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Monday, 05 November 2012

Cooperatives are crucial allies in the fight against hunger

One of the only chances small-scale food producers have to gain competitive access to local and global markets is by banding together in cooperatives, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told a meeting of the World Cooperatives Congress in Manchester on 31 October 2012.
"Cooperatives follow core values and principles that are critical to doing business in an equitable manner, that seeks to empower and benefits its members and the community it is inserted in," Graziano da Silva said in a keynote speech. "This is especially relevant in poor rural communities, where joining forces is central to promoting sustainable local development."
In the case of agriculture, the cooperative business model helps small- and medium-scale farmers, fishers and others to add value to their production and gain access to markets. Many food producers, through their cooperatives, are now even taking part in policy-making discussions that affect their lives.

Source: FAO