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415. Cheese, Soccer Balls and Sweaters: Worth Their Salt

Only a generation ago a single salt mine offered the vast majority of job opportunities for the people of Salinas de Guaranda, Ecuador. This salt mine was not a cooperative. It did not offer collective governance to the workers. Owned by a single man, the workers received low wages in unsafe conditions with no hope […]

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384. The Bull and the Volcano

In ““My Invented Country”” Isabel Allende writes of her people, ““We Chileans still feel our bond with the soil…. Our most important newspaper, El Mercurio, publishes a weekly agricultural supplement that informs the public in general of the latest insignificant pest found on the potatoes or about the best forage for improving milk production. Its […]

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294. In Kenya, working hand in hand with the ILO to create cooperatives and jobs

As the afternoon sun alights behind the rugged hills of the Machakos district in Kenya’s Eastern Province, dairy farmer Peter Ndhuli walks across his idyllic farm towards a large mound. “This one I made it last year. This is one way of challenging the climate,” he says as he lifts the covering to reveal the […]

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287. Githunguri Dairy Farmers Co-operative Society, Kenya

The Githunguri Dairy Farmers Co-operative Society has revolutionised the Kenyan dairy industry. It was formed in 1961 by 31 dairy farmers keen to improve their dairying and marketing possibilities. Today, the co-operative has about 17,000 members, and its collection centres have expanded from one to 68. Commissioning its own milk processing facility in 2004 led […]

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284. The Cream of the Coast

The Norco name derives from, and is synonymous with, the far north coast of New South Wales, where the North Coast Fresh Food and Cold Storage Co-operative began operations at Byron Bay in 1895. Soon afterwards a depot at Lismore began processing cream into butter, using the Richmond River for transportation. More factories were added, […]