Impact - International

  • Working cooperatively and globally to build economic empowerment

    Through NCBA CLUSA’s Farmer-to-Farmer program, members have the opportunity to impact communities abroad. Recently, Jennifer Seeker Conroy, Senior Marketing Consultant for CUNA Mutual Retirement Solutions, an NCBA CLUSA member, completed a volunteer assignment in rural Senegal. Below, she recounts her experience:

    By: Jennifer Seeker Conroy, Sr. Marketing Consultant, CUNA Mutual Retirement Solutions

    In the far eastern corner of Senegal, near where the Senegal River weaves a snaky border with Mauritania, you will find women dressed in brightly-colored, billowing dresses, their hair wrapped in matching fabric bent over green garden plots. Often they have babies tied to their backs with cloth, snoozing as their mothers work. The farms are split into perfect rectangles,

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  • Empowering women, empowering communities: NCBA CLUSA integrates gender throughout programs

    Empowering women is a major part of making all of NCBA CLUSA's projects sustainable. Whether encouraging women to become lead farmers, take on a leadership role in their community, apply for land titles and learn business skills or empowering them with the knowledge to raise healthy children, women are the key to building resilient communities. NCBA CLUSA focuses on providing women access to finance, training, literacy and numeracy in order to impact their ability to do business, raise healthy families and be agricultural as well as community leaders.

    As we celebrate International Women’s Day this year, NCBA CLUSA is highlighting some of the strong women who are changing their communities with support from our projects.

    Women like Agustina Pinto, who are innovating the vanilla industry in Timor L‘este. Pinto is the first person in her country to grow vanilla

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  • Increasing soil fertility by fighting erosion: a win-win for Senegalese farmers

    At the beginning of each training, Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer Josephine Hegarty asked the farmers of Senegal’s G.I.E. Millet producers group: “What have you done to solve the erosion problem?” The answer was usually silence. At the individual level, most farmers had not done anything.

    Natural Resource Management can be as encompassing and far reaching as national forest and industry policies, and as personal as planting shrubs to manage erosion and promote soil fertility on local farms. But beyond the large scale positive effects of environmental sustainability and efficient use of resources, incorporating small natural resource management techniques such as using trees as wind shields or leaving weeds and crop stalks in the field not only helps stem erosion, but can also increase the soil’s ability to absorb water, in turn increasing fertility, and ultimately, increasing

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  • Less than a month to take advantage of early-bird pricing for Impact 2016

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    There are just three weeks left to lock in the early-bird member rate of $250 for NCBA CLUSA’s 2016 Annual Cooperatives Conference, scheduled for May 2 – 4 in Washington, D.C. The only cross-sector event in the nation’s capital that speaks with a united

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  • NCBA CLUSA’s REGIS-ER project prioritizes safe drinking water in Burkina Faso

    In 2014, the access to potable water in rural areas of Burkina Faso reached less than two thirds of the population and sanitation rates were less than 10 percent. Due to issues like these, 6,000 children under the age of five die every year from waterborne diseases, according to government reports. Water supply services in many areas are inadequate and existing pumps are abandoned. When pumps work, they are hard to access, especially for women. The pump maintenance system is poor, with high rates of breakdown. Well water, when it can be found, is poor quality. Many people simply do not know about the available technology or how poor hygiene affects health.

    To address these issues, the Burkina Faso Government, along with U.S. Agency for International Development and its development partners, has begun to implement a national water supply program. Coping with the challenges

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  • All Current Projects

     

    AFRICA

    Burkina Faso and Niger: USAID | Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel - Enhanced Resilience (REGIS-ER)

    Ethiopia and Nigeria:

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  • IMPACT: Leading by Example

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  • IMPACT: Drip by Drip

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  • Impact: Beyond Farmers, Nurseries Bring in New Producers

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  • Impact of Fairtrade certification on producers and consumers explored in NCBA CLUSA webinar

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    (September 1, 2015)

    What is behind Fairtrade certification and how does it impact producers, cooperatives and consumers? To answer these questions, NCBA CLUSA hosted representatives from Fairtrade America, Equal Exchange and

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  • Capital Impact Partners’ first “Co-op Innovation Award” provides $40,000 to two leading cooperative organizations

    Capital Impact Partners announced April 29 that it has awarded $40,000 to the Democracy at Work Institute and United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives through its first Co-op Innovation Award. These organizations were chosen for their track record in providing high-quality technical assistance to startup and existing co-ops as well as their leadership in scaling the cooperative model with a focus on low-income communities.

    “Thirty years ago, Capital Impact was born out of the need to support consumer and small business cooperatives working in low-income communities,” said Terry Simonette, president and CEO of Capital Impact Partners. “We are thrilled to continue that tradition with the debut of our Co-op Innovation Award and support for these two worthy

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  • NRECA's Emerson says co-ops positioned to impact local politics on a national level

    Electric cooperatives are in an ideal position to build rock-solid grassroots political strength by tapping innovative ways of engaging their members and building their communities, NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson said.

    “If you’re going to tweet anything today, tweet this: We do local politics on a national level,” Emerson said Feb. 23 during her keynote address at the first general session of the 73rd NRECA Annual Meeting in California.

    In a spirited support of the cooperative model, Emerson called on co-op leaders from across the country to recommit to their members as the best way to be heard in the political corridors of Washington, D.C.

    “The more technology we deploy, the more clout we have,” she said. “The stronger we are in politics, the more change we make in our communities. The better we serve consumers, the more trust we gain in the halls of

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  • Launch of training, technology center to impact rural smallholder farmers in Timor-Leste

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    A new seedling nursery, demonstration center, and training and technology facility in Timor-Leste is expected to boost and diversify income sources for rural smallholder farmers in the Southeast Asian country, as well as increase

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  • Co-op Research / Economic Impact

    The National Cooperative Business Association partnered with its members and the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives (UWCC) to conduct research on the impact of cooperatives on the US economy

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