Courtesy from Department of Agriculture website:
Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol and the Cooperative Development Authority, on January 11, 12017, sign a Memorandum of Understanding which seeks to empower the Philippine rural sector.
The Department of Agriculture and the Cooperatives Development Authority (CDA) signed on January 11, 2017 an agreement promoting the cooperative movement among farmers and fisherfolk in a bid to enhance administration efforts to empower the farm sector to produce and supply sufficient and affordable food for Filipinos.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said creating more cooperatives among farmers and fisherfolk would boost cooperation to improve farm productivity and marketing of agricultural products.
“In view of our vision, there is a need for coordination between the DA and the CDA for the development and organization of cooperatives,” the DA Secretary said after he and CDA chairman Orlando Ravanera signed the document.
Pinol noted that the national government’s cooperatives development program started under the DA because of that principle.
There are 20,000 micro-cooperatives across the country, most of them formed by farmers and fisher folk.
Piñol further said he envisions the establishment of a national federation of farmers and fisherfolk’s cooperatives that will enable the country’s 14 million farmers to have a say in the direction of Philippine agriculture and government farm policies.
Under the main provisions of the agreement, the DA and the CDA will cooperate in identifying and consolidating cooperatives formed by farmers, fisherfolk and rural women.
They will also identify and implement capacity-building and training activities for cooperatives members nationwide to improve their capability to plan, manage, organize and implement their business.
The DA will provide training programs through the Agriculture Training Institute (ATI) to help promote the capabilities of cooperatives and farmers’ organizations, tough organizations and farm families.
The Philippines though One Resource Lab Software Technologies won 3rd Place in the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) Challenge. The case study entitled: AGRI Commodity Bulletin was submitted by Al-Van Basco and Carlo Cachola and won 3rd Place in Track A: Policy Solution. The brief description of the study - Developing SMS tool to enable access to market information for farmers whilst supporting government to improve access to open data.
One Resource Lab, the first Philippine country member to GODAN will be attending the 2016 GODAN Summit on September 14-15, 2016 in New York.
Find below the video link for the challenge winners:
Meet the finalists of the GODAN Open Data Challenge!
For more information, please visit summit.godan.info
Courtesy from ICA website:
250 Million people worldwide earn their living as members or employees of a
Presented for the first time at the International Summit of Cooperatives on 7 October, with the presence of ILO Deputy Director General Sandra Polaski, and available now in an electronic version, the study “Cooperatives and Employment: a global report” carried out by CICOPA, the International organization of industrial and service cooperatives, discusses the significance of cooperative employment in the global landscape, both quantitatively and qualitatively. By piecing up together incomplete statistics, CICOPA has been able to find out that cooperative employment directly concerns 250 million people in the world, without mentioning indirect and induced employment. In the G20, cooperative employment makes up almost 12 % of the total employed population.
Courtesy from Joven "Jovy" J. Jader, Senior Partner at Prosults Consulting LLP
[First Published in BusinessWorld - August 9, 2016]
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