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Malt Barley Sales are Up and So is Farmer Income in Ethiopia

My many years of experience working in international development have taught me many things.  One of the most important is that cooperatives are an underused powerful engine for greater equity and greater prosperity.  It is a development approach that really works!  So when I learned that farmers in malt barley cooperatives in some parts of Read More

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Looking Back, Looking Forward: Compelling Results in Poland

Working in international development has always been fulfilling for me. However, only rarely have I been able to see what happened after the passage of time. So, I was really excited about the chance to return to Poland some 20 years after working there to look at the impacts “then and now” of cooperatives and how they Read More

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Globalisation is inevitable; inequality impacts are not!

Globalisation, like rock and roll (as they say), is ‘here to stay.’ Despite outcries against it (including through political expression) and the real damaging effects that it has had in some markets and economies, the power and potential of globalisation means that the clock will not be turned back. At least not entirely. However, while Read More

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Paper outlines effective ownership programs for smallholder farmers

Equal Exchange has released a new paper outlining how member-owned capital can provide an effective savings tool and financial safety net for smallholder farmers. The findings in “Not Too Poor to Invest: The Case for Smallholder Farmer Ownership Programs”grew from an Equal Exchange project to introduce member equity programs in smallholder farmer businesses in three countries: Read More

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Research Group adds RFP for Philippines

The Research Group (RG) of the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) announced a new request for proposals (RFP) for expansion into the Philippines of a multi-year, multi-country, cross-sector regional research study on the effects cooperatives have on the social and economic well-being of individuals and their broader effects on the communities where they are Read More

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Research Group announces RFP for Kenya

The Research Group (RG) of the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) announced a new request for proposals (RFP) for expansion into Kenya of a multi-year, multi-country, cross-sector regional research study on the effects cooperatives have on the social and economic well-being of individuals and their broader effects on the communities where they are located. Read More

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OCDC Research Group’s study reveals causes, fixes for Ethiopian malt-barley co-op side-selling

Approximately 4.5 million Ethiopian farmers – most in central Ethiopia – produce malt barley, an essential ingredient in beer. Although Ethiopia drinks much less beer than many other countries, it is the second largest producer in Africa, and 12 big brewers, such as Heineken and Diageo, have breweries there. Malt barley cultivation is growing at an Read More

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Hermanson presents on four OCDC research projects at ICA conference

In late June, Dr. Judith Hermanson, OCDC Research Group director, presented on four of OCDC’s ongoing research projects and chaired a workshop on agriculture and cooperatives at the International Co-operative Alliance Global Research Conference. The research projects she discussed were: Processes and Policies Conducive to Cooperative Development in Four Sub-Saharan African Countries. This collaborative research initiative Read More

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No one left behind: Stories of inclusion for International Day of Cooperatives

No one left behind: Stories of inclusion for International Day of Cooperatives Cooperatives embody the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. These values ensure that people from all walks of life have an opportunity to improve their lives by working together — that no one is left behind. According to the International Read More

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Hermanson addresses ag globalization, inequities

In a recent post on the SPORE blog, Judith Hermanson, director of OCDC’s Research Group, addressed the globalization of agriculture, but wrote that well-organized, member-controlled cooperatives provide an important mechanism by which smallholders can literally take matters into their own hands through collective action, providing members with leverage and helping to mitigate risk. Read the full post. SPORE is Read More

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