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Re: Enabling rural cooperatives and producer organizations to thrive as sustainable business enterprises

FSN Forum Team Afghanistan
07.08.2012
FSN Forum

Posted on behalf of Nora Ourabah Haddad, FAO, Italy

Dear FSN Participants,

After three weeks of intense discussion and fruitful exchanges, I would like to take the opportunity of the closing of the FSN discussion on "Enabling rural cooperatives and producer organizations to thrive as sustainable business enterprises" and to thank  our facilitators John Rouse and Janos Juhasz for their valuable contribution. Indeed, we are very grateful for their accepting to avail their time and long standing experience on cooperatives and producer organizations to ensure the success of this discussion.

We also thank our participants for their insightful inputs and in-depth contributions throughout these last weeks.  Our team will  compile them and use them to enrich  upcoming discussions and debates during fora and events to be held as part of FAO's awareness-raising initiatives related to the International Year of Cooperatives (IYC, 2012) and the World Food Day (16 October 2012) on the theme of agricultural cooperatives.  Most importantly, we expect to integrate all these inputs and contributions in the Global Plan of Action being prepared by the Rome-based agencies and the UN interagency coordination for the IYC and Beyond.

We would also like to thank our colleagues from FSN secretariat team, in particular Renata Mirulla, for her precious support to our Team in organizing this successful FSN.

Please feel free to contact us directly at FAO, for any request or information regarding follow-up to this FSN Discussion or information relevant to FAO's initiative on the International Year of Cooperatives (2012) and Beyond.  Please send your query directly to me: nora.ourabahhaddad@fao.org and also to: rosalud.delarosa@fao.org.

We look forward to your continued support in strengthening the role of agricultural cooperatives and producer organizations to reduce poverty and achieve food security in the world.

Nora Ourabah Haddad
email: nora.ourabahhaddad@fao.org