Agri-coops undergo management training

Agri-coops undergo management training

Agricultural cooperative partners from different regions took part in the My.Coop Training Programme on November 25 - 29 to strengthen their management skills for high quality, efficient, and effective services to their members.

Organized by PEF's Social Enterprise Institute and Dutch Agri-Agency Agriterra, 18 coop leaders from Compostela Valley, Zamboanga del Norte, Ifugao, Quezon, Negros Occidental and Leyte, learned the basic concepts of agri-coops on governance, management, capital formation and finance, identified major management challenges that are specific to their organizations through mind-mapping, SWOT analysis, and market information analysis.

Facilitators for the five-day training were Agriterra business advisors Ben Luther Lucas, Marciano Virola Jr., and Dutch agribusiness expert Tark Bartlema, who shared his cooperative’s best practices that made them a leading agri-product producer in the Netherlands.

PEF Executive Director Roberto Calingo emphasized the importance of strong cooperatives to help their members succeed in the value chain.

"Ang hamon sa ating kooperatiba ay kung paano palalakihin ang ating negosyo, paano palalakihin ang merkado para sa'ting mga produkto. Hamon din sa atin ay kung kaya natin magiging matatag na organisasyon na tumutulong sa ekonomiya sa mga komunidad," he said.

According to Reynaldo Sicalag, manager of Crossing Ibos Farmers Credit Cooperative, what he learned most in the training is the importance of SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) in determining what should be addressed in every projects and programs of a cooperative.

"Sa bawat project na gagawin natin, dapat i-analyze muna 'yung kahinaan at saka mga dapat pang gawin (para maging matagumpay ito)," he said.

Agriterra is an agri-agency founded by the Dutch agricultural sector that professionalizes farmer organizations and cooperatives worldwide to better serve the needs and interests of their member farmers.