Associations and organisations of African farmers can be turned into modern and competitive enterprises that still preserve cooperative principles by applying six steps. This allows the development of autonomous, democratic and farmer-owned organisations that can also boost rural employment and agri-business in Africa as shown in a recent study.
About 100 members of agricultural cooperatives from 16 regions of Madagascar, in addition to 100 representatives of the government, the private sector and international NGOs, gathered at the Cooperative Leadership Forum in Antananarivo at the end of February 2017. The event was jointly organised by CTA and NCBA-CLUSA (National Cooperative Business Association, Cooperative League of the United States of America) and supported by the Ministry of Industry and Private Sector Development (MIDSP).
A new generation of cooperatives is possible in Madagascar. The Cooperative Leadership Forum, taking place on 13-17 February 2017 in Antananarivo, will discuss some of the keys to achieving this goal. The event is organised by CTA together with the National Cooperative Business Association and Cooperative League of the USA (NCBA/CLUSA) and its local partners, with support from the Ministry of Industry and Private Sector Development.
Grassroots by nature, agricultural cooperatives make up a complex landscape in Africa. As their roles develop along with African economies, there is a lot of room to learn: for the leaders of cooperatives to learn new management skills, and for the rest of the world to learn about the work they do. A recent Cooperative Leadership Event saw 120 cooperatives and farmer organisations take on both sides of this learning process in Malawi. As the second such event to take place, it was only the start of something bigger for a continent of cooperatives.