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World Food Day 2012: agricultural cooperatives

October 17, 2012

October 16th was World Food Day! World Food Day was started to mark the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, dedicated to ensuring people all over the world have access to safe and healthy food. The theme of this year’s World Food Day is Agricultural Cooperatives: key to feeding the world.

So, what is an agricultural cooperative? It is like any other cooperative, but the membership is typically made up of agricultural producers, or farmers. The Food and Agriculture Organization defines it as “any member-owned enterprise run on democratic principles.” Indeed, voluntary open membership, democratic member control, and economic participation in the cooperative are three of seven commonly held cooperative principles, outlined here.

To learn more about agricultural cooperatives, watch this video:

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