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NCBA CLUSA joins organizations pushing for new U.S. global food security legislation

NCBA CLUSA joined NGO alliance InterAction and other organizations engaged in efforts to end global hunger by signing a statement this week urging Congress to introduce bipartisan legislation by September that ensures continued U.S. leadership in improving food and nutrition security.

According to the statement, 842 million people are hungry worldwide, with malnutrition behind approximately half of all deaths of children under the age of five. Hunger and malnutrition stand between people and “healthy, productive lives,” and are directly linked to stunting the mental, as well as physical development of “future generations,” the statement says.

In recent years, the U.S. government has made strides in renewing its efforts to end hunger. Its global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future, has improved nutrition for more than 12.5 million children and equipped close to 7 million farmers and producers with new technologies and management practices.

Still, InterAction, its NGO members and supporting organizations would like to see even more resources enlisted in the fight.

“We strongly urge Congress to introduce bipartisan legislation this September, and we pledge to work with Congress and the administration to support passage of legislation that will ensure continued U.S. leadership on global food and nutrition security and poverty reduction,” the statement says.

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  THUMB 01 International Summit of Cooperatives to focus on innovation

This year's International Summit of Cooperatives is expected to shed new light on the innovative capacity of the cooperative business model. Ahead of the October summit, Co-operative News spoke with Summit Organizing Committee Executive Director Stéphane Bertrand for this story

Designed to create a global forum for cooperative leaders, academics and experts, the biennial International Summit of Cooperatives will examine how cooperatives can provide innovative solutions for the big challenges facing the world.

This year’s summit will focus on five main themes: developing cooperative and mutual enterprises; economics, financing and capitalization; employment; food security; and health and social care services. 

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  THUMB 01 Reminder: 2014 NCBA CLUSA Board elections are open!

Have you gotten your VoteNet login credentials yet? Online elections for the 2014 NCBA CLUSA Board of Directors opened yesterday, August 4, and will run through August 29. All NCBA CLUSA members in good standing are invited to cast their votes. Email Director of Member Relations Thomas Bowen to receive your login credentials if you did not receive them via email yesterday.

Candidates include: Joseph G. Bergeron, Cornelius Blanding, Linda Brockway, Carla Decker, Charles Forman, Esteban Kelly, Maria Miller, Dave Swanson, Ed Yaker and Karen Zimbelman. 

The election will fill five open positions on the board. 

The NCBA CLUSA Board brings consistent focus to the organization's long-term impact, results, purpose, and future opportunities to serve the needs of members. Board members exercise proactive leadership in policy development, collective decision-making after encouraging a diversity of viewpoints, and adhere to the highest standard of ethical conduct in all aspects of governance and leadership of NCBA CLUSA.  

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  THUMB 01 NCBA CLUSA Webinar: Latest trends for planning a website re-design, featuring MindActive

Despite their compelling stories and solid value propositions, co-ops are often underserved when it comes to digital marketing.

MindActive is working to change that. The creative services agency helps cooperative businesses communicate their stories through targeted, relevant messaging and thoughtful use of social media.

“In a competitive world, marketing messages about key value propositions are still going to drive interest and ultimately convert customers,” said Byron Sletten, a MindActive owner/partner. “The good news is, once that initial relationship is established, the co-op philosophy often retains customers for life.”

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  THUMB 01 CUNA study reveals demographic profile of credit union members, non-members

The results of Credit Union National Association's member and nonmember survey reflect growing diversity. CUNA published this article on the trend as credit unions seek to meet their members' increasingly diverse needs, opportunities and challenges: 

As credit unions approach the 100 million member milestone, the diversity of credit union membership has never shined brighter. The Credit Union National Association's 2014 National Member and Nonmember survey reveals exactly how diverse that membership is.

Overall, credit union members are an attractive consumer market. Four of 10 have college degrees, compared with 24 percent of nonmembers. More than half (54 percent) of members are employed full time, while only 39 percent of nonmembers have full-time jobs. And 76 percent of members are homeowners, compared with 52 percent of nonmembers. 

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  THUMB 01 Alberta Co-op Grocery evens access to fresh, healthy food in Portland area

The Fresh Exchange matching program supported by Alberta Cooperative Grocery is increasing access to fresh, healthy food among the Portland area's limited-income seniors and families. StrongerTogether filed this story under "Voices from the Field:" 

The number one goal for the Alberta Cooperative Grocery in Portland, Oregon, is to connect people with fresh, high quality, affordable food. This was the driving force in the formation of their co-op in 1997 and continues to be reflected in their store and in their support for the community. This support includes helping to make the healthy, fresh, local food from the farmers market down the street affordable for families struggling to put food on the table.

“It’s central to our mission to open direct ties between people and farms and to make fresh food accessible,” says Theresa Calabrese, marketing and outreach coordinator for the Alberta Cooperative Grocery. 

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NCBA CLUSA Upcoming Events  

 
Planning for a Worry-Free Audit
2014-Aug-20 02:00 pm - to - 2014-Aug-05 03:00 pm
 
 
 
 
Latest Web Trends for Planning a Re-Design
2014-Aug-28 02:00 pm - to - 2014-Aug-05 03:00 pm
 
 
 
 
2014 Purchasing Cooperatives Conference
2014-Sep-08 10:00 am - to - 2014-Sep-10 12:30 pm
 
 
 
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2014-Sep-09 01:45 pm - to - 2014-Sep-11 11:45 am
 
 
 
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About NCBA CLUSA
The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is the trade association for cooperative businesses in the United States and an international development organization. NCBA CLUSA provides cross-sector education, technical assistance, and advocacy that helps co-ops thrive. For nearly 100 years, NCBA CLUSA has sought to advance and protect cooperative enterprises, highlighting the impact that cooperatives have in bettering the lives of individuals and families. In the last 60 years, NCBA CLUSA has worked in over 100 countries in the areas of food security, agricultural development, strengthening of communities and farmer organizations, community-based health, natural resources management, and empowerment of smallholder farmers, women, and youth. We currently work in 15 countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.
 
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