11, 2014, NCBA CLUSA convened its inaugural webinar series with the USDA as Lillian Salerno, administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Business-Cooperative Service in the department's Rural Development Agency, presented, while President and CEO Michael Beall moderated.  NCBA CLUSA is

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  • Spotlight: Harriet May, Co-op Hall of Fame Inductee

    Harriet May is the former President & CEO of the Government Employees Credit Union (GECU)

    As CEO of the Government Employees Credit Union, Harriet May understood the power of credit unions to improve the lives of low income and minority members of her El Paso, Texas community.

    Harriet May began her career as a teller and rose to become the CEO of GECU – the largest locally owned financial institution in El Paso, Texas. She has been a cooperative leader at the state, national, and international levels. May led efforts to make home ownership more widely available by helping to establish an Affordable Housing Credit Union Service Organization. The CUSO’s results have been dramatic, impacting the lives of thousands in her community. She was an innovator in the area of financial literacy, even participating in a panel discussion with the President of the United States, and she worked across the border with Mexican officials in order to put in place a system of affordable remittance services. The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) has looked to May to

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  • Registration is now open! 2014 Purchasing Cooperatives Conference

    Looking for an opportunity to meet industry icons, share best practices with colleagues and connect with potential partners in the purchasing and shared-services cooperative community? Register now for the 2014 NCBA CLUSA Purchasing Cooperative Conference, meeting September 8 to 10 at the Depot Renaissance Hotel in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    Keynote speaker Dame Pauline Green, president of the International Cooperative Alliance, will challenge conference attendees to raise awareness of the cooperative business model, spurring its continued growth and status in the coming decades. Dame Green is the first woman president of the International Cooperative Alliance in its 116-year history.

    The basic registration fee covers access to two general sessions, open sessions, the exhibit hall and networking events, including breaks, meals and an evening

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  • Israel launches first co-op supermarket

    By Yuval Avivi, Al Monitor

    On the morning of April 14, less than 12 hours before the traditional Passover holiday dinner, a quick visit to a supermarket called Shelanu (Hebrew for "Ours") in the east Bitzaron neighborhood of Tel Aviv reveals little activity. The few shoppers move lethargically among the aisles. Not a single one of them, by the way, is one of 500 members who each paid 1,000 shekels ($290) to join the social-economic cooperative founded at the end of 2011, because it has yet to start an intensive membership drive.

    Not far from there, at a huge chain supermarket, it's mayhem: carts laden with produce roll through the massive parking lot, sometimes more than one cart to a customer. Israelis have not yet changed their consumption habits, despite their anger at the large retail chains. They refuse to stop buying there, not even on "Supermarket Free Day" declared this year on April 1.

    A comparison between the large markets and the cooperative Shelanu store is like comparing a Chihuahua to a Great Dane. Shelanu takes up only 160 square meters (191 square yards), while

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  • Spotlight: Martin Lowery, Co-op Hall of Fame Inductee

    Martin Lowery, Executive Vice President, External Affairs, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)


    For more than three decades, Martin Lowery has been a forceful advocate for the cooperative business model, with an unshakable conviction that enabling people to empower themselves represents the best was to improve the quality of their lives. Martin Lowery is Executive Vice President, Member and Association Relations of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) with overall responsibility to ensure that NRECA excels in meeting the needs of its 1,000 member cooperatives. His career at NRECA began in 1982 and includes managing NRECA's Consulting, Training and Market Research Division, providing essential management services to the NRECA membership.


    Martin serves on the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) board and is a past Chair. He also serves on the board of the National Cooperative Bank (NCB), the Ralph K. Morris Foundation board and is the U.S. representative to the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA)

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  • Success in Austin! 2nd Annual Austin Co-op Summit brings Co-ops Together

    More than 100 people interested in how cooperative businesses can help move the Central Texas economy toward shared abundance and prosperity, came together at the second annual Austin Cooperative Summit brought by the Austin Cooperative Business Association and NCBA CLUSA.

    "The summit identified opportunities to expand the cooperative economy here in Central Texas and showcased many of the cooperative businesses thriving in our region," said Brian Donovan, Executive Director of the Austin Cooperative Business Association. "The feedback has been really positive and we are already thinking about how it can be even better next year."

    The opening reception included presentations from NCBA CLUSA CEO, Mike Beall, Texas Electric Cooperatives CEO, Mike Williams, and Executive VP of the National Coop Bank, Steven Brookner, talking about their experience in the cooperative movement and the value their organizations bring to members and the communities they serve. During the evening reception, many cooperatives shared their work and products including: Equal Exchange, Wheatsville Food

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  • A Sticky Note Starts New Food Co-op in PA Town

    A simple sticky note was the catalyst to bring discussions and future implementation of a Friends and Farmers food co-op that will bring an additional outlet for local farmers to sell their food and provide a way for residents to buy locally grown food and support the local economy.

    In addition to the food co-op start up, plans are underway to include a commercial kitchen that would be accessible to members or rented out to local small businesses. This article is shared from The Daily Collegian, a publication that is independently published by students at Penn State University.

    Local foods could get another outlet through store owned by food cooperative
    By Clayton Over, Staff Writer, The Daily Collegian

    The idea for Friends and Farmers Cooperative sprouted on a sticky note two years ago. As early as next summer, one of its goals could come to fruition.

    The food cooperative launched a membership drive last month, with the ultimate objective of raising capital to open a grocery store that would sell local food and goods, interim board member Elizabeth Crisfield

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  • Queens Worker Co-op Formed for All the Right Reasons

    Through out the country, worker cooperatives are fast becoming the solution to unethical business practices and worker exploitation.  The co-op business model provides the opportunity for individuals to take ownership in their professional lives and apply time-tested principles that focus on equality and integrity.  

    In this article, by reporter Tobias Salinger of the New York Daily News, the motivation and purpose for establishing a 15-member cleaning cooperative is made plain, providing the perfect example of worker empowerment.

    Queens Cleaning Ladies form Workers Cooperative 

    By Tobias Salinger, New York Daily News

    They were tired of being taken to the cleaners by their bosses — so they’re taking out the trash on their own.

    Pa’lante Green Cleaning, a 15-member Jackson Heights cleaning cooperative owned and operating by the

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  • Success in Austin! 2nd Annual Austin Co-op Summit Brings Co-ops Together

    More than 100 people interested in how cooperative businesses can help move the Central Texas economy toward shared abundance and prosperity, came together at the second annual Austin Cooperative Summit brought by the Austin Cooperative Business Association and NCBA CLUSA. “The summit identified opportunities to expand the cooperative economy here in Central Texas and showcased many of the cooperative businesses thriving in our region,” said Brian Donovan, Executive Director of the Austin Cooperative Business Association. “The feedback has been really positive and we are already thinking about how it can be even better next year.” The opening reception included presentations from NCBA CLUSA CEO, Mike Beall, Texas Electric Cooperatives CEO, Mike Williams, and Executive VP of the National Coop Bank, Steven Brookner, talking about their experience in the cooperative movement and the value their organizations bring to members and the communities they serve. During the evening reception, many cooperatives shared their work and products including: Equal Exchange, Wheatsville Food Co-op, Black Star Co-op, Cooperation Texas, Red Rabbit Cooperative Bakery, KOOP Radio, Artists Screen

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  • 2014 Cooperative Issues Forum! Registration Open!

    The Cooperative Development Foundation invites you to attend the Fourth Annual Cooperative Issues Forum on May 7, 2014 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm EST at the renowned National Press Club in Washington, DC. This year the forum will feature a Keynote Address by Dame Pauline Green, President of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA). In addition to the keynote there will be various updates on domestic cooperative development and technical assistance plans. You won't want to miss a special panel moderated by NCBA CLUSA president Mike Beall as he engages with the 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees. Click here for the full agenda. Space is limited! Register online today by clicking here. We look forward to seeing you!

    The Cooperative Development Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation headquartered in Washington, DC. CDF's mission is to promote community, economic and social development through cooperative enterprises.

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  • Shreveport Federal Credit Union receives the Alcorn State University 2014 Cooperative of the Year Award!

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    "This is a wonderful honor and we are proud to be the recipient of the 2014 Cooperative of the Year Award," said Mrs. Helen Godfrey-Smith upon accepting the award. "I am more committed than ever to the development of more partnerships and projects that help communities grow and prosper, and finding viable solutions to challenges facing residents in the Delta."


    The 2014 Cooperative of the Year Award was bestowed

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  • The International Summit of Cooperatives Announces Speakers

    intl-summit-2014 ad402intl-summit-2014 ad402With the United Nations declaring 2014 the International Year of Family Farming, the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives will bring together experts, researchers, and decision makers from the cooperative world and civil society to discuss how cooperative enterprises help ensure global food security. The 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives will be held in Quebec City, Canada, from October 6 to October 9.

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    A round table dedicated to the challenge of "Feeding 9 billion people by 2050: Idealism vs. Realism" will bring together a number

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  • Co-operatives: Major Contributors for Sustainable Development

    By Rodrigo Gouveia (International Co-operative Alliance Director of Policy)

    The United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals were set in the year 2000 and include ambitious aims in different fields that range from eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, promoting gender equality and empower women, achieving universal primary education to ensuring environmental sustainability. These targets were to be achieved by the end of 2015.

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    The UN is now in the process of evaluating the achievements and, most importantly, of setting new goals for the post-2015 period. It is general global consensus that this time the UN will focuson Sustainable Development Goals, therefore putting an emphasis on sustainability. The new goals are under discussion and will only be formally approved in 2015.

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  • Cooperative Legislation around the World: The International Cooperative Law Handbook


    In 2009, the national legislature of Mozambique passed a new law recognizing cooperatives as autonomous businesses, the management of which belongs to no one but the members. While the law provides co-ops with basic legal requirements, it allows them to be mostly self-regulating.  

    Passage of the new law represented the culmination of a nation-wide movement led by citizens and business leaders. NCBA CLUSA assisted in this movement, which began with small, regional meetings of farmers.  Since 1992 when Mozambique emerged from civil war, the government has adopted a market-based economy.  However, until the passage of the new law, many cooperatives continued to operate under the constitutional terms of the former socialist government.

    To aid other countries around the world in navigating the possibilities of cooperative laws, a recentlypublished International Handbook of Co-operative Law provides guidelines as to how the seven

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  • Farmers Helping Farmers: Cooperative Program Launches in Senegal


    On Wednesday, April 2 a renewed agreement of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program was launched at NCBA CLUSA’s project office in Dakar, Senegal, ensuring the program will continue for an additional five years.  Senegalese Ministry officials and representatives of USAID were present at this event, denoting the importance the local government places on this highly successful development program. This program is being implemented by ACDI/VOCA in key partnership with NCBA CLUSA.

    The F2F program provides the opportunity for American farmers and agribusiness professionals to assist farmers in Senegal focusing on three key sectors: Horticulture, Millet Value Chain, and Environmental Conservation. The volunteers will be working in the regions of Kaolack (central) and Matam (northeast) areas of Senegal.

    A common problem facing Senegalese farmers is depleting soil fertility, which affects crop yields.  F2F volunteers

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  • Opportunity for Co-op Exchange in Cuba


    The Federation of Southern Cooperatives (FSC) was recently granted a one-year travel license by the United States Department of Treasury, to legally travel to the island country of Cuba for educational purposes.  The license authorizes individuals under the auspices of FSC to travel to Cuba for coop educational exchanges.

    In March of 2014 a representative of the FSC traveled to Cuba to meet with the host cooperative association and began the conversation regarding people to people and co-op to co-op educational exchanges. In May of 2014 a small FSC delegation is planning to travel to Cuba to finalize plans and organize the visit of a larger representative group under the current license.

    FSC is offering the opportunity for all parties interested in traveling to Cuba and taking part in this educational exchange and collaboration venture should contact Cornelius Blanding @ 404-765-0991.

  • New York City Network for Worker Co-op’s Speaks Out

     

    In 2013, New York City procured 16.5 billion dollars worth of supplies and construction services, but none of this money was allocated to worker-owned co-operative businesses. What could happen if this changed? Founding Director of the NYC Network for Worker Co-operatives Chris Michael came examines this.

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  • USDA Launches Webinar Series to Connect with Co-ops

    MN-Logo b78ebMN-Logo b78ebA special webinar series hosted by Lillian Salerno, Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Business-Cooperative Service, in the Department's Rural Development Agency, with the first one on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 10:00am EST.

    NCBA CLUSA is organizing this webinar series in partnership with the USDA to convening the cooperative stakeholder community to hear directly from Administrator Salerno on the many ongoing changes and the strategic direction her agency is taking as it implements many Administration and Department priorities and initiatives, including the recent Farm Bill. This

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