Is your co-operative active in the food and agriculture sector? Thanks to the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), we have a dedicated space for co-operatives in this sector to explore their potential contributions to the SDGs and commit to action.
Food and agriculture co-operatives have a particular role to play in eradicating hunger, improving food security and securing the livelihoods of rural people. They are the most common form of co-operative and represent a substantial portion of the global co-operative economy. Co-operatives help small agricultural producers solve the numerous challenges that confront them as individuals. These challenges include access to markets, to information about food prices and market trends, to high-quality inputs (equipment, seeds, fertilizer), to loans to purchase these inputs and to transport, storage and other infrastructure.
Co-operatives in the food and agriculture sector also impact their communities by serving as a platform for producers to participate in policy processes, diversifying the food supply and increase local producers’ influence through the power of the collective.
Given these important benefits, co-operatives have much to contribute to a more sustainable food system.
How co-operatives can contribute to the SDGs related to food and agriculture: