Cooperatives: The power to act for a sustainable future’. The theme of 2016 International Day of Cooperatives celebrated on 2nd of July seems to raise awareness on the critical importance of Cooperatives worldwide.

In 1992, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed, in its resolution 47/90 of 16 December 1992, the International Day of Cooperatives to be celebrated annually on the first Saturday of July.

The aim of this International Day is to:

Increase awareness on cooperatives;Highlight the complementarily of the goals and objectives of the United Nations and the international cooperative movement;

Underscore the contribution of the movement to the resolution of the major problems addressed by the United Nations;

Strengthen and extend partnerships between the international cooperative movement and other actors, including governments, at local, national and international levels.

The co-operative movement presents a unique combination of global reach and needs-based business conduct. Play an important role in poverty reduction by widening ownership and by giving people a voice, both inside their organizations and in society as a whole.

Cooperatives in Albania

In Albania the term “cooperative” is affiliated with the communist regime when people were forced to farm collectively. Recently, during 2012 the Albanian parliament approved the “Law for Agricultural Cooperation Associations”, but it needs several amendments to be efficiently implemented. Farmers are facing difficulties, such as technical problems regarding association’s registration, profit sharing between farmers or relations to third parties./AgroWeb.org