Co-op Weekly – What does a changing marketplace mean for cooperatives?


What does a changing marketplace mean for cooperatives?

In a changing economic landscape, how can cooperatives help create a more inclusive economy? Are cooperatives achieving their universal objective of enabling people to participate more fully in economic life and have greater control over their future as workers, consumers and business owners? And how can cooperatives contribute to our nation’s future economic growth and prosperity, not only in mainstream industries but for people on the margins?


Click through to read NCBA CLUSA Board Chair Andrew Jacob’s address at our Annual Meeting last month.

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4th Tap, a small worker-owned brewery in Austin, TX, is among an emerging crop of worker cooperatives thriving in a changing marketplace. [photo courtesy 4th Tap]Five more years of conservation farming will increase gains as second phase of Mozambique project begins

lowing the highly successful Promotion of Conservation Agriculture (PROMAC) project in Mozambique, NCBA CLUSA is continuing five more years of partnership, through 2022, with The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Maputo on a second round of conservation agriculture promotion, with the goal of doubling gains from the first phase.

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Members of the Nhemwerera Adult Literacy Center, mostly women farmers, learn conservation agriculture techniques as well as literacy and numeracy skills.New project in Mozambique to address critical need for local agribusiness staff training

The arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia coffee shop earlier this month underscores the deep current of inequality, bigotry and bias that still runs through too much of America.

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Demonstration farms, like this one in Chimoio, Mozambique, are part of hands-on, practical training for farmers.Know a promising co-op student, employee or board member? Send them to IMPACT 2018!

NCBA CLUSA’s Cooperative Leaders & Scholars Institute is your co-op’s chance to develop and engage employees, board members and post-secondary students—ages 18 to 35—with participation in a national cooperative conference and exposure to co-op economists and thought leaders.

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Last year’s Co-op IMPACT Conference was an ideal platform to engage a new generation of cooperative leaders and scholars.A big thank you to our latest group of 2018 Co-op Festival partners!

NCBA CLUSA is excited to announce and thank our latest group of partners who will exhibit at or support the 2018 Co-op Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on October 6 and 7: Blue Hawk Co-op, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, CoBank, the Northwest Cooperative Development Center and The Veterinary Co-op.

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Cabot Creamery is partnering with us again this year to host the Festival Passport. Kids and their families who fill their passport with co-op stamps earn the “Co-ops for Community” scout patch!