The nation’s cooperative businesses are poised to be an integral part of achieving a 10-year infrastructure plan released by the White House yesterday, but a concurrent proposal to gut the only federal program dedicated to advancing the impact of cooperative businesses nationwide jeopardizes that potential.
NCBA CLUSA is seeking proposals for conference sessions and panels through March 5 for the 2018 Cooperative IMPACT Conference. This is your opportunity to help amplify the impact co-ops already have in the U.S. and around the world and explore new ways co-ops can drive even greater economic growth and participation.
The cooperative movement is at a crossroads. With American economic growth largely concentrated in a few highly populated urban areas, swaths of the country continue to feel disconnected from their economy and unsure about the future. Many feel resentment over the way they perceive public policy decisions are made and resources are allocated. Cooperators know that ownership is the path to a more inclusive economy.
NCBA CLUSA and its cooperative partners are thrilled to announce that the second annual Co-op Festival will take place October 6 and 7, 2018 on the National Mall in Washington, DC! We’re already working on the displays, activities and performances that will make this year’s festival even more impactful.
In 2017, NCBA CLUSA pivoted from celebrating 100 years of supporting cooperatives that build a better world to envisioning how best to advance that legacy. With that transition came milestones in advocacy, public awareness of cooperatives and thought leadership.
Partnering with Catholic Relief Services, NCBA CLUSA is working with the U.S. Agency for International Development's Fararano project in Madagascar to connect smallholder farmers to markets – helping to diversify and improve household incomes in the region.
NCBA CLUSA’s two Volunteer of the Year Award winners Erin Schneider and Matthew Amato with their nominating program team Linda-Ann Akanvou and Virginia Bunker at today’s International Volunteer Day event.
At Capitol Hill on International Volunteer Day, a broad spectrum of skilled volunteers, bipartisan congressional champions, USAID leadership and volunteer organizations and experts from the private sector gathered to celebrate the contributions of volunteers to effective U.S. and global development and discuss a new initiative to leverage pro-bono private sector expertise to reduce poverty and promote prosperity worldwide.
Now working with NCBA CLUSA's Youth Empowerment through Agriculture (YETA) project in Uganda, Apangu Godfrey Philliam was awarded a scholarship by Marshal Papworth to earn a Master of Science degree in Food and Water Security at Aberystwyth University in the UK. Since graduating, Apangu has returned to Uganda and trained over 1,000 youth in agribusiness and other skills through the YETA project, funded by the Mastercard Foundation.