In order to manage the water boreholes across the Bombonyenga Village, the community founded a Water User’s Association to oversee mobilizing the people and resources that keep the human-powered pumps up and running. Following training and coaching from USAID|REGIS-ER project, which NCBA CLUSA is implementing in Niger and Burkina Faso, the association is key to keeping the water services accountable,...
A bipartisan bill designed to curb barriers facing America’s small businesses was unanimously passed by the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee last week, creating increased access to financing for a new crop of employee-owned businesses.
While only 15 percent of the U.S. population calls rural America home, they steward at least 75 percent of the country’s natural resources, providing a foundation of food security and economic stability enjoyed nationwide, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack told a bipartisan group of rural policy leaders and technologists last week.
With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the Cooperative Development Foundation and NCBA CLUSA will embark on a two-year project to understand the role of cooperatives in building healthy, equitable and sustainable communities.
In a shift away from its cooperative roots, the management of True Value last week announced a proposal to sell 70 percent of the hardware company's ownership to a Washington, D.C.-based private equity firm. It is now up to the members of the cooperative to consider and vote on the proposal.