This brief is part of the Transforming our world: A cooperative 2030 series produced by the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC). Through a series of 17 briefs, one for each Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), COPAC hopes to raise awareness about the significant contributions of cooperative enterprises towards achieving the 2030 Agenda in a sustainable, inclusive and responsible way, and encourage continued support for their efforts. This brief in the series focuses on SDG 10 – ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture.
As autonomous businesses that are jointly-owned and democratically-controlled by their members, cooperatives are a tested model that can sustainably support small-scale producers and family farmers to achieve economies of scale and improve their access to markets, financing, information and other resourc- es. Agricultural producers’ cooperatives help them raise productivity and incomes including through joint- ly purchasing inputs, investing on productive assets such as storage and processing facilities, marketing products and organizing skills training. They are also proved to be central to producers’ ability to innovate and adopt improved and resilient agricultural practices.
Consumers’ cooperatives also contribute to food security and sustainable agriculture at the end of the food supply chains