For the past 20 years AJEEC-NISPED has been training community leaders, government workers and directors from developing countries. Our expertise lies in the development of agricultural cooperatives, with a focus on the strong correlations between the business management and community development aspects as a prerequisite for the cooperative’s success.
The international community has placed the mitigation of poverty as the first target in the UN Millenium Development Goals. The UN institutions, particularly the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Labor Organization (ILO), recommend the formation of cooperatives in order to cope with the challenges of eradicating poverty in rural villages. Research proves that organizing farmers in the framework of cooperatives enables them to successfully compete in global markets and improves their socioeconomic status. Cooperatives empower farmers and ensure them a central place in local development processes.
Training course topics include but are not limited to:
- an introduction to international development
- the integration of farmers into cooperative frameworks
- the roles of small businesses and cooperatives in the development of villages
- connecting regional manufacturers to the global marketplace
and introduction to models from Israel and the international arena.
Since the founding of NISPED, the program has impacted thousands of students from African and Asian countries including China, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan, the Palestinian Authority and more.