What's Agri-food Cooperatives Spain?
Introduction

Agri-food Cooperatives Spain is the organization that represents and defends the economic and social interests of the Spanish agri-food cooperative movement. It is made up of 16 Federations and Regional Unions of Agricultural Cooperatives plus one second degree cooperative (Agrocantabria) which provide support and services to the agri-food cooperatives in their respective Autonomous Communities.

Thus, Agri-food Cooperatives Spain is the common body that stands for and defends the interests of Spanish agri-food cooperatives from all the different Autonomous Communities towards the national Administration, the European Union and the rest of the social and economic agents from those sectors in which the agricultural cooperatives develop their activities. In this way, Agri-food Cooperatives Spain join forces for the defense of farmers and cattle breeders interests.

Moreover, training, information and advisory services are also offered through Agri-food Cooperatives Spain offices in Madrid and Brussels, contributing to improve the efficiency of the agri-food cooperative movement for the achievement of its economic, social and human goals.

Company mission

The mission of Agri-food Cooperatives Spain is to promote, represent and support the Spanish agri-food cooperative movement, boosting a profitable, competitive, well-dimensioned and professionalized business model and contributing to increase the profitability of farmers and cattle breeders, as well as to the sustainable development of the Spanish agri-food sector and the rural areas.

Past and present

Shortly after the Constitutional Monarchy was founded in Spain, the Freedom of Association Law was approved. It allowed voluntary partnerships and associations that were finally grouped in two organizations at national scale: AECA and UCAE. On November 7th, 1989, these organizations were merged and together established the Spanish Confederation of Agricultural Cooperatives (CCAE).

The CCAE creation implied, at that time, the achievement of the agricultural cooperative movement unity in the democratic phase after an adaptation process to the new political situation.

At the beginning of 2009, CCAE changes its name and becomes to Cooperativas Agro-alimentarias de España (Agri-food Cooperatives Spain). The economic, social and entrepreneurial scenario has changed, and the new name intends to emphasize, to a larger extent, the aspect of integral and modern company adapted to the current markets that cooperatives should have.

Agri-food Cooperatives Spain is also responsible of the dissemination, defense and foster of the agri-food cooperative movement as an entrepreneurial model that allows farmers and cattle-breeders to participate of the added value of their products, providing more transparency and stability to the agricultural markets.

At the same time, the cooperative business model helps to avoid countryside depopulation, maintaining and creating employment in the areas where the cooperatives are established, contributing to the sustainability of the environment and to the rural development. In addition, cooperatives prove to be a very efficient instrument to control the traceability, quality and safety of the agricultural products along the whole chain, from the country to the consumer.