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U.S. senators see returns on food security investments in Senegal Special Feature Banner

A display featuring NCBA CLUSA’s USAID-funded food security project in Senegal, Yaajeende, drew the attention of lawmakers from the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry during an exhibit last week at the Senegalese Agricultural Research Institute’s Horticultural Development Center in Dakar.

The all-woman delegation of senators—likely the first ever, according to the Washington Post—was in Africa for an 11-day fact-finding trip to review American agriculture and aid investments in the region, with a focus on women’s economic empowerment.

A five-year Feed the Future Nutrition-led Agriculture program targeting the Matam, Kédougou, Bakel and Kolda regions of Senegal, Yaajeende is designed to reduce malnutrition by promoting access to nutrient-dense foods. A local social marketing campaign called Mangez Orange (“Eat Orange”) raises awareness of the importance of Vitamin A and how eating orange-colored foods such as orange-flesh sweet potatoes, carrots, mangoes and papaya can help children avoid deficiencies. 

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  THUMB 01 Jim Nussle, former House Budget Committee chair/director of OMB, named president/CEO of CUNA

A comprehensive search has led to the appointment of former congressman and cabinet member Jim Nussle as CEO and president of the Credit Union National Association. CUNA published this press release announcing the board's decision: 

Jim Nussle, a former eight-term congressman and director of the White House Office of Management and Budget for President George W. Bush, is the new president and CEO of the Credit Union National Association, the chairman of the nation’s largest trade group for credit unions announced today.

Nussle will assume his new role in Washington for CUNA in the coming weeks. 

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  THUMB 01 Yes Youth Can! project extension signed for $1.5 million through July 2015

An agreement taking affect this month grants NCBA CLUSA $1,450,637 to extend its USAID-funded Yes Youth Can! capacity-building project in Kenya through July 2015.

The extension moves the project’s estimated completion date from August 31, 2014 to July 31, 2015, increases the total budget to $9,045,385 and amends the program description to include new activities to be implemented during the extension period.

According to the agreement, NCBA CLUSA will “utilize the youth network and Government of Kenya systems to the greatest extent possible for monitoring, evaluation and implementation while maintaining minimal staff and operational costs,” and demonstrate that all activities funded are “youth-owned, youth-led and youth-managed.”

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  THUMB 01 F2F spotlight: Meet our September 2014 volunteers!

September is another busy month for NCBA CLUSA’s Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) programs in El Salvador and Senegal. Here are our volunteers:

Valerie Jarvis is a mother of ten and a woman of many talents. She is skilled in animal husbandry, livestock nutrition, cheese-making and business development. Valerie started a business on her family’s farm in 1996 that now produces more than 12,000 pounds of cheese per year and sells more than 70 goats per year. She also has her private pilot’s license.

Jarvis left for Senegal* on September 6 and will work in the Western African country through September 22, teaching cheese-making techniques to women from the Fanaye Association for Integrated Development (FAID). This trip will be a reunion for Jarvis, as she worked with these women last year during her first F2F assignment. 

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  THUMB 01 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge sweeps co-op nation

Representing the interests of more than 900 electric cooperatives across the U.S., the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association provides retail electric service to more than 42 million consumers in 47 states. ECT Staff Writer Michael W. Kahn wrote this story highlighting an outpouring of support for ALS victims by co-op leaders: 

Along with rock stars, sports heroes and a former president, electric cooperative leaders and staffers across the nation are joining in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The challenge benefits the ALS Foundation, which is fighting what's commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease. 

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  THUMB 01 Fairtrade products witness a 15% growth in the market

The 2014 annual report from Fairtrade International, a non-profit association that sets fair trade standards and helps producers gain and maintain fair trade certification, shows that fairtrade sales are growing steadily worldwide. Anca Voinea unpacks the report in this story for Co-operative News

Fairtrade sales have increased by 15 percent around the world, with many of the products sold coming from producer cooperatives. In its annual report, Fairtrade International revealed that consumer sales of Fairtrade certified products hit $7.12 billion last year. 

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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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