The Global FoodBanking Network

The Global FoodBanking Network The Global FoodBanking Network's (GFN) mission is to nourish the world’s hungry through uniting and advancing food banks. The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) is a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to alleviating world hunger through food banking.
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GFN creates, supports, and strengthens food banks and food bank networks around the world. GFN currently supports existing and developing food banks and national food bank networks in more than 40 countries. You can help support our mission by visiting our website (www.foodbanking.org) and donating.

Mission: Mission: To help nourish the world's hungry through uniting and advancing food banks. Vision: A world free of hunger.

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To celebrate International Women's Day next month, The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) is shining a spotlight on women ...
02/19/2021

To celebrate International Women's Day next month, The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) is shining a spotlight on women food system leaders. Join GFN and inspirational female leaders from International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), World Wildlife Fund, Banco de Alimentos Panamá, and Devex for this exciting virtual panel conversation: "Women Food System Leaders: Vital Frontline Responders in the Fight for Zero Hunger" on Thursday, 11 March.

Register today: https://fbli.foodbanking.org/fbli-sessions/women-food-system-leaders-info

Prior to #COVID-19 two billion people worldwide faced food insecurity. Today, millions more are food insecure and approx...
02/17/2021
Powering Communities for Zero Hunger: COVID-19 Impact Report - The Global FoodBanking Network

Prior to #COVID-19 two billion people worldwide faced food insecurity. Today, millions more are food insecure and approximately 271.2 million are facing acute food shortages due to the pandemic. Now more than ever, The Global FoodBanking Network is committed to supporting the knowledge, infrastructure, and innovations needed on the ground to achieve #zerohunger.

Read our new report, “Powering Communities for Zero Hunger: Impact Report”, for a snapshot of the response to COVID-19 by the #foodbanks in our Network. Faced with unprecedented demand, they have mounted an unprecedented response.

“Day after day we hear stories about locally-led food banks who are innovating in the face of new and persistent challenges related to COVID-19. It is their entrepreneurial spirit and deep commitment to serving their community that fills us with inspiration and momentum as we enter 2021. The Globa...

It is estimated that 600+ million people are chronically undernourished, yet 3 billion tonnes of food are lost or wasted...
02/11/2021
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It is estimated that 600+ million people are chronically undernourished, yet 3 billion tonnes of food are lost or wasted each year!

This is the reason why food banks in 40+ countries are redistributing surplus food and delivering it to people who need it the most in order to end world hunger by 2030. 🌎

As part of Unilever’s Take Action campaign, more people can help create a hunger-free future. Learn more about what taking action means and how you can be part of this.

https://www.unilever.com/about/take-action/initiative/invest-in-a-world-where-no-one-goes-hungry-555251/

Become a friend of food banking and change lives around the world

We are thrilled to join Devex and other partners for the Future of #FoodSystems series. Explore the series to learn how ...
02/11/2021
Devex

We are thrilled to join Devex and other partners for the Future of #FoodSystems series. Explore the series to learn how food systems can work better, making food fair and healthy for all. We are excited to share how #foodbanks can be a part of this solution through this #DevexSeries!

On #WorldPulsesDay and recognizing the work of key global nutrition movements, Devex is launching the Future of Food Systems – a new series on how we can make food fair and healthy for all.

#DevexSeries on #FoodSystems w/ Biovision Foundation · CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems · Children's Investment Fund Foundation · The Global FoodBanking Network · Tanager · 1,000 Days · World Vision USA

02/11/2021
Alleviating Poverty Through Food Banking – Keynote Presentation by Dr. Martin Burt

#NowLIVE: "Alleviating Poverty Through Food Banking" with Dr. Martin Burt

Is it possible to help users to “graduate” from our food banks? In this session Dr. Martin Burt will provide a detailed explanation of how the “Poverty Stoplight”, the new poverty measurement tool and coaching methodology that he developed with his team at Fundación Paraguaya, empowers families to overcome multidimensional poverty. By allowing heads of households to self-diagnose their living conditions across 50 indicators and create customized family plans to overcome their deprivations, families turn their “reds” and “yellows” into “greens” in their dashboards.

The Stoplight is now being used by more than 400 organizations in 30 countries. Dr. Burt believes that the Poverty Stoplight could be a powerful tool for two main stakeholders: poor families and food banks who are willing to address the underlying structural and behavioral issues forcing people to need food assistance in the first place. #FBLI2021

Join us tomorrow 11 Feb for a special virtual Food Bank Leadership Institute session "Alleviating Poverty Through Food B...
02/10/2021

Join us tomorrow 11 Feb for a special virtual Food Bank Leadership Institute session "Alleviating Poverty Through Food Banking" with Martin Burt, Founder & CEO, Fundación Paraguaya and Director, GFN Board. Burt's presentation will focus on the “Poverty Stoplight”, a new poverty measurement tool and coaching methodology that he developed, which empowers families to overcome multidimensional poverty. #FBLI2021

Register today: https://fbli.foodbanking.org/fbli-sessions/alleviating-poverty-through-food-banking-keynote-presentation-by-dr-martin-burt/

"Time and time again, I've seen food banks play an integral part in building resilient food systems and strengthening th...
02/08/2021
If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that local organizations are our best bet in fighting hunger - PhilanTopic | PND | Candid

"Time and time again, I've seen food banks play an integral part in building resilient food systems and strengthening the communities where they are based. I have seen them nourish children through innovative school feeding programs, contribute to families' diverse diets by sourcing and offering nutritious food, and engage local farmers, businesses, and government in their work to alleviate hunger."

Lisa Moon, GFN President & CEO, makes the case for the importance of investing in local organizations and NGOs, like food banks, in this Philanthropy News Digest opinion piece. Read the full article to learn more about the integral role of #foodbanks in their communities during #COVID19 and beyond. https://bit.ly/2MK3cCc

Five years ago, less than 2 percent of funds for humanitarian causes went directly to local and national NGOs, despite the incredible efficiency of these organizations in delivering impactful work at times of great need. Progress has been made —...

"Food banks in Southeast Asia, in particular, have responded to the increased demand for food by mobilizing resources fr...
01/29/2021
Food Banks Offer Hunger Relief Amid Virus Crisis

"Food banks in Southeast Asia, in particular, have responded to the increased demand for food by mobilizing resources from businesses and private citizens, providing a broad-based response to community needs, and rapidly adapting to logistical and market challenges."

Before #COVID19, millions faced #foodinsecurity in Southeast Asia and the numbers are growing. In this The ASEAN Post piece, GFN's President & CEO, Lisa Moon, describes how #foodbanks in the region are responding to the #hunger crisis and calls for increased support. Read the full story here: https://theaseanpost.com/article/food-banks-offer-hunger-relief-amid-virus-crisis

While agility and efficiency make local food banks unique, more collaboration and support will help them scale and meet the rising demand for food.

The United Nations General Assembly designated 2021 the International Year of #Fruits and #Vegetables! This is a unique ...
01/27/2021

The United Nations General Assembly designated 2021 the International Year of #Fruits and #Vegetables! This is a unique opportunity globally to bring awareness on the important role of fruits and vegetables in human nutrition, food security, and health. People facing food insecurity often forego purchasing fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins because of their cost. Food banks play a crucial role in helping vulnerable communities access nutrient-rich food by procuring wholesome surplus food that would otherwise be wasted.

The Global FoodBanking Network supports the procurement of fruit and vegetables through our agricultural recovery programming and food recovery at markets and retailers. Food banks in the Network are nourishing millions of people across six continents by providing wholesome, nutritious food for more diverse diets and, ultimately, healthier lives. Learn more about #IYFV2021: https://bit.ly/3sF73AG
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Today is International Day of Education. To thrive during the school day, children must have access to daily safe and nu...
01/24/2021
Healthy Nations Start with Healthy Children

Today is International Day of Education.

To thrive during the school day, children must have access to daily safe and nutritious meals. Unfortunately, this is not a reality for children around the world suffering from hunger. School-based feeding programs effectively address child hunger, helping to reduce poverty, improve educational outcomes, and strengthen poor communities. Food banks in more than 30 countries have implemented school feeding programs.

The #COVID19 school closures have shone a light on the importance of these school-based feeding programs, as many food banks have had to find new ways to deliver food to children and families who would have otherwise received it through schools.

Learn more about GFN's Child Hunger Programs today on the International Day of Education: https://www.foodbanking.org/childhungerprograms/. #EducationDay UNESCO

Ending child hunger and malnutrition is a moral imperative and a necessity to achieve shared prosperity and stability for all nations. Forty-one percent of children under the age of 15 (605 million people) worldwide are at risk of hunger. The effect of moderate to severe food insecurity can cause de...

"The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated food insecurity and disrupted food systems and food supply chains in developed an...
01/22/2021
Can the World Tackle the Food Insecurity Crisis in 2021?

"The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated food insecurity and disrupted food systems and food supply chains in developed and developing countries alike.

Consistently, throughout the pandemic, many citizens relied on local food solutions and their local farmers and producers to meet their food needs. Moving on in 2021, everyday people should continue to think locally whenever possible."

During the pandemic, food banks around the world acted as a lifeline to the communities they serve. Food banks in The Global FoodBanking Network served more than 27 million people facing hunger, many for the first time, between March-September 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more about how food banks and local solutions are key to solving hunger in their communities: https://bit.ly/35XENzy

The pandemic has exacerbated food insecurity and disrupted food systems and food supply chains in developed and developing countries alike. In the United States, millions of Americans struggle to put food on the table

Hunger is often not a food problem, but a logistics one. There is currently enough food produced to feed everyone, yet m...
01/15/2021
Take action on issues you care about.

Hunger is often not a food problem, but a logistics one. There is currently enough food produced to feed everyone, yet many are still suffering from hunger.

Take Action with #GFN and Unilever and learn about food banks’ mission to redistribute surplus food to those who need it the most.

Spread the word, it’s time to take action.

https://www.unilever.com/about/take-action/initiative/dig-deep-to-defeat-hunger-and-change-lives-around-the-world-555178/

Help empower food banks to thrive around the world

Food touches every aspect of our lives. Together, we can build strong #foodsystems. We can build a more just and resilie...
01/15/2021
United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021

Food touches every aspect of our lives. Together, we can build strong #foodsystems. We can build a more just and resilient world, where no one is hungry, no one is poor and no one is left behind.

The United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021 will launch bold new actions to deliver progress on all 17 Sustainable Development Goals, each of which relies on healthier, more sustainable and equitable food systems. Follow us as we join this conversation and take action to transform the world’s food systems.

Join a year of #foodsystems #UNFSS2021 https://youtu.be/CrZViyhwo_A

In 2021, UN Secretary-General António Guterres will convene a Food Systems Summit as part of the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goa...

"2020 has been an unprecedented and chaotic year. We have all been forced to pivot, adapt, and do things differently. Th...
01/13/2021
121 Food Organizations to Watch in 2021 – Food Tank

"2020 has been an unprecedented and chaotic year. We have all been forced to pivot, adapt, and do things differently. The same holds true for our food systems.

The COVID-19 global pandemic highlights how vulnerable, inefficient, and unjust our food systems currently are—but we also know that they don’t have to be that way. There are opportunities to rebuild and strengthen our food systems to be resilient, equitable, healthy, and regenerative as well as accessible and affordable for all."

Read Food Tank: The Food Think Tank's full "121 Food Organizations to Watch in 2021" featuring The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) and GFN member food bank לקט ישראל Leket Israel.
https://foodtank.com/news/2020/12/food-organizations-to-watch

Ahead of 2021, Food Tank is highlighting 121 organizations helping to rebuild a more sustainable and equitable food system in the next year.

Even before COVID-19, indigenous people were facing high rates of food insecurity. Now, with the health crisis caused by...
01/06/2021
COVID-19 Endangers Indigenous Right to Food, Says U.N. Report – Food Tank

Even before COVID-19, indigenous people were facing high rates of food insecurity. Now, with the health crisis caused by the pandemic, this situation is only making these challenges a little bit tougher for people who depended on traditional means to obtain food.

Nonetheless, we can also learn more about the absolute resilience of Native communities amidst this situation ⤵️

https://foodtank.com/news/2020/11/covid-19-endangers-indigenous-right-to-food-says-u-n-report

A recent U.N. human rights report makes visible Indigenous peoples’ experiences of food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is estimated that there are 82% more people experiencing food insecurity in comparison to last year’s stats — a shock...
01/04/2021
How women and girls are especially at risk of hunger during the pandemic

It is estimated that there are 82% more people experiencing food insecurity in comparison to last year’s stats — a shocking 70% of these people are women and girls!

Discover how communities are responding to the other side of this emergency ⤵️
https://www.pri.org/stories/2020-12-04/how-women-and-girls-are-especially-risk-hunger-during-pandemic

They are more likely to go without food so others in their family can eat. And, for them, hunger leads to other dangers.

Tomorrow we will wake up to a new year, but the need to address global #hunger and #foodinsecurity continues. #Foodbanks...
01/01/2021

Tomorrow we will wake up to a new year, but the need to address global #hunger and #foodinsecurity continues. #Foodbanks in the Network cannot do this work without your help. Thank you for your continued support as we power communities for #zerohunger.

https://www.foodbanking.org/

#foodheroes #helponeandother #togetherwecan #takeaction #servinghope #foodbanking #PoweringFoodBanks #HungerReliefNow #ResilienceTomorrow #foodsecurityforall #foodsecurityisfreedom #foodsecurity #foodjustice #endhunger #reducefoodwaste

Hurricanes Eta and Iota as well as the COVID-19 pandemic have exposed people in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Ni...
12/30/2020
Storms, COVID-19, drought spread hunger in Central America

Hurricanes Eta and Iota as well as the COVID-19 pandemic have exposed people in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua to higher food risks than before. It is important to consider that 3.7 million people (more than a fifth of the population) were already suffering high levels of acute food insecurity even before Eta and Iota stroke.

Learn more about this situation here ⤵️
https://news.trust.org/item/20201202095511-2uewq

Rural areas of Guatemala and Honduras see steep rise in numbers affected by severe food shortages as COVID-19 hits incomes

It’s not too late to support those who need it most. #FoodHeroes in India are committed to redistributing surplus food t...
12/30/2020

It’s not too late to support those who need it most. #FoodHeroes in India are committed to redistributing surplus food to nourish children and adults. Join us today in supporting food banks in India and across the globe! Donate and spread the word with your friends and family. https://www.foodbanking.org/take-action/

#helponeandother #togetherwecan #takeaction #servinghope #foodbanking

There are many important issues facing humanity and the time to act is now.  This is the premise of Unilever’s Take Acti...
12/29/2020
Take action on issues you care about.

There are many important issues facing humanity and the time to act is now. This is the premise of Unilever’s Take Action campaign. Take Action on things you care about!

We are pleased to be included in this initiative for a #ZeroHunger world! 🌎 With your support, food banks around the world can provide free nutritious meals for more than 16 million people in 40+ countries. Learn how you too can take action.

https://www.unilever.com/about/take-action/initiative/creating-healthy-diets-for-a-zerohunger-world-555253/

Celebrate the vital role of food banks for World Food Day

12/28/2020
Miram Alegre, #FoodHero at Banco de Alimentos Perú

“I am proud to work toward reducing food waste and food loss. There is a lot of need for this in our country and food should not be thrown away,” states Miram Alegre, Banco de Alimentos Perú’s #FoodHero. Redistributing surplus food and providing it to those who need it most is a social justice cause. Support #FoodHeroes and join our mission today!

The current health crisis has left many families without food and without their home — the Philippines is one of the mos...
12/28/2020
Record hunger in the Philippines as Covid restrictions bite - France 24

The current health crisis has left many families without food and without their home — the Philippines is one of the most affected countries, with many experts revealing that they have never seen hunger at such high levels. Learn more about the current situation now: https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20201209-record-hunger-in-the-philippines-as-covid-restrictions-bite

Record hunger in the Philippines as Covid restrictions bite

The number of people in Panama suffering from hunger has more than doubled since the pandemic. Alimenta Una Vida is  Ban...
12/25/2020

The number of people in Panama suffering from hunger has more than doubled since the pandemic. Alimenta Una Vida is Banco de Alimentos Panamá's answer to this problem. Launched in April 2020, Banco de Alimentos Panama has served 12 million plates to the most vulnerable across the country. Learn more about the work being done by the food bank and how you can get involved in Alimenta Una Vida today: https://banalimentospty.com/

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We have been disappointed y the way our partners in the Middle East, particularly Egypt have handled the matter involving the Zambian food bank. Despite the contract signed, they have not been sincere to honour it by helping us have a good start a new food bank. We just hope they will aside anything to do with religion as Food does not look who belongs where.
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Pérdida y desperdicio de alimentos Reducir la pérdida y el desperdicio de alimentos El hambre en el mundo está aumentando, sin embargo, aproximadamente un tercio de todos los alimentos producidos a nivel mundial se pierden o se desperdician. Todos tenemos un papel que desempeñar en la reducción de la pérdida y el desperdicio de alimentos, no solo por la comida sino por los recursos que hacen falta para producirlos. La FAO se está asociando con gobiernos, organizaciones internacionales, el sector privado y la sociedad civil para crear conciencia sobre los problemas y para implementar acciones para abordar la raíz del problema. La FAO también trabaja con los gobiernos para desarrollar políticas para reducir la pérdida y el desperdicio de alimentos.
Hi all, does anyone know where I could get resources explaining food dates (particularly 'use by' vs 'best before') dates in Somali, Arabic, Swahili, Tetum and Amharic, for people receiving food parcels? Cheers! [email protected]
LES INSTITUTIONS INTERNATIONALES ME DOIVENT JE PRODUIS DES MILLIARDS DE DOLLARDS EN LIGNE ALORS QUE JE NE GAGNE MEME PAS 5 FCFA PAR MOIS
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Jamaica Food Bank Published by Fabio-Lee de Leon · 20 hrs · This holiday season and into the coming year, while you may have an abundance or much, The Jamaica Food Bank is asking you to remember others who will not have anything and donate to our worthy cause of distributing food baskets. When you shop to take up that one extra thing to donate to our "Baskets of Love." Contact us to make arrangments for dropping off that gift or to pick up. If you are overseas and sending food packages for family or friends please take up that extra foodstuff and write JFB on it and ask your family or friends to call us for it. We look forward to your contributions to distribute to others. Thank you. 879-630-3105/ 402-0139.
DESIGUALDAD... desafíos cooperativos ! El notable incremento de desigualdades provenientes de un capitalismo ávido y sin regulación, de crecientes brechas en la apropiación del excedente entre capitalistas y trabajadores, de la corrupción, de extravagantes índices de inflación, de voluntarismos políticos o tiranuelos mesiánicos de turno, de la incapacidad e ineficiencia gubernamental, de las profundas inequidades en el mundo del trabajo como de efectos perversos provenientes de diversas estrategias de redistribución -entre otras causas determinantes-, conforman e identifican un hito inequitativo insensiblemente intensificado durante las últimas décadas como resultado de regresivas reformas tributarias que aliviaron impositivamente los sectores más poderosos de la sociedad, desguarneciendo más aún y simultáneamente a aquellos más vulnerables, consagrando ´ascuas e intemperies´ propias de toda “Desigualdad y desigualdades”. Más allá de ufanarnos en principios abstractos de soberanía política, de independencia económica y de justicia social, resulta imperativo redistribuir sin demora más y mejor porque la desigualdad es un obstáculo para el desarrollo humano de los países y de las sociedades en términos personales y comunitarios. En pos de mitigar, revertir e impedir la gestación y/o profundización de desigualdades e inequidades, resulta imprescindible elegir y activar el mejor contrafuegos, el más eficaz en tanto traducible y replicable mediante las mejores herramientas disponibles para la redistribución de la riqueza. Complementariamente y en nuestro caso, para la gestión de necesidades, bienes e intereses comunes, hemos reparado en dos de las mismas en tanto y en cuanto han cooperado y cooperan substancialmente en el combate contra las desigualdades y la pobreza. Nos referimos puntualmente al cooperativismo en modo economía popular. Fundamental y básicamente, ambas se nutres de la misma cultura de la satisfacción. Cooperativismo en modo Economía Popular e Igualdad El cooperativismo en tanto nave insignia de la economía solidaria civil, promueve la libre asociación de personas y familias con necesidades e intereses comunes. Su propósito es conformar una empresa solidaria civil –sin intermediarios ni fines de lucro- en la cual todos sus miembros tienen igualdad de derechos y en la que los beneficios obtenidos se reparten entre sus asociados con justicia distributiva, ello conforme el trabajo, la producción, los usos, los consumos u otros aportes personalizados entre cada cooperativista con ´su cooperativa´ Claramente, tanto la autogestión como la acción comunal son características principales distintivas que informan, fundamentan y sostienen el auténtico cooperativismo a lo largo del tiempo, urbi et orbi´ Elementalmente, la economía popular es una forma de organización económica, donde sus integrantes, individual, colectiva y/o barrialmente, organizan y desarrollan solidaria e igualitariamente, procesos de producción, intercambio, comercialización, financiamiento y consumo de bienes y servicios, para satisfacer sobriamente necesidades compartidas y, en lo posible, generar ingresos compartibles entre sus adherentes activos con el firme propósito de aliviar y favorecer sus economías domésticas. Igualdad: la misma básicamente implica y significa que todo contrato social debe ser igual para todos en igualdad de circunstancias, no debiéndose otorgar excepciones o privilegios que excluyan a unos de lo que se reconoce a otros en igualdad de condiciones. ¿Cómo evitar este resultado? Siguiendo los lineamientos de Mario Bunge, la difícil dialéctica entre igualdad, libertad y fraternidad cuestiona la propia eficacia de la solidaridad. De un mercado sin derrame como de la ausencia del Estado, dependerá en gran medida una tragedia de los bienes comunes al ser apropiados sectorial e injustamente. La mejor solución es el autogobierno con la conformación de un tribunal imparcial que resuelva racionalmente los conflictos de intereses entre las partes. Esta es la solución que propuso Elinor Ostrom (1990) y que le valió el Premio Nobel de economía de 2009´ Semejante autogobierno de recursos compartidos antepone la igualdad a la libertad, lo que corrobora el principio de que la igualdad precede a la libertad y a la solidaridad. El que este principio sea rechazado tanto por los autodenominados libertarios de izquierda o anarquistas como por los de derecha o republicanos, sólo sugiere que estas ideologías no respetan los hallazgos de la ciencia social. Tampoco los respetan los marxistas, quienes jamás han imaginado experimentos para poner a prueba sus hipótesis, pese a lo cual pretendieron apoderarse de la expresión: ‘socialismo científico’. A todo ello, el dilema de libertad sin igualdad también vale para igualdad sin libertad o para solidaridad sin igualdad ni libertad. Esto mismo se confirma pensando experimentos en los que un grupo de agentes sociales se sujeta por caso a solo dos de los mandamientos de la triada “Libertad, igualdad, solidaridad.” No es casual el que esta triada sea más prestigiosa y practicable que cualquiera de sus componentes, individualmente considerados. Más temprano que tarde, toda libertad sin igualdad, será precaria pudiendo extinguirse o limitarse de uno u otro modo, directa o indirectamente. Ahora bien, ¿qué sucede con el comunitarismo, o el ideal de la solidaridad o responsabilidad social del individuo? En realidad no parece practicable, ya que la práctica de la fraternidad involucra sentimientos de hermandad, de vecindad y generosidad, que no son fáciles de despertar ni de controlar cuando habitamos un mundo personalmente incomunicado pero tecnológicamente harto conectado. No es casual que el comunitarismo fuese propugnado por unos pocos filósofos idealistas como Hegel, quien también fue estatista. (Recuérdese su tesis “El Estado es la sombra de Dios sobre la Tierra.”) Principios cooperativos Puntualmente, para entender cabalmente el fenómeno cooperativo en general, es preciso acudir a los principios cooperativos reformulados en Manchester en el año 1995´ Entendemos por principios cooperativos las bases fundamentales que informan o deben informar la constitución, el funcionamiento y la regulación de las cooperativas, en la doble concepción de éstas: como persona jurídica privada o sujeto de derecho (art. 148 Código Civil y Comercial Argentino) y como empresa u organizaciones de intereses comunes. Tales principios consisten en: asociación abierta y voluntaria, gestión democrática de los asociados, participación económica igualitaria o justicia distributiva, autonomía e independencia, educación, entrenamiento e información, cooperación entre cooperativas y compromiso con la comunidad o responsabilidad social cooperativa. Cuando los principios cooperativos son encarnados por una masa crítica solidaria, estos se asocian con cooperativas genuinas. Las recomendaciones para lograr cooperativas puras y exitosas se basan tanto en la fiel aplicación de sus principios rectores como en la instrumentación de modelos organizativos flexibles adaptados a cada realidad socio-económica de los asociados. Los principios a que venimos refiriendo, tratan de verdades o directrices, no dogmáticas, sino nacidas de la experiencia cooperativa; inducidas de la observación y proyectadas por deducción al mundo cooperativo en general. No es cerrada su formulación, sino abierta; y no utópica, sino objetiva y real, de acuerdo con las necesidades y demandas de cada momento histórico, (1937, 1966 y 1995). Ahora bien, habiendo consumido ya –poco menos- un cuarto de este siglo XXI, lo afirmado sobre el marco axiológico cooperativo vigente compuesto de principios liminares -fruto del pragmatismo evolutivo de la realidad, cultivada sobre las razones que fundamentan la institución-, nos obliga a efectuar un firme reclamo académico puntual sobre la necesidad y conveniencia de una revisión de la última reformulación de los principios cooperativos ocurrida en Manchester durante el año 1995´, esto es, cuando ya han transcurrido veinticuatro años desde entonces, casi 25 años profundamente revolucionarios y transformadores en términos demográficos, genéticos, ecológicos, tecnológicos/digitales, económicos (vg., crisis financiera mundial o gran recesión 2008/2015´, criptomonedas: Bitcoin, Ether, Libra, etc.) tanto como en fenómenos sociales, migratorios, de usos y consumos, de género o culturales entre los más relevantes. Como señalamos precedentemente al conjeturar y cavilar sobre los principios cooperativos, su establecimiento o determinación se logra mediante el procedimiento o método sociológico de la observación, hasta sintetizar y condensar técnicamente de “la vida” de las cooperativas y de su régimen, aquellas notas fundamentales que les son más típicas y connaturales. Acotamos finalmente que nuestro reclamo revisatorio ut supra, está fundamentado en verosímiles amenazas actuales de vetustez e incompletud en los mismos principios cooperativos oficialmente regentes, reiteradamente relacionados o aludidos precedentemente. Conclusiones y propuestas · Preconclusivamente y teniendo como norte “la noble igualdad”, sería ilusorio y contraproducente atribuir toda la inequidad del capital humano a fenómenos de tipo discriminatorio, o toda la debilidad de los salarios al poder monopsónico e manos de empleadores. Si bien es indispensable identificar las redistribuciones eficaces allí donde existen como acontece y sucede con auténticos cooperativismos y vigorosas economías populares, a veces denunciar en cada desigualdad la marca de una grosera ineficacia a la cual un voluntarismo algo mítico podría poner fin, puede “disculpar” del pago de los impuestos necesarios para financiar injustas transferencias fiscales. Estas, aunque no pueden poner fin a la desigualdad “irreal”, al menos atenúan de manera cierta la muy real desigualdad en las condiciones de vida de “los invisibles” privados de igualdad. · Pensemos entonces junto al maestro Antonio Colomer Viadel en términos de Igualdad, la importancia de un Estado social y democrático de derecho en el que los ciudadanos puedan tener acceso mediante cooperativas a bienes para su consumo o servicios eficientes de agua potable, de lactancia y nutrición, energía eléctrica, transporte, gas, comunicaciones, además de educación, sanidad, vivienda, etc., y que ello se haga en condiciones de costos que tiendan a la gratuidad o, al menos, asegurar un costo mínimo para que no se continúe produciendo la exclusión en aquellas capas sociales lindantes con la pobreza, y por el contrario sea factor de inclusión social. · Pensemos cuán importante será lograrlo mediante el incremento y empoderamiento de auténticos cooperativismos en modo economía popular. Para ello resulta clave, esencial e ineludible el impulso de la educación cooperativa entendida como aquella que consiste en la adquisición del hábito de pensar, de ver, de actuar, de hacer y evaluar de acuerdo con los principios cooperativos y su marco axiológico. También sumará asimilar y “difundir un nuevo paradigma acerca del ser humano, la vida, la sociedad y la relación con la naturaleza”. (Carta Encíclica del Santo Padre Francisco, “Laudato si´”, sobre el cuidado de la casa común). · Pensemos al mismo tiempo, la importancia que tiene para la dignidad personal el intervenir con un protagonismo consciente en la autogestión para la provisión de bienes para el consumo y el suministro de los servicios esenciales desde la perspectiva emancipatoria de dependencias e insensibles exclusiones, diluyendo hasta abolir toda cultura del descarte. · Pensemos ahora en una igualdad de oportunidades en la cual todas las personas en cualquier territorio y bajo cualquier circunstancia, tengan posibilidades concretas de acceder a bienes, productos y servicios esenciales, especialmente aquellas personas que habitan zonas de difícil acceso, que tengan limitaciones físicas, geográficas o necesidades sociales especiales. · Pensemos también en los beneficios de la articulación federativa y confederativa de los distintos sectores de la economía popular cooperativa de bienes, productos y servicios públicos en los diferentes ámbitos territoriales, como para la mejor vinculación de personas y oportunidades con las cooperativas de producción o de trabajo decente asociado, de servicios, de crédito, de vivienda y de consumo. · El fin sería crear un verdadero sector de economía solidaria civil abierto a una estrategia de afines, incorporando otras formas solidarias de organización empresarial e incluso empresas familiares, para alcanzar ese punto de masa crítica, que permitiera una cierta invulnerabilidad del sector cooperativo frente a competencias abusivas desleales, y reivindicara instrumentos de apoyo para este sector de la economía, de carácter agrario, financiero, comercial, tecnológico, de seguros, de las telecomunicaciones, de genuinos fondos de inversión y de formación, que les permitiera una cierta igualdad en esa competitividad de mercados con los sectores privados, populares y públicos de la economía, mostrándose así como ´otro´ sector vigoroso, como una opción y cuña promotora, reivindicativa, redignificante e inclusiva, entre las polarmente prevalecientes como el mercado o el voto, (Thomas Piketty) · La sinergia de esta alianza tendría, sin lugar a dudas, un efecto multiplicador y un beneficio para todos los ciudadanos por la reducción de costos y el incremento de beneficios, ya que no son estos últimos los motores movilizadores del sector cooperativo ni de la economía popular sino, una noble y cabal redistribución equitativa en el marco de la reciprocidad mutual. · Por último pensemos también en un replanteamiento del principio democrático hacia un constitucionalismo solidario que nos ofrezca la disponibilidad de unos instrumentos tan útiles para lograr finalmente, buena parte de todo proyecto transformador y humanamente útil como son las verdaderas cooperativas en su combate cotidiano contra la desigualdad, la pobreza y la cultura del descarte. Experto CoNEAU / Cooperativismo Investigador Cijs/Fac. de Derecho/UNC