The cooperative model was the focus of the 39th session of the United Nations Committee on Food Security the Food and Agricultural Organization, where it called on all member states, international organizations and other stakeholders to foster co-operatives and farmer organizations. The committee met in Rome, Italy on the October 16, with more than 1,000 delegates in attendance.
In a statement to the Committee on Food Security delegates, FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva emphasized that smallholder farmers are vital to providing needed food and “co-operatives are key” in achieving this goal.
“This statement is a clear validation that the cooperative model, championed and implemented by NCBA both domestically and internationally, is the most sustainable, scalable, and effective method in increasing access to food for the most vulnerable populations,” stated Amy Coughenour, Vice President for International Development at NCBA. “I commend this committee for recognizing the long-term success of the cooperative model and encouraging stakeholders to invest time and energy in supporting cooperative practices.”