Improving efficiency and achieving better results for farmers

January 01, 2016

The Coop Academy, launched in Côte d’Ivoire in 2013 in partnership with the International Finance Cooperation (IFC), is an industry-first mini-MBA program. Endorsed by the government, it combines 28 days of intensive classroom training with a year of personalized on-the-ground coaching. Its aim is to help farmers develop the financial and management knowledge and skills to enable them to improve the day-to-day running of their businesses and support the long-term success and growth of their cooperatives.

Since its launch, 320 leaders from 80 cooperatives have completed or are currently enrolled in the program.

“This is the first time that we’ve been offered this kind of support. It’s exactly what we need and I would like to express how thankful we are for this program.
Bitty Souho Georges, the Cooperative President, Cooperative Camene 

Evaluation shows that participating cooperatives have become more professional. For example, general meetings are now regularly organized and held with the support and involvement of various producer members.

We run the Coop Academy in partnership with the sustainable trade initiative, IDH, TechnoServe, IFC, and INPHB (Institut National Polytechnique Houphouet Boigny).

We are launching the Coop Academy in Cameroon next and our ambition is to take it into our other origin countries in the future.

“Thanks to the skills I have learned at the Coop Academy, we’ve been able to apply an annual budget, implement a procedure book and create a development plan for the future.”
Yao N’Dri Pascal, President of the ECASO Cooperative


 

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