Proper management enables cooperatives to offer high quality, efficient and effective services to their members. Moreover, well managed agricultural cooperatives can also contribute to wider development issues such as food security, sustainable use of natural resources and inclusive employment creation. My.COOP is a training package and programme on the management of agricultural cooperatives. It has been designed for existing and potential managers of agricultural cooperatives as well as for members involved in managerial tasks to strengthen the management of agricultural cooperatives and provide guidance to cater for member satisfaction, business opportunities and social considerations. Recently, My.COOP Training of Trainers has been adapted into a 60 hours certification programme, applied last year in an ILO-FAO Partnership training in Angola and offered now online worldwide.
The target group will be presidents, administrators and other actors within the cooperative structures, as well as trainers and vocational trainers that already somehow act within cooperative and agricultural communities.
My.COOP is a training package and programme on the management of agricultural cooperatives. Proper management enables cooperatives to offer high quality, efficient and effective services to their members. Moreover, well managed agricultural cooperatives can also contribute to wider development issues such as food security, sustainable use of natural resources and inclusive employment creation.
The My.COOP package consists of 4 modules, a trainer’s manual and a mobile learning toolkit:
Since 2019, the My.COOP TOT has been enriched with the My.Coop Smart, an on-line interactive self-guided module of the MyCoop family, that trainers can also use in the training. It uses case studies and practical experiences to deepen the content of the MyCoop manuals and strengthen knowledge of critical concepts. MyCoop Smart demonstrates how interventions such as training, awareness raising and knowing financial and practical tools increase governance, dialogue and management and can benefit cooperatives.
The My.COOP distance learning Training of Trainers (TOT) programme assumes that its participants are already familiar with the operations and challenges of agricultural cooperatives. The objective of the distance learning programme is thus NOT to train professionals who want to acquire knowledge regarding cooperatives. The TOT will rather allow cooperative experts to acquire the necessary competencies to design and deliver an interactive and participatory face-to-face training using the My.COOP training modules (focus on training methods).
After having completed the Training of Trainers, participants will be able to:
My.COOP partnership My.COOP is the result of a collaborative effort involving a wide range of partners such as cooperative development agencies, cooperative colleges and universities, cooperative and producer organizations, knowledge institutes and agencies of the United Nations.
Initiated by the ILO Cooperative Facility for Africa and the ILO’s Cooperative Branch, the partnership involves: Agriterra, the FAO, the International Training Centre of the ILO, the Royal Tropical Institute and the Wageningen University and Research Centre, among others.