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subject 2018 ICAO EXCOM Meeting in Ankara, Turkey
Author ICAO Secretariat
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Date 2018-05-21
Contents 2018 ICAO Executive Committee Meeting in Ankara, Turkey

From 5-7th April, the 2018 ICAO Executive Committee Meeting was held in Ankara Turkey, hosted by OR-KOOP, inviting ICAO EXCOM members and women farmers from member countries. President Mr. KIM Byeong-Won was represented by the Vice Chairman of the NACF, Mr. HEO Sik, and eight EXCOM members were present at the meeting. Mr. Tarun Bhargava from IFFCO could not attend due to internal issues of their cooperative.

To celebrate and further promote the 2017 ICAO Declaration of Ambitions, the ICAO set two goals for this year: To promote trade based on cooperation among cooperatives, and to empower young farmers and women farmers, and these were selected as the main themes of this year's ICAO EXCOM meeting.

After having the EXCOM meeting and exchanging information about each others activities during the past six months, the ICAO hosted two special sessions dedicated to the main promotion goals, 쏞OOP to COOP Trade and 쏷ime to Recognize and Empower Women Farmers.

For the 쏞OOP to COOP Trade session, all attending EXCOM members presented trade opportunities among our members and other cooperatives. The Agricultural Credit Cooperative (ACC) from Turkey, also joined to give an introduction about their cooperative and brief business opportunities with the present members.

For the second session on 쏷ime to Recognize and Empower Women Farmers, the ICAO invited ten women farmers from eight countries, including two keynote speakers, each from Finland and Turkey, to share their experiences as women farmers in their own countries with the rest of the audience.

After the EXCOM meeting and special sessions, President Cafer Yuksel of OR-KOOP Turkey hosted a welcoming dinner for all guests.

On the second day, participants went on a field trip to local Turkish Cooperatives. The first destination was to the ACC Packaging Facility in Etimesgut where members could visit the processing and packaging site for ACC products. Next, the team moved to Beypazari and visited the office of TARIM KOOP Turkey and their member women farmers to see the Turkish agriculture in Person.

The whole schedule ended with a farewell dinner hosted by the Vice President of the NACF, Mr. HEO Sik.

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