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INVEST Co-op Program

The INVEST Co-op Program is a four-year, CAD $22 Million initiative funded by the Global Affairs Canada with a CAD $5 Million contribution from the Canadian Co-operative Association. The Program takes an integrated co-operative approach, benefiting producers by increasing production, productivity, and access to markets and financial services. The goal of the Program is to improve sustainable gender-equitable economic well-being for women and men small producers through co-operatives in Indonesia, Malawi, Mongolia and Peru. The Program will reach 69,800 women and men directly, and 269,000 indirectly.

Our Approach

The INVEST Co-op Program takes an integrated co-operative approach, benefiting producers by increasing production, productivity, access to markets and financial services. The Integrated Co-operative Model (ICM) as it has emerged involves three types of co-ops working closely together - producer co-ops, marketing co-ops and financial co-ops - to serve the financial needs of both individual members and the agricultural co-ops themselves. Together, these co-operative enterprises offer a suite of services for a holistic and integrated approach to rural development.

 

The program will introduce key innovations, including:

(a) climate resilient agricultural practices to increase quality and yield of production;

(b) agricultural insurance products to protect women and men against losses;

(c) development of value-chains of crops produced by women;

(d) warehouse receipt systems to allow smallholders to build collateral for loans; and

(e) extending the model to cover livestock fisheries.

 

 

 

Budget: $22 million
 
Term: Four years

Reach: 69,800 women and men directly, and 269,000 indirectly.

Implementing Partners:

in Indonesia:

Koperasi Serikat Pekerja Merdeka Indonesia (KOSPERMINDO)
The Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland
in Malawi:
Malawi Union of Savings and Credit Co-operatives (MUSCCO)
Farmer's Union of Malawi (FUM)
in Mongolia:
Mongolia Co-operative Training and Information Centre (MCTIC)
Mongolian Confederation of Credit Unions (MOCCU)
The National Association of Mongolian Agricutltural Co-operatives (NAMAC)
in Peru:
Norandino

Financial Partners: