Located just off the southern shores of the Republic of Korea, Jeju Island is home to over 3,000 female divers, or Haenyeo, who dive 10 meters under the sea without any breathing equipment. Today, there are 3,613 Haenyeo, and they share their harvests equitably with each other. They are all members of fishing cooperatives on the island, represented by the National Federation of Fisheries Cooperatives, which has 154, 870 members nationwide.
On behalf of the International Cooperative Alliance, I would like to re-affirm my commitment that ICA will be hosting the 33rd World Cooperative Congress in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from December 1-3, 2021. My team is in the process of planning an exciting programme that will be held in person as well as online.
The Korean Federation of Community Credit Cooperatives (KFCCC) has helped transform the lives of many poor people living in rural Uganda. Thanks to the efforts of the KFCCC team, “Maul Guemgo” (MGs) or village bank, is now a household name among rural communities in the Mpigi District in Central Uganda.
Global sales of Fairtrade products in supermarkets have grown steadily during the pandemic but non-grocery sales have slumped, according to Michael Gidney, CEO of the Fairtrade Foundation. Before the pandemic, sales of Fairtrade products had increased to approximately US$9.8 bn in 2019 and, while last year’s figures are still being calculated, the Foundation believes overall sales will not be down as much as they feared.
When Covid-19 hit, Gulliver was hugely successful in managing health and safety in its communities – and showed how this success was tied to its cooperative identity by producing a social report centred on its cooperative values and principles. We talked to communications and marketing officer Alessia Bellino to learn more.
The global COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed all our lives, causing a healthcare, economic and social crisis which has plunged the world into the deepest recession since the Second World War. The pandemic has also accentuated many of the other great global challenges that we still face including climate change, inequality and poverty.
At the 2021 ICA World Cooperative Congress, delegates will examine what cooperative identity means in practice and how different organisations strengthen, commit to and live this identity.
In Maji, a rural town in Southwestern Ethiopia, an electric cooperative is being established to make electricity accessible to local communities.
This month we mark the beginning of our year-long journey to Seoul, Korea, for the 33rd World Cooperative Congress to take place 1-3 December 2021.
Former Chief Executive, Midcounties
International Cooperative Alliance Board Member
The Covid-19 pandemic has struck a world already in crisis: we face growing inequality, food insecurity, uncertainty over healthcare, the threat of climate change. More than ever we need a better way to do things.
What does cooperative identity mean to you? Could you capture this in a photo? If so, we invite you to enter our #CoopSnapshot photo competition!
What does cooperative identity mean and how is it relevant today? We talked to Martin Lowery, chair of the ICA Identity Committee to explore how embracing the cooperative identity and values can help to tackle some of today’s greatest issues.
The following examples show how cooperatives in these countries have been helping their communities to cope with the pandemic, demonstrating core cooperative values of solidarity, social responsibility and caring for others.