World Council of Credit Unions is working with rural savings and credit cooperatives (RUSACCOs) to improve food security and livelihoods among farming families with funding from the monetization of 23,000 metric tons of wheat through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food for Progress Department (USDA, 2009-13). In three regions that span half the country, WOCCU's Enhancing Food Security and Rural Livelihoods program assists RUSACCOs with financing agricultural production and investment, mobilizing savings and providing a range of non-financial services, such as small infrastructure investments, to improve farmers' access to markets.
- Provide agricultural extension and technical assistance to the
farmer members of rural credit unions in order to develop a basic
commercial agricultural environment. WOCCU will focus on increased
agricultural productivity, post-harvest handling, marketing and the
development of farmer cooperatives.
- Improve community infrastructure by initiating and supporting
community self-help activities to build or improve the infrastructure
required to support agriculture such as storage facilities, irrigation
systems, access roads, bridges, basic sanitation facilities and other
- Strengthen rural credit unions and increase agricultural credit by
establishing and/or reforming community-based agricultural credit
unions. WOCCU will also provide farmers and rural entrepreneurs with
access to financing for agricultural production and small businesses
related to agriculture.