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 2 years ago        

Philippines won 3rd Place in the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) Challenge

Tue Sep 5 2017
http://summit.godan.info

The Philippines though One Resource Lab Software Technologies won 3rd Place in the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) Challenge. The case study entitled: AGRI Commodity Bulletin was submitted by Al-Van Basco and Carlo Cachola and won 3rd Place in Track A: Policy Solution. The brief description of the study - Developing SMS tool to enable access to market information for farmers whilst supporting government to improve access to open data.



One Resource Lab, the first Philippine country member to GODAN will be attending the 2016 GODAN Summit on September 14-15, 2016 in New York.

Find below the video link for the challenge winners:

Meet the finalists of the GODAN Open Data Challenge!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyOtlcVROrU

For more information, please visit summit.godan.info



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 2 years ago        

Coop Alliance's Global Conference and General Assembly held in Kuala Lumpur from 14 - 17 Nov 2017

Sun Nov 12 2017
Courtesy from ICA Website
Conference details @:  http://malaysia2017.ica.coop/

Co-operatives are a growing and sustainable form of enterprise, a unique business model that puts people at the centre of development.



United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on the occasion of the 2016 International Day of Co-operatives, 2 July 2016, said: “I urge governments to create an enabling environment for co-operatives to thrive and grow. Let us harness the power of co-operatives to achieve the SDGs and create a world of dignity and opportunity for all."

Co-operatives allow members to have control over and localise their revenues, enjoy quality jobs, and meet their needs, all from a care-for-community perspective. Co-ops provide a platform for people to unite as businessmen and women. 

A co-op can provide to its members the basics to live and to conduct business: access to water, quality food, dependable energy, and empowering communications. Co-operatives are a sustainable way to create a world of dignity and opportunity. 

Co-operatives are unique in that they combine economic success with democratic governance and concern for community. This makes co-ops significant social and economic actors. Co-ops create over 250 million jobs. By actively engaging co-operatives around the world to make a specific measurable pledge toward the United Nations'' Sustainable Development Goals, the Alliance demonstrates that co-ops actually put their business where their values are - we walk the walk!

At an individual company level, co-operative employment reveals distinctive characteristics - a combination of economic rationale, a quest for efficiency, shared flexibility, a sense of participation, a family-type environment, pride and reputation, a strong sense of identity, and a focus on values. This mix of characteristics has been shown to be both a cause and a consequence of the economic sustainability of co-operatives. 

Co-­operatives as economic operators have been involved in global supply chains since their origins. The co-­operative business model itself was born as a way to shorten supply chains, eliminating intermediaries, either by aggregating producers (e.g. farmer-­owned agricultural co-­operatives) or consumers (e.g. consumer-­owned food retail co-­operatives). The major difference between co-­operatives and other business models in terms of supply chain intervention is that co-­operatives integrate their values and principles into those supply chains, and not just to reap the economic benefits.

Now that world leaders have adopted the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, it’s time for our movement to evaluate the ways we improve equality, end poverty, and care for the environment, while succeeding as businesses. 



 3 years ago        

Cooperatives: on Food Security

Tue Jun 13 2017
Courtesy from ICA Website: view/read the link
http://ica.coop/en/stronger-food-system

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), “food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food which meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.”



By 2050, the population of the Earth will reach 9 billion. In order to feed all people, agricultural production will have to increase by at least 60 per cent.

Agriculture co-operatives can be part of the solution. The agriculture sector is where the co-operative business model is most widely utilised. Co-operatives together account for an estimated 32 per cent of the global market share in this sector.

Co-operatives contribute to food security by helping small agricultural producers overcome their challenges, which can include remoteness, lack of information about market food prices, limited access to high-quality inputs, access to financial capital and lack of transport and other infrastructure.

Agricultural co-operatives help farmers solve these problems by offering their members a variety of services: group purchasing and marketing, knowledge and information, capacity building and training to innovate and adapt to changing markets. Importantly, co-operatives facilitate farmers’ participation in decision-making processes, provide a platform for small producers to voice their concerns and interests and increase their negotiating power to influence policy making processes.

The International Co-operative Alliance works in close partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in order to enhance the potential contribution of co-operatives towards achieving food security in a sustainable way.



COOPERATIVE PROFILES

 2 years ago        

Cooperatives and Employment, A Global Report

Thu Sep 21 2017
Courtesy from ICA website

250 Million people worldwide earn their living as members or employees of a co-operative. Presented for the first time at the International Summit of Cooperatives on 7 October, with the presence of ILO Deputy Director General Sandra Polaski, and available now in an electronic version, the study “Cooperatives and Employment: a global report” carried out by CICOPA, the International organization of industrial and service cooperatives, discusses the significance of cooperative employment in the global landscape, both quantitatively and qualitatively.



By piecing up together incomplete statistics, CICOPA has been able to find out that cooperative employment directly concerns 250 million people in the world, without mentioning indirect and induced employment. In the G20, cooperative employment makes up almost 12 % of the total employed population.



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