Agricultural primary cooperatives and their member farms can increase their productivity, efficiency and sustainability through improved services provided by umbrella and regional associations as well as secondary cooperatives.
Financed by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), the project has a duration of 3 years (June 2017 – July 2020) and relevant work areas are:
The project develops needs-based educational offers within the association and educational
structures in Brazil and Argentina. These educational offers will initially be developed and applied regionally. In a second step, standardised methods and instruments will be extended beyond the regions.
This includes, for example, the regular implementation of modular training courses for supervisory boards and board members in cooperatives. Other current topics in the field of education are consulting methodology and soft skills, internal audit / risk management and cost accounting. The project also improves management in the areas of planning, control and monitoring. In addition, partner associations are supported in the development of strategies, methods and instruments in the priority areas of the project and information is provided to promote cooperation opportunities
The joint development of a methodology for the strategic consulting of agricultural cooperatives on the basis of case studies led to training courses for association consultants (e.g. consulting methodology, soft skills, financial analysis) and employees in cooperatives (e.g. analysis of business processes and their financial calculation).
With regard to cooperation opportunities, the project is active in the areas of joint services for
cooperatives (merchandise management systems) and digital trading platforms.
As part of the cooperation, the DGRV is working with its partners in Brazil in 2019 to analyse and advise on joint services for cooperatives. There are ideas for a common ERP (Enterprise
Resource Planning) system for the agricultural cooperatives in Brazil. A new best practice example from Germany, i.e. a common virtual trading platform for cooperatives, will be presented in the context of a consultation by German experts on site as well as a trade visit of the association and cooperative members to Germany. Opportunities for Brazil will be explored during the joint exchange.
Project partners in Brazil are the national umbrella association OCB (“Organização das Cooperativas Brasileiras”) and the cooperative educational institution SESCOOP (“Serviço Nacional de Aprendizagem no Cooperativismo”) based in Brasilia. Four regional associations in the states of Rio Grande do Sul, Paraná, São Paulo and Espírito Santo are involved in the project in order to implement the methods and instruments developed in the project on a pilot basis.
National umbrella association OCB
Cooperative Educational Institution SESCOOP
Regional Cooperative Association Paraná
Regional Cooperative Association Sao Paulo
Regional Cooperative Association Espírito Santo
There is no office in Brazil, so all activities are coordinated from Bonn.
Main contact person at DGRV in Bonn is:
DGRV – German Cooperative and Raiffeisen Association e. V.
F. +49 228 8861 355