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  • U.S. cooperators support emerging vanilla co-ops in Madagascar

    Demonstrating their commitment to gender equity, half of the elected officials of Mirary Soa Cooperative are women. [photo: Pamela Karg]

    Demonstrating their commitment to gender equity, half of the elected officials of Mirary Soa Cooperative are women. [photo: Pamela Karg] Demonstrating their commitment to gender equity, half of the elected officials of Mirary Soa Cooperative are women. [photo: Pamela Karg]As part of NCBA CLUSA’s U.S. Agency for International Development-funded Farmer-to-Farmer Program, two U.S. cooperators recently supported the start-up of a new vanilla cooperative in Madagascar and trained 218 farmers on the cooperative business model.

    Pamela Karg, a member and past president of the Cooperative

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  • Cabot Creamery honors volunteers with sixth Cabot Community Celebrity Cruise

    Since it began in 2009, the Cabot Community Celebrities program has recognized more than 250 volunteers.

    Since it began in 2009, the Cabot Community Celebrities program has recognized more than 250 volunteers.Since it began in 2009, the Cabot Community Celebrities program has recognized more than 250 volunteers.As part of its efforts to redefine the notion of "celebrity" by celebrating individuals who volunteer their time and energy with no thought of personal recognition, Cabot Creamery Cooperative is honoring 60 volunteers with an Alaskan cruise this year. The 2017 Cabot Community Celebrity Cruise is just one of the ways Cabot's

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  • NCBA CLUSA’s EVP of Programs O’Brien to appear on Everything Co-op this week

    Doug O’Brien, left, at the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance’s 2017 Co-UP in April. On Thursday, he will represent NCBA CLUSA on Everything Co-op. [photo: PACA]

    Doug O’Brien, left, at the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance’s 2017 Co-UP in April. On Thursday, he will represent NCBA CLUSA on Everything Co-op. [photo: PACA]Doug O’Brien, left, at the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance’s 2017 Co-UP in April. On Thursday, he will represent NCBA CLUSA on Everything Co-op. [photo: PACA]NCBA CLUSA’s Executive Vice President of Programs Doug O’Brien will appear on Everything Co-op on Thursday, May 25, 2017. A weekly exploration of the power and potential of the cooperative business model, the show aims to generate interest in and support for the co-op

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  • Down but not out, #BuyTwitter initiative looks to the future

    #BuyTwitter organizers and supporters hope that the interest generated over the past several months continues to grow.

    #BuyTwitter organizers and supporters hope that the interest generated over the past several months continues to grow. #BuyTwitter organizers and supporters hope that the interest generated over the past several months continues to grow.On Monday, May 22, Twitter shareholders met to vote on a number of items, among them a proposal to explore the feasibility of the popular social platform converting to a democratic user-owned cooperative. While the proposal was voted down; it did garner enough votes to be resubmitted at next year’s annual general meeting of Twitter shareholders.

    NCBA CLUSA continues to support this initiative

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  • Smallholder farmers better positioned to influence quality, price and availability of seeds

    Amilcar Dalton, left, owns one of three seed stores in Mozambique’s Nampula province.

    Amilcar Dalton, left, owns one of three seed stores in Mozambique’s Nampula province. Amilcar Dalton, left, owns one of three seed stores in Mozambique’s Nampula province.Due to their small farm sizes, price sensitivity, and limited uptake of improved seeds and inputs, the smallholder farmer market segment in Mozambique has historically been ignored, with seed companies preferring to focus on the large stable NGO and government contracts who purchase seed for aid and development programs.

    In recent years, however, policy changes have meant that these NGO and government markets are drying up while donors like USAID have

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  • From photography to raising pigs, Ugandan youth make good on employment opportunities

    Youth With Vision Chair Gilbert Wacha checks in on one of the group's pigs.

    Youth With Vision Chair Gilbert Wacha checks in on one of the group's pigs.Youth With Vision Chair Gilbert Wacha checks in on one of the group's pigs.The Youth With Vision group in Uganda's Okwongodul-Dokolo district have moved to expand their group business beyond an initial incubation of two pigs, aiming to earn more than 50 million shillings (about $14,000) by the end of 2017.

    The group of 20 young men and 15 young women was formed in 2015 under NCBA CLUSA's Youth Empowerment Through Agriculture (YETA) program because of the need to collectively curb youth unemployment and poverty. Funded by the MasterCard

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  • Register now for "Prepare for IMPACT" Succession Planning Webinar Series, Part 2

    Our Prepare for IMPACT webinar, “Succession Planning, Part 2: Selling to Family & Selling to Members,” is scheduled for Thursday, June 1, 2017.

    Our Prepare for IMPACT webinar, “Succession Planning, Part 2: Selling to Family & Selling to Members,” is scheduled for Thursday, June 1, 2017. Our Prepare for IMPACT webinar, “Succession Planning, Part 2: Selling to Family & Selling to Members,” is scheduled for Thursday, June 1, 2017.NCBA CLUSA’s Prepare for IMPACT pre-conference webinars are designed to prepare attendees for discussions at NCBA CLUSA's 2017 Cooperative IMPACT Conference in October. Under the topic of "Member Engagement Strategies,” we'll explore three key areas: succession planning, recruitment & retention and training. Our presenters

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  • In El Salvador, healthy soils produce healthy crops, benefiting people and the environment

    Carlos Padilla leads a training session on organic fertilizers.

    Carlos Padilla leads a training session on organic fertilizers. Carlos Padilla leads a training session on organic fertilizers.Few could have predicted that the coffee rust plague would have ravaged El Salvador’s iconic coffee industry over the course of a few short years, putting thousands of rural families’ livelihoods at risk. In response to this national economic crisis, the USDA launched the El Salvador Coffee Rehabilitation and Agricultural Diversification Project in 2014. Managed by NCBA CLUSA, this

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  • Hotel and registration deadlines fast approaching for CCMA Conference!

    CCMA 2017 is inspired by Minnesota’s state motto, L’etoile du Nord, or "Star of the North."

    CCMA 2017 is inspired by Minnesota’s state motto, L’etoile du Nord, or "Star of the North."CCMA 2017 is inspired by Minnesota’s state motto, L’etoile du Nord, or "Star of the North."The 2017 Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) Conference is just a month away, and deadlines to make hotel reservations and register for the event are fast approaching. 

    The Crowne Plaza Minneapolis Northstar Downtown—a short two-block walk from the Radisson, where the conference will take place—is now available at the rate of $139 per night for a single or

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  • From unemployed to employing others, youth in Uganda are working together

    Herbert Kyamanywa (left) and an assistant plough a field in Kahara.

    Herbert Kyamanywa (left) and an assistant plough a field in Kahara.Herbert Kyamanywa (left) and an assistant plough a field in Kahara.When 24-year-old Herbert Kyamanywa was elected secretary of the Turuhamu Youth Association in Kahara Masindi, Uganda in December 2015, he treated it as a call to action.

    The elders of the village had branded youth in that village as unmotivated, superficial and destined for a life of poverty, so a group of them banded together to restore trust by forming the Turuhamu Youth Association, bringing young people together to achieve economic security. The group now has 21 youth working to support one

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  • National Cooperative Bank introduces free financial literacy education

    Take control of your financial future with NCB's free online education program!

    Take control of your financial future with NCB's free online education program!Take control of your financial future with NCB's free online education program!The National Cooperative Bank (NCB) is committed to helping its customers, co-op employees and co-op members pave a path toward a secure financial future. And that begins with a solid understanding of key financial concepts, such as savings, investing, mortgages, credit cards, credit scores, financing higher education and much more.

    All NCB customers, co-op employees and co-op members now have access to a free online financial education program

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  • Access to co-investment fund is providing the leg up coffee co-ops in El Salvador need

    A nursery at Los Pinos Cooperative, where a new co-investment fund will help build an organic production facility on site.

    A nursery at Los Pinos Cooperative, where a new co-investment fund will help build an organic production facility on site.A nursery at Los Pinos Cooperative, where a new co-investment fund will help build an organic production facility on site.Rebuilding El Salvador’s iconic coffee industry doesn’t come at a low cost. When coffee rust started distressing the crop in 2013—slashing production levels and wiping out entire farms’ worth of coffee plants—the industry was at a loss for cost-effective solutions to deal with the impending economic crisis. In the process of rebuilding a coffee farm, it can take anywhere from

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  • Register now for "Prepare for IMPACT" Business Intelligence Webinar Series, Part 1

    During this webinar, you’ll learn how good Business Intelligence implementation can make your co-op more efficient and competitive.

    During this webinar, you’ll learn how good Business Intelligence implementation can make your co-op more efficient and competitive. During this webinar, you’ll learn how good Business Intelligence implementation can make your co-op more efficient and competitive.NCBA CLUSA’s Prepare for IMPACT pre-conference webinars are designed to prepare attendees for discussions at NCBA CLUSA's 2017 Cooperative IMPACT Conference in October. This exclusive three-part series will examine Business Intelligence for cooperatives, using some examples from the purchasing co-op sector. ...

  • Cooperative Hall of Fame inductees reflect on career highlights and the co-op advantage

    2017 inductees to the Cooperative Hall of Fame inductees share wisdom and reflect on lessons learned during a panel last week.

    2017 inductees to the Cooperative Hall of Fame inductees share wisdom and reflect on lessons learned during a panel last week. 2017 inductees to the Cooperative Hall of Fame inductees share wisdom and reflect on lessons learned during a panel last week.Despite coming to the cooperative movement from different backgrounds and sectors, this year’s inductees to the Cooperative Hall of Fame each believe that co-ops have untapped power—power that could solve income inequality, amplify the benefits of ownership and, ultimately, build a better world.

    During last week’s Cooperative Hall of

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  • Be part of the biggest Fairtrade celebration in history!

    Use #fairtradechallenge to share your celebration!

    Use #fairtradechallenge to share your celebration!Use #fairtradechallenge to share your celebration!From May 12-14, join Fairtrade farmers, workers and supporters for the World Fairtrade Challenge. Treat your colleagues, friends or customers to Fairtrade products like bananas, coffee or chocolate, register your party here and contribute to the biggest Fairtrade celebration the world’s ever seen!

    Any Fairtrade product consumed between May 12 and 14 counts as a Fairtrade celebration. It could be at home with friends and family, at work with colleagues, in

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  • NCBA CLUSA announces results of 2017 Board of Directors election

    A big thank you to our members for participating in this year’s election!

    A big thank you to our members for participating in this year’s election!A big thank you to our members for participating in this year’s election!Michelle Schry, Chair of NCBA CLUSA’s Nominations Committee and Central U.S. Development Manager for National Co+op Grocers, announced the results of NCBA CLUSA’s 2017 Board of Directors at the Annual Membership Meeting & Virtual Town Hall Tuesday. 


    The following individuals were reelected to the board: Joseph Bergeron, President of the Association of Vermont Credit Unions; Cornelius Blanding, Executive Director of the

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  • NCBA CLUSA launches new forum for best-in-class cooperative economists

    Political economist and community economic development expert Jessica Gordon Nembhard (center) brings wide-ranging expertise to the Council of Cooperative Economists. [photo: PACA]

    Political economist and community economic development expert Jessica Gordon Nembhard (center) brings wide-ranging expertise to the Council of Cooperative Economists. [photo: PACA]Political economist and community economic development expert Jessica Gordon Nembhard (center) brings wide-ranging expertise to the Council of Cooperative Economists. [photo: PACA]The cooperative story is compelling, but it’s often difficult to tell due to scant data or lack of highly visible forums that feature the cooperative impact. These gaps in quantifying the cooperative advantage are what the newly launched ...

  • Co-ops “uniquely positioned” to address inclusive economy

    Nisha Patel, Executive Director of the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty, speaks at NCBA CLUSA’s Board of Directors Luncheon Wednesday.

    Nisha Patel, Executive Director of the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty, speaks at NCBA CLUSA’s Board of Directors Luncheon Wednesday.Nisha Patel, Executive Director of the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty, speaks at NCBA CLUSA’s Board of Directors Luncheon Wednesday.As part of Co-op Week—an annual series of networking and thought leadership events held during the first week of May—members of the NCBA CLUSA Board of Directors and distinguished guests on Wednesday heard from experts at the forefront of the inclusive economy movement and learned how co-ops can better address the nation’s most critical

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  • Federal Budget preserves funding for co-op development, but uncertainty remains on the horizon

    The Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) Program receives level funding of $26,550,000 in the Federal Omnibus budget passed today.

    The Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) Program receives level funding of $26,550,000 in the Federal Omnibus budget passed today.The Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) Program receives level funding of $26,550,000 in the Federal Omnibus budget passed today.Compromising across the aisle, the Senate passed the Federal Omnibus budget to extend federal funding on Thursday, securing funding for cooperative development programs domestically and internationally. The bill is on its way to be signed by President Trump.

    The Senate passed the $1 trillion omnibus spending bill that would keep the government

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  • Join the thousands screening “In the Spirit of Cooperation”—schedule your viewing today!

    It's not too late to host a screening of "In the Spirit of Cooperation" in your community!

    It's not too late to host a screening of "In the Spirit of Cooperation" in your community!It's not too late to host a screening of "In the Spirit of Cooperation" in your community!Currently broadcasting on public television across the U.S., the two episodes of Visionaries that make up “In the Spirit of Cooperation” have now been broadcast over 200 times, reaching more than 40 markets nationwide.

    If you missed the broadcast times in your area, you can still join the thousands of co-op supporters who have already screened the documentary in 11 countries around the world! Apply to ...

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