International Co-operative Agricultural Organisation (ICAO)

The International Co-operative Agricultural Organisation (ICAO) is a sectoral organisation of the International Co-operative Alliance. It exists to safeguard the interests of its member organizations, to pursue research into the latest developments in the agricultural co-operative movement, to promote mutual understanding and economic collaboration between the agricultural co-operatives on the one hand and the farmer and other types of co-operatives (eg consumers', fisheries, insurance, housing, etc) on the other, both worldwide and at local level.

As a global organisation for agricultural co-operatives the ICAO has a number of goals:

  • To exchange experience on specific activity fields by hosting international meetings such as seminars and workshops;
  • To promote the establishment of agricultural co-operatives in developing countries in order to increase food security;
  • To improve the distribution of agricultural products;
  • To take concrete action for preserving the environment.
  • To promote and encourage agricultural cooperatives, especially in the developing countries and transitional economies, and help find assistance for their establishment, when requested.
  • To survey the problems which concern agricultural cooperatives in different countries and to make recommendations regarding potential solutions

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