In the light of World Food Day, the Dunsany Group has issued a declaration highlighting the positive impact of co-ops have on rural development and their key role in feeding a growing population.
The declaration aims to provide an incentive for a decade of co-operative growth in rural communities and feeds into the ICA’s Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade, which is being discussed at the General Assembly at Co-operatives United in Manchester on October 31.
The Dunsany Declaration, a framework for the development of rural co-operatives internationally, was developed by a range of range of participants from individual co-operatives, United Nations agencies, international co-operative agencies, national co-operative support organisations and co-operative sector representatives, who together formed the ‘Dunsany Group’.
The Dunsany Group refers to the following people who attended the World of Rural Co-operation Roundtable Event and signed the Dunsany Declaration in their personal capacity. The group comprised of the following:
Peter Couchman, Plunkett Foundation
Pauline Green, International Co-operative Alliance
David Button, Co-operatives UK
Eve Crowley, Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations
Fayyad Fayyad, Olive Oil Co-operative Union, Palestine
Michael Ward, Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC
James Graham, Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society
Colette Lebel, La Co-op fédérée, Quebec
Martin Lowery, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, USA
David Cameron, Community Land Scotland
Seamus O’Donohue, Irish Co-operative Organisation Society
Simel Esim, International Labour Office
James J Kennelly, Skidmore College, USA
Hans van Es, Dutch Produce Association / COGECA
Ms. Min Su Kim, NACF/ ICAO
Mike Perry, Plunkett Foundation
Harriet English, Plunkett Foundation
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Pictured – Dame Pauline Green, ICA President, signing the Dunsany Declaration