Canada Funds CO-OP Sector Iniatiative
The Canadian government has announced funding of $968,000 to support the growth
and development of agricultural co-operatives. The project, initiated by the
Canadian cooperative federations CCA and CCC, will begin this April. It will
look at developing supports and tools to ensure the success of agriculture co-ops.
Three priority areas will be:
This project builds on the results of an 18-month CCA/CCC research and consultation
process to help shape the future for co-operatives in Canada's new agriculture
economy. Key findings that emerged :
- Developing tools to assist co-operatives in growing their equity and
identifying solutions to the capitalisation challenge faced by co-ops.
- Developing governance and leadership materials and seminars for directors
and managers that will focus on business strategies that exploit the competitive
advantage of co-operation.
- Supporting the development of promotion, information,
and resources to increase awareness of the advantages and benefits of the
co-operative model among extension and agricultural professionals.
For more information, see the CCA web site www.coopcca.com , or contact Brenda
Heald, Canadian Co-operative Association Phone: 613-238-6711 x 211 Email: Brenda@coopcca.com
- Co-operatives are capable of thriving in
the new agriculture economy;
- Success lies in capturing the competitive advantage
- Co-operatives have particular significance in the 21st Century;
- The future calls for inter-cooperation and development support.
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