In 2015, I learned about volunteer opportunities available through the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) in Senegal, West Africa. Their Farmer-to-Farmer Program (F2F) sends American farmers and agribusiness professionals on 2-3 week assignments worldwide to promote sustainable economic growth and agricultural development.
The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed a bipartisan bill set to curb barriers facing America’s small businesses and increase access to financing for a new crop of employee-owned businesses and worker cooperatives.
On Tuesday, May 22, from 1-1:45 p.m., the Partnership for Advancing an Inclusive Rural Energy Economy will present a webinar on rural electric cooperatives that provide their members inclusive energy efficiency programs—saving them money while supporting local economic development.
The Cooperative Development Foundation received a $50,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation. The donation to CDF’s Cooperative Disaster Recovery Fund will be used to help cooperatives in Puerto Rico recover from damage caused last September by Hurricane Maria.
This article is an edited excerpt from Doug O’Brien’s president and CEO’s message at NCBA CLUSA’s 2018 Annual Meeting & Virtual Town Hall last week. Look for more reports on this annual meeting in the coming weeks.