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Resilient to Crises: The Adaptive Nature of Cooperatives

In collaboration with fellow Cooperative Development Program (CDP) implementers NCBA-CLUSA, Global Communities, and Equal Exchange, Land O’Lakes Venture37 (Venture37) conducted a study on the impact of COVID-19 on nearly 90 agricultural cooperatives in 8 countries globally. Data for this study was collected in three intervals (May, June, and July 2020) to assess how the impacts of COVID-19 on cooperative operations changed over time. Kari Onyancha, the Chief of Party for Venture37’s CDP programs in Malawi and Rwanda, has played an integral role in the development, execution, and assessment of the COVID-19 impact study. In this interview, Kari highlights key takeaways from the impact survey and shares her insights on the resilient and adaptive nature of agricultural cooperatives globally.

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