New IMPACT Conference Sessions Explore Intersection of Domestic, International Co-op Development


NCBA CLUSA will once again explore the intersection of domestic and international cooperative development at this year’s Co-op IMPACT Conference, highlighting lessons and insights from practitioners and partners and amplifying examples of cooperative organizations that work globally to impact the lives of tens of millions of producers, consumers and workers.

These new sessions speak to the core of the 2018 Co-op IMPACT Conference: how cooperatives—and individual cooperators—can provide opportunities for broader and more sustainable economic growth and participation.

Read about these panels below, and check out the rest of our IMPACT Track panels at our conference website, Register now to be part of these conversations!

Building a more inclusive economy, from the Midwest to West Africa
With USAID, Organic Valley, National Co+op Grocers and CUNA Mutual

What do an Organic Valley ruminant nutritionist, business development manager at National Co+op Grocers (NCG), and strategy manager at CUNA Mutual all have in common? In addition to being part of the U.S. cooperative movement based in the Midwest, they have all volunteered their time and talents with smallholder farmers in Senegal, West Africa, helping create a more inclusive economy that provides opportunities for people everywhere to improve their livelihoods. This session will expand participants’ understanding of how the cooperative sector can contribute to building an inclusive economy by highlighting the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program.

The F2F program sends American farmers and cooperative members, agribusiness professionals, university professors and cooperative development experts on two- to three-week agricultural development assignments, promoting sustainable economic growth and food security around the world. At a time when building an inclusive economy is more imperative than ever, the F2F program is a unique and inspiring example of how the cooperative sector can contribute in substantial ways to this vision globally.

This session will include perspectives from NCBA CLUSA members from the grocery, finance and livestock sectors who have volunteered with NCBA CLUSA’s F2F program in Senegal. Megan Wall, NCBA CLUSA’s Farmer-to-Farmer Director, will moderate this session.

Increasing economic participation and self-reliance through cooperatives in the U.S. and around the world
With NRECA, IFFCO, FEDECOCAGUA and HealthPartners

Cooperatives, through self-help, empowerment and by investing in their communities and the well-being of people worldwide, nurture a long-term vision for economic participation, sustainable growth, social development and environmental responsibility. In rural America and many countries around the world, cooperatives play a significant role in people’s access to markets as producers, consumers and workers. Cooperatives impact every sector: health, agriculture, food processing, commerce, finance, energy and insurance, enabling a coordinated multi-sector approach around shared values.

This panel includes representatives from four cooperative organizations whose businesses are impacting the lives of tens of millions of producers, consumers and workers across the U.S. and around the world: The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), representing America’s electric co-ops; the Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Limited (IFFCO), one of the world’s largest fertilizer and marketing co-ops; FEDECOCAGUA, the second largest coffee cooperative exporter in Guatemala; and HealthPartners, the largest consumer-governed nonprofit healthcare organization in the U.S.

Rebecca Savoie, director of Cooperative Development for NCBA CLUSA, will moderate this session.

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