Agriculture / Forestry https://www.ica.coop/en/taxonomy/term/29 en Dame Pauline Green's Speech to The General Assembly of the United Nations https://www.ica.coop/en/media/library/dame-pauline-greens-speech-general-assembly-united-nations <span>Dame Pauline Green&#039;s Speech to The General Assembly of the United Nations</span> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span>Mon, 23/01/2012 - 16:55</span> <div class="field__row"> <h3 class="field field--name-field-publication-headline-date field--type-datetime field--label-above field__label">Headline Date:</h3> <div class="field__value"><time datetime="2011-10-31T12:00:00Z">Mon, 31/10/2011 - 12:00</time> </div> </div> <div class="field__row"> <h3 class="field field--name-field-publication-source field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field__label">Source:</h3> <div> <div class="field__value"><a href="/en/resource-source/ica-resource" hreflang="en">ICA Resource</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="files field__row"> <div class="field__label">Downloads</div> <div> <div class="field__value"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://www.ica.coop/sites/default/files/publication-files/pauline-green-ga-speech-31-10-11-3-17405044.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=87825" target="_blank">pauline-green-ga-speech-31-10-11-3-17405044.pdf</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field__row"> <h3 class="field field--name-field-publication-sector field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field__label">Sector:</h3> <div> <div class="field__value"><a href="/en/taxonomy/term/29" hreflang="en">Agriculture / Forestry</a></div> <div class="field__value"><a href="/en/sectors/banking-credit-unions" hreflang="en">Banking / Credit Unions</a></div> <div class="field__value"><a href="/en/sectors/consumer-retail" hreflang="en">Consumer / Retail</a></div> <div class="field__value"><a href="/en/sectors/fisheries" hreflang="en">Fisheries</a></div> <div class="field__value"><a href="/en/sectors/health" hreflang="en">Health</a></div> <div class="field__value"><a href="/en/sectors/housing" hreflang="en">Housing</a></div> <div class="field__value"><a href="/en/sectors/insurance" hreflang="en">Insurance</a></div> <div class="field__value"><a href="/en/sectors/social" hreflang="en">Social</a></div> <div class="field__value"><a href="/en/sectors/tourism" hreflang="en">Tourism</a></div> <div class="field__value"><a href="/en/sectors/utilities" hreflang="en">Utilities</a></div> <div class="field__value"><a href="/en/sectors/workers-industrial" hreflang="en">Workers / Industrial</a></div> <div class="field__value"><a href="/en/sectors/others" hreflang="en">Others</a></div> </div> </div> <h3 class="field__label">Tags:</h3> <ul class="tags--list"> <li> <span class="tag--item tag--item_gray tag--item_big"> <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/2134" hreflang="en">United Nations</a> </span> </li> </ul> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 15:55:56 +0000 Anonymous 2487 at https://www.ica.coop National Federation of Rural Co-operatives (Induk KUD) https://www.ica.coop/en/media/news/national-federation-rural-co-operatives-induk-kud <span>National Federation of Rural Co-operatives (Induk KUD)</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-headline-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2011-12-08T12:00:00Z">Thu, 08/12/2011 - 12:00</time> </div> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span>Thu, 08/12/2011 - 12:56</span> <!-- body --> <p>Induk KUD from Indonesia became an Associate Member of the ICA on 26 October 2011.</p><p>Induk KUD was founded on 12 November 1979 and serves as the national federation of rural co-operatives in Indonesia.</p><p>Induk KUD's mission is to help the co-operative movement expand joint business relationships, ensure creation and implementation of a business climate that supports co-operative survival and development, education and training, develop co-operative business, and improve the welfare of its members and as a result the community.</p><p>The apex organisation has a savings and loan business unit for members of staff, their members (direct and indirect), and potential members. They also procure and distribute goods such as raw materials and production facilities to increase production for members and staff. The body assists in helping members market and open up markets in domestic and foreign countries in the various sectors that their members are in – agriculture, fisheries, livestock, plantation, mining, forest and crafts.</p><p>Induk KuD currently has members in 27 provinces and have three overseas representative offices.&nbsp; In 2010 they represented 30 member societies with 9,437 co-operative members representing 13.4 individual members. They had 45 employees, 9 of which were women.</p><p>For more information on Induk KUD see&nbsp;<a href="http://www.induk-kud.com/" style="color: blue; text-decoration: underline; ">www.induk-kud.com</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <!--/ body --> Thu, 08 Dec 2011 11:56:19 +0000 Anonymous 2014 at https://www.ica.coop ICA General Assembly https://www.ica.coop/en/events/ica-general-assembly <span>ICA General Assembly</span> <div class="field field--name-field-event-fullimage field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/default_images/ICA_Signature_Parachute.jpg" width="2650" height="2051" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span>Wed, 09/11/2011 - 16:25</span> <!-- body --> <p>&nbsp;</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <center> <h3>General Programme Summary</h3> </center> <p><br /> The theme of the conference is the “International Year of Co-operatives 2012: Co-operative Enterprises Build a Better World”.<br /> <br /> Monday 14 November will begin a series of statutory meetings held by various ICA bodies and will carry over until Tuesday afternoon.<br /> <br /> The conference will begin Wednesday afternoon with a series of workshops followed by the Opening Ceremony, Welcome Reception and a show. The Closing Plenary will take place on Friday just before lunch. The closing Gala Dinner and Dance will take place on Friday evening.<br /> <br /> During the conference, a number of key topics will be discussed, including:<br /> <br /> ● Celebrating the ICA launch of the International Year of Co-operatives<br /> ● Raising the public awareness of co-operatives<br /> ● Communicating co-operative values in branding and marketing.<br /> ● Marketing your co-operative on the web and in social media.<br /> ● Getting the attention of the media and telling your story.<br /> ● Co-operative legislation in developing contries<br /> ● The Global 300.<br /> ● A series of workshops and educational sessions covering the theme of the conference from different perspectives which will be hosted by various ICA sectoral organisations and thematic committees.<br /> ● And other exciting topics</p> <p><br /> Friday afternoon, the ICA General Assembly will convene to conduct the statutory business of the ICA including:<br /> <br /> ● elections of global Board members to fill any vacancies<br /> ● approval of amended statutes for a number of ICA regions<br /> ● amendments to the ICA Statutes and Bye-Laws<br /> ● approval of a number of resolutions</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><a href="/sites/default/files/brochure_Cancun2012.pdf">Please download our Information brochure</a></p> <!--/ body --> <div class="field field--name-field-event-logo field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/event-logos/icacancun-666750329.gif" width="300" height="286" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-event-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__row"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/en/event-type/conference-or-summit" hreflang="en">Conference or Summit</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/en/event-type/exhibition-or-trade-fair" hreflang="en">Exhibition or Trade Fair</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-event-theme field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__row"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/en/event-theme/ica-event" hreflang="en">ICA event</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-event-audience field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__row"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/en/taxonomy/term/25" hreflang="en">International</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-event-website field--type-link field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="http://www.ica.coop">http://www.ica.coop</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-event-email field--type-email field--label-hidden field__item">Kelly@ica.coop</div> <div class="field field--name-field-event-address field--type-address field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="address" translate="no"> International Co-operative Alliance <br> Moon Palace Hotel &amp; Spa <br> Carr Cancun-Chetumal km 340 <br> 77508 <br> Mexico </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-event-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__row"> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2011-11-14T12:00:00Z">Monday 14 November 2011</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-event-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__row"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/en/regions/international" hreflang="en">International</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-event-sector field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__row"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/en/taxonomy/term/29" hreflang="en">Agriculture / Forestry</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/en/sectors/banking-credit-unions" hreflang="en">Banking / Credit Unions</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/en/sectors/consumer-retail" hreflang="en">Consumer / Retail</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/en/sectors/fisheries" hreflang="en">Fisheries</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/en/sectors/health" hreflang="en">Health</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/en/sectors/housing" hreflang="en">Housing</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/en/sectors/insurance" hreflang="en">Insurance</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/en/sectors/social" hreflang="en">Social</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/en/sectors/tourism" hreflang="en">Tourism</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/en/sectors/utilities" hreflang="en">Utilities</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/en/sectors/workers-industrial" hreflang="en">Workers / Industrial</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-event-contact field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Nicola Kelly</div> Wed, 09 Nov 2011 15:25:27 +0000 Anonymous 1632 at https://www.ica.coop Alliance presents at UN Expert Group Meeting on co-operatives https://www.ica.coop/en/media/news/alliance-presents-expert-group-meeting-co-operatives <span>Alliance presents at UN Expert Group Meeting on co-operatives</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-headline-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2016-12-08T12:00:00Z">Thu, 08/12/2016 - 12:00</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/en/users/media-team" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Media team</span></span> <span>Tue, 21/02/2017 - 22:56</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-fullimage field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/full_image/public/news-item-fullimage/sifa-at-un-desa-meeting-902821192.jpg?itok=8Jd9uuIA" width="590" height="443" alt="Sifa at UN DESA Meeting" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <!-- body --> <p>On 16-17 November, the Alliance participated as an expert speaker in a meeting organised by the Division for Social Policy and Development of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (<a href="https://www.un.org/development/desa">DESA</a>) to exchange ideas on how co-operatives can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.</p> <p>Experts from the co-operative movement, the UN, and academia each presented papers in support of the meeting’s theme: “Ensuring that no one is left behind: The co-operative sector as a partner in the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.</p> <p>Topics covered included the actual and potential economic, social, and environmental contributions of co-operatives to the SDGs; the strengths of co-operatives as partners; the resources of co-operatives to implement the SDGs; and the challenges for co-operatives.</p> <p>The Alliance was represented by Chiyoge B. Sifa, Regional Director for Africa, who discussed how co-operatives empower women and families, and Fran McCrae, who presented the institutional resources of co-operatives at the global level.</p> <p>The meeting’s conclusions and recommendations will be synthesised into a report for use by the UN and co-operative stakeholders.</p> <p>To see the agenda, concept note, and presentations, please visit&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13.008px; line-height: 1.538em;"><a href="https://www.un.org/development/desa/cooperatives/what-we-do/meetings-and-workshops/egm-coops-2030agenda.html">https://www.un.org/development/desa/cooperatives/what-we-do/meetings-and-workshops/egm-coops-2030agenda.html</a>.</span></p> <!--/ body --> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:56:11 +0000 Media team 13648 at https://www.ica.coop COP22: Co-operatives play a role in the Adaptation of African Agriculture https://www.ica.coop/en/media/news/cop22-co-operatives-play-role-adaptation-african-agriculture <span>COP22: Co-operatives play a role in the Adaptation of African Agriculture</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-headline-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2016-12-08T12:00:00Z">Thu, 08/12/2016 - 12:00</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/en/users/media-team" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Media team</span></span> <span>Tue, 21/02/2017 - 22:46</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-fullimage field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/full_image/public/news-item-fullimage/cop22cover-fb-621134907.png?itok=ghM59Dps" width="590" height="218" alt="COP22 cover" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <!-- body --> <p>Agriculture was a key theme at the COP22 conference in Marrakech, for which the Alliance was awarded accreditation as an NGO observer organisation.</p> <p>More than 2,000 delegates attended the conference over the two weeks. <a href="http://ica.staging.adagiocreate.com/en/media/news/co-ops-at-cop22-notes-from-marrakech">The Alliance was represented</a> by Dr Chiyoge Sifa, regional director of the Alliance Africa office, and Fran McCree, policy and communications officer.</p> <p>Over the week, Alliance delegates attended not only the official negotiations, but also side events of relevance to co-operatives. These side events covered topics such as rural electrification, increasing the resilience of those most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, and the path to staying below a 1.5° temperature change.</p> <p>The Alliance also participated in the meetings of the Business and Industry NGO constituency and the Women and Gender constituency to learn how like-minded NGOs were interpreting the negotiations.</p> <p>COP22 provided the Alliance with an important opportunity to focus on co-operative engagement in the implementation of the Paris Agreement and to network with policymakers and other social enterprises.</p> <p>Following the conference, Dr Sifa <a href="http://www.rfi.fr/emission/20161126-le-triple-adaptation-agriculture-africaine-cop22">was interviewed by Radio France International</a>, a French public radio service. She talked about the Initiative for the Adaptation of African Agriculture, known as the Tripple A.</p> <p>Launched at the COP22 conference, the initiative aims to reduce the vulnerability of Africa and its agriculture to climate change. Dr Sifa explained how producers had to adapt to a volatile environment and this required finance and time. “All activities contribute in a way or another to emissions, agriculture is no exception. We can have a more responsible agriculture, focused on improving soil management and agricultural water control,” she said, adding that using biologic fertilisers instead of chemical ones could also help.</p> <p>“The Triple A initiative aims to address the vulnerability of Africa and its agriculture to climate change. The triple A reminds us of the great historic priorities of co-ops as well, particularly sustainability, which means food security and making sure Africa can continue to feed itself and put monitoring before financial results,” added Dr Sifa.</p> <!--/ body --> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:46:32 +0000 Media team 13646 at https://www.ica.coop Romanian government will work with priests to convince farmers to form co-operatives https://www.ica.coop/en/media/news/romanian-government-will-work-priests-convince-farmers-form-co-operatives <span>Romanian government will work with priests to convince farmers to form co-operatives</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-headline-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2016-08-25T12:00:00Z">Thu, 25/08/2016 - 12:00</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/en/users/anca-voinea" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anca Voinea</span></span> <span>Thu, 25/08/2016 - 13:09</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-fullimage field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/full_image/public/news-item-fullimage/catedrala-iasi-2063975236.jpg?itok=Qy0LP1gx" width="600" height="450" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <!-- body --> <p>The government of Romania will be entering a partnership with the Orthodox Church to promote co-operatives and farmer associations in rural areas. The measure is designed to boost people’s confidence in the co-operative model in agriculture.</p><p>Farmers associate co-operatives with forced collectivisation, which ended after 1989. As a result, they are reluctant to explore the co-operative model in agriculture. Only 1% of Romanian farmers are members of co-operatives.</p><p><span style="font-size: 13.008px; line-height: 1.538em;">The Ministry of agriculture and the Romanian Orthodox Church will be signing a collaboration agreement. The five year project will receive €2.2m financing from the government, which will be spent on promotional material and TV campaigns to promote agricultural co-operatives.</span></p><p>Around 80% of people living in rural areas say they “highly trust” the church. The government is looking to build on that trust by asking priests to explain to farmers what are the main benefits of working together in associations or co-operatives. They aim to increase the percentage of farmers involved in co-operatives to 3% by the end of this year and 20% by 2020.</p><p>Current prime minister, Dacian Ciolos is a former EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development. While in Brussels, he expressed support for producer organisations as a means to stabilise the market.&nbsp;</p> <!--/ body --> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:09:40 +0000 Anca Voinea 13539 at https://www.ica.coop European agricultural co-ops warn about imminent crisis https://www.ica.coop/en/media/news/european-agricultural-co-ops-warn-about-imminent-crisis <span>European agricultural co-ops warn about imminent crisis</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-headline-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2016-06-01T12:00:00Z">Wed, 01/06/2016 - 12:00</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/en/users/anca-voinea" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anca Voinea</span></span> <span>Wed, 01/06/2016 - 10:36</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-fullimage field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/full_image/public/news-item-fullimage/cows-as-web-600x399-172592634.jpg?itok=in1GonbH" width="600" height="399" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <!-- body --> <p>Agricultural co-operatives and farming organisations from across Europe are worried about the state of the agricultural sector, which, they believe, is in a critical state. Copa-Cogeca, a body that represents European farmers and agri-co-operatives, is urging the EU Commission to step up efforts to re-open the Russian market to EU agricultural exports.</p><p>Speaking after a meeting with the Dutch Presidency, Copa vice-president Henri Brichard said: “Pork prices are less than they were 11 years ago and milk prices over 40% below last years’ levels. This is unacceptable. A priority for the EU must be to re-open this market. Member states also need to ensure that aid from the package agreed last September is paid out as little has reached farmers until now. Some farmers have also still not received the full amount of direct payments under the Common Agricultural Policy and have to fill the next form for 2016.”</p><p>In a separate statement, Cogeca president Thomas Magnusson said that the European Investment Bank needed to start delivering to develop the right financial instruments to help farmers invest in their businesses and improve competitiveness. “Agri-co-operatives can help farmers get a better price for their produce and can assist them on new innovative techniques but they need the support to ensure this. Immediate solutions from the EU must be found to tackle this unprecedented crisis, which has been hitting farmers and agri-co-operatives for years. They are vital not only to solve hunger and malnutrition but also to maintain attractive rural areas and biodiversity,” he said.</p><p><a href="http://www.copa-cogeca.be/Menu.aspx">http://www.copa-cogeca.be/Menu.aspx</a></p> <!--/ body --> Wed, 01 Jun 2016 08:36:26 +0000 Anca Voinea 13182 at https://www.ica.coop Fonterra reports profit in spite of tough dairy market conditions https://www.ica.coop/en/media/news/fonterra-reports-profit-spite-tough-dairy-market-conditions <span>Fonterra reports profit in spite of tough dairy market conditions</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-headline-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2016-04-29T12:00:00Z">Fri, 29/04/2016 - 12:00</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/en/users/anca-voinea" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anca Voinea</span></span> <span>Fri, 29/04/2016 - 10:12</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-fullimage field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/full_image/public/news-item-fullimage/fonterra-for-web-600x333-2126466945.jpg?itok=a_OGQMba" width="600" height="333" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <!-- body --> <p>Leading dairy co-operative <a href="http://www2.fonterra.com/">Fonterra</a> has increased profit in 2016 in spite of a challenging year marked by low milk prices. The co-op’s half year results for the current financial year show a profit before interest and tax of AUD $665m, an increase of 77% from the same period last year and a net profit after tax of AUD $409m, up 123%.</p><p>Due to low milk prices Fonterra has placed a stronger emphasis on dairy products. It has increased sales of its New Zealand ingredients businesses and within the Asia and greater China consumers. The positive results will enable the co-op to pay higher dividends to its farmers.</p><p>Fonterra’s chair, John Wilson, explained: “The low prices have placed a great deal of pressure on incomes, farm budgets, and our farming families. Our priority is to generate more value out of every drop of our farmers’ milk by focusing on the areas within our control.&nbsp;We aim to efficiently convert as much milk as possible into the highest-returning products.”</p> <!--/ body --> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:12:19 +0000 Anca Voinea 13020 at https://www.ica.coop Italian co-operatives collaborate to extend market reach https://www.ica.coop/en/media/news/italian-co-operatives-collaborate-extend-market-reach <span>Italian co-operatives collaborate to extend market reach</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-headline-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2016-02-25T12:00:00Z">Thu, 25/02/2016 - 12:00</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/en/users/anca-voinea" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anca Voinea</span></span> <span>Thu, 25/02/2016 - 09:48</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-fullimage field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/full_image/public/news-item-fullimage/bio-maran-farmers-1041171273.jpg?itok=zuAd3b-Z" width="600" height="450" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <!-- body --> <p>Two Italian agricultural co-operatives are working together to reach new markets. Apofruit Italia and Bio Meran have formed a partnership that will enable them to sell organic apples in the Middle East, Southern Mediterranean, Asia and Latin America.</p><p>“Each of our organisations will retain its own characteristics in terms of territory and production,” said Ilenio Bastoni, Apofruit’s general director. “Bio Meran will simply become part of a producer organisation that is already active in many markets, while Apofruit will enjoy all of the advantages derived from the acquisition’s high level of professionalism in the biodynamic sector.”</p><p>While Apofruit has a 50 years’ history, Bio Meran was set up in 2013 by a group of 15 farmers in South Tyrol all involved in biodynamic farming. Apofruit includes 4,000 member growers, 10 processing plants and six facilities for production, collection and storage.</p><p>Bio Meran director Franzeline Dietmar, added: “Entering into this partnership will open new markets for our apples, particularly overseas”. The co-op had annual sales of €5m last year, and sells its apples in other European markets, such as Scandinavia and Spain.</p> <!--/ body --> Thu, 25 Feb 2016 08:48:44 +0000 Anca Voinea 12651 at https://www.ica.coop News from sectors: Agriculture https://www.ica.coop/en/media/news/news-sectors-agriculture <span>News from sectors: Agriculture</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-headline-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2016-01-29T12:00:00Z">Fri, 29/01/2016 - 12:00</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/en/users/anca-voinea" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anca Voinea</span></span> <span>Fri, 29/01/2016 - 10:56</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-fullimage field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/full_image/public/news-item-fullimage/pulses-1291836111.jpg?itok=AiCRNjmY" width="800" height="600" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <!-- body --> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-0f673337-8cce-cee8-e57c-4ba98df7c0be">The International Co-operative Agricultural Organization (</span><a href="http://icao.coop/">ICAO</a>) is excited to report that 2015 was one of our most successful years to date. This success has given our members the momentum they need to launch into 2016 with full force, and we have great hope for what the year may have in store.</p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-0f673337-8cce-cee8-e57c-4ba98df7c0be">2015 was all about climate change and preparing for the </span><a href="http://www.cop21paris.org">UN COP21 conference</a> during which the international future of climate change policy was determined. While climate change is a problem that affects all sectoral organisations, the agricultural sector is particularly burdened with challenges such as food security and climate smart farming. Therefore, 2016 will present the opportunity to implement real programmes and changes to build a climate smart future.</p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-0f673337-8cce-cee8-e57c-4ba98df7c0be">Among these opportunities is that of the Food and Agriculture Organization </span><a href="http://www.fao.org/pulses-2016/en">International Year of Pulses</a>. ICAO and its member co-operatives plan to promote the growing of pulses, which will factor importantly in the future of farming. Pulses are a great source of protein and are easily cultivated, even in an urban environment. For these reasons, the growing of pulses could help reduce meat consumption, which would have a profound impact on the environment. Therefore, ICAO plans to promote the growing of pulses heavily throughout 2016.</p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-0f673337-8cce-cee8-e57c-4ba98df7c0be">Regionally, ICAO members have been busy building their own initiatives to support the agricultural co-operative movement. In Africa, Kenya and Uganda co-operatives have recently published a new book detailing technologies to enhance the coffee, banana, and sorghum value chains. In the Americas, Canada prepares to host the International Summit of Cooperatives at the end of 2016, and ICAO seeks to expand its membership in Central and South America. In Asia, agricultural co-operatives continue to increase in number. The co-operative model presents an attractive alternative to capitalist models, particularly in developing Asian countries and in countries adversely affected by climate change and unpredictable weather patterns. In Europe, the agricultural co-operative model is re-emerging as an important means of fighting inequality in a changing economic environment.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-0f673337-8cce-cee8-e57c-4ba98df7c0be">This New Year is the perfect opportunity for ICAO to step forward as an influential sector with the power to positively improve the environment and farming practices around the world. We invite participation from all regions and all sectors as we work together to build a better future in the spirit of co-operation.</span></p> <!--/ body --> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 09:56:48 +0000 Anca Voinea 12527 at https://www.ica.coop