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As part of its ongoing engagement with co-operatives and development actors in the region, the Asia Pacific Unit of the ICA-EU Partnership met with Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Ltd. (IFFCO) in New Delhi on 8-Jan to learn more about the organisation and its recent developments.



Mr. Tarun Bhargava [Dy. General Manger, Cooperative Relations] led the IFFCO delegation for the meeting. It was heartening to learn that IFFCO, the world’s largest fertiliser cooperative, retained the seat of the Director on Global Board of the Alliance for the second time in a row, with the highest tally of 627 out of 696 votes. Expressing his delight over the win, Mr. Bhargava said, “We are extremely proud that IFFCO retains the coveted seat at ICA for the second time in a row. It is an honour that India’s contribution towards strengthening the cooperative movement and farmer service has been recognised in the global market. We look forward to the future and helping the Alliance in serving co-operatives worldwide.”


The AP-Unit of the ICA-EU Partnership was apprised on IFFCO YUVA; a joint venture of IFFCO eBazaar and Youth4work for the empowerment of rural Youth. IFFCO YUVA app is helping Youth to assess and identify their skills through online tests. The App aims to empower the Youth across India to develop skills through online and offline courses to make them employable and discoverable by Top Companies for Career Opportunities.


Recently, IFFCO also hosted a youth delegation of National Agricultural Co-operative Federation, Republic of Korea. The delegation visited Dhaula (Haryana, India) which is working towards becoming a smart village under a Government of India scheme. IFFCO has also ventured into providing e-commerce services to villages through its digital initiative, Indian Cooperative Digital Platform (ICDP). IFFCO has also moved up to 105th place from 155th in World Cooperative Monitor, which ranks global top-300 cooperatives. It was interesting to note how IFFCO’s success has been credited to its adept use of the youth-women-technology nexus for co-operative development.


The Unit looks forward to work closely with IFFCO and its development arms to improve, among others, social inclusion and economic empowerment, areas in which co-operatives play a fundamental role.