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The International Summit of Cooperatives Announces Speakers


With the United Nations declaring 2014 the International Year of Family Farming, the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives will bring together experts, researchers, and decision makers from the cooperative world and civil society to discuss how cooperative enterprises help ensure global food security. The 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives will be held in Quebec City, Canada, from October 6 to October 9.

Feeding 9 billion people by 2050
A round table dedicated to the challenge of “Feeding 9 billion people by 2050: Idealism vs. Realism” will bring together a number of internationally renowned speakers to highlight the alternatives proposed by cooperative enterprises for reducing food insecurity, decreasing speculation, and supporting the food supply over the long term.

NCBA CLUSA’s own Amy Coughenour Betancourt, Chief Operating Officer for International Development will be enriching the debate discussion along with a host of other leading figures in the international cooperative community.

View the full program on the theme of food security click here.

Cooperatives are key actors in food security, with almost 40 per cent of cooperatives worldwide working in the agricultural or agri-food industry and more than 50 per cent of the planet’s inhabitants depending on cooperatives for their livelihood.

The research presented at the 2014 summit will address pressing food security issues, including boosting productivity, strengthening competitive advantages, securing the supply chain, and reducing speculation.

About the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives
Decision makers and influencers from the international cooperative and mutual community will gather in Quebec City, Canada, from October 6 to 9 for the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives. The Summit’s bold, ambitious themes will garner the attention and interest of cooperatives from around the globe as well as world leaders and politicians.

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