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Presented by www.coopfarming.coop. A candid new podcast series will tell the stories of Australian farmers transforming their businesses and fighting back from the brink by working together. Featuring leading primary producers, the eight-episode podcast MEET THE CO-OP FARMERS will address some of the biggest issues in farming, put forward solutions aimed at future-proofing Australian family farms and talk to farmers and fishers fighting back with the co-operative model. Pete Lewis speaks fra ...
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With nearly 30 years as an international civil servant working with the UN, Yewande Odia has been in all the hotspots - Somalia, Haiti, Goma, Tchad and yes, even New York (the original hotspot)! In this episode, we discuss: UN or bust - how to get your foot through the door; Trevor Noah, Chris Rock and the attraction of the educated comic; Theatre …
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As if Sarah Boulos’s backstory (past imperfect?) was not epic enough, her present continuous one merits its own Hollywood (or is it Nollywood?) biopic. Born in Burkina Faso, schooled in France and US, Lebanese father and French mother; living in Nigeria for many decades, Sarah has truly bloomed where she was planted. Vibrant, passionate and a muse,…
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Ugoma Ebilah is a polymath - she has been an economist, successful financier, clothes designer, art dealer and now, one word which might just work when trying to box the unboxable would be 'creative entrepreneur'. In this episode, we discuss: The corporate lane, having an eye, wanting more and the side hustle mission creep. Clarity vs choosing not …
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Kate Hage, an experienced professional with a background in finance, law, and business development, successfully transitioned to the tech industry, becoming the first Australian employee and Business Development Director at Syndex. Follow Us On: Facebook – coopfarming Instagram – coopfarming Episode Notes: In our latest episode of Meet the Co-op Fa…
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Executive coach Stephen Shepherd of AltusQ has extensive experience working with co-operatives and mutuals. Follow Us On: Facebook – coopfarming Instagram – coopfarming Episode Notes: In this conversation with rural journalist Michael Cavanagh, hear how how the co-operative difference informs and strengthens the business strategy of the co-ops and …
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The Terang Co-op is the retail heart of the small town of Terang and the lifeblood of the community, providing jobs, a sense of ownership and opportunities for local producers. Follow Us On: Facebook – coopfarming Instagram – coopfarming Episode Notes: Talking to journalist Michael Cavanagh, Kevin Ford reflects on the co-op ahead of his retirement …
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Uzo Nzeogu, a talented artist who studied Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka with greats like Bruce Onobrakpeya and El Anatsui seemed all set to claim his place as a fine artist. But then, he did the maths, ditched paint and chose pragmatism. Pragmatism led him to Newswatch, to Dele Giwa, to Ray Ekpu, to Dan Agbese and to 't…
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Helen took a short trip away from university and came back as Miss Nigeria 1979! Sharp, shrewd and always impeccably turned out, Helen Prest Ajayi neatly turned the beauty currency into entrepreneurship, into businesses way ahead of the times. In this episode, we discuss: using what you have to get what you want. spotting trends way ahead of time. …
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Eku Edewor is many things but one thing she definitely is not is a slacker. Not just a pretty face (and what a pretty face), she believes in grafting and earning her flowers. In this episode, we discuss: 9 years old and catching the bug (yes, do put your daughter on the stage Mrs. Worthington). 53 Extra, Castle & Castle, Netflix and longevity in th…
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A lion in the den who has made his mark on the property landscape. Paul Onwuanibe is group chief executive officer of Landmark Africa Group. With formal education in Architecture, Property Development and Construction Management, together with a London Business School MBA with a merit in “Value Engineering” Paul is one of the renowned lions on the …
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For years, Dr. Ayo Aderinwale lived and breathed African political science. He has been in exile fleeing Abacha's regime, been a key figure in the plans and preparations for the United States of Africa, been Deputy President, Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the African Union, established and became executive director of the African Leaders…
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Western Australia is known for many things – its stunning landscapes, beautiful beaches, the WACA and its much-loved AFL teams. But it’s also home to Australia’s largest fishery, Geraldton Fishermen’s Co-operative, which is a full-service operation taking its members’ daily catch of western rock lobsters and transporting them around the globe. Foll…
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Hers was the generation that saw the best of times and, arguably, the worst of times. The heady, optimistic pre Nigerian independence days and then, the abyss of the Civil War. Mrs. Eugenia Arinola Afolabi has seen it all, done it all and wears the robes with a twinkle in her eye. In this episode we discuss: being wooed and wedded in 50s Nigeria; l…
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Michael Cavanagh sat down with The Lockyer Fruit and Veggie Cooperative’s Colin Dorber – the driving force behind the co-op and a man committed to the future prosperity of the Lockyer Valley region. Follow Us On: Facebook – coopfarming Instagram – coopfarming Episode Notes: This month, we hear the inspiring story of Queensland's Lockyer Fruit and V…
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In this month’s podcast, we again focus on one of the leading co-operatives in the flood-ravaged Northern Rivers region of NSW – The Casino Food Co-op. Rural journalist Michael Cavanagh sat down with Simon Stahl, CEO of The Casino Food Co-op, the largest farmer-owned meat processing co-op in Australia with over 500 farmer members. Farming is an inh…
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Sade Doherty works hard - at being a business lawyer, family court assessor, school governor, Musical Society of Nigeria trustee, Centre for Contemporary Arts trustee, and at that most social of High Church communities, The Pink Ladies of the Cathedral Church of Christ. In this episode, we talk about: wearing many hats being 'se kari' or in English…
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The Northern Rivers region of NSW is no stranger to floods. But this resilient community has been stretched to breaking point this year, with record-breaking floods reaching heights beyond what anyone had ever imagined. Rural journalist Michael Cavanagh joined John Williams, CEO of Summerland Credit Union, to find out what drives this member-owned …
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Children have a voice, they should be encouraged to use it and people should be encouraged to listen (with apologies to the Duchess of Sussex). Tsemaye, Kwezi, Alicia and Tom from Nigeria, South Africa, France and the United Kingdom share their thoughts. We talk about: the war in Ukraine what makes them happy what they would like for the world the …
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When the town of Sea Lake was left with no local pub, the community took matters into their own hands, renovating a derelict building and opening the Royal Hotel as the Sea Lake Hotel Co-operative Limited. Rural journalist Michael Cavanagh caught up with the co-op’s chair, John Clohesy and secretary, Alison McClelland. In this podcast you will lear…
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Special Educational Needs (SEN) has become rather a ‘thing’ but was it ever thus and we are just more aware now? What do we mean by SEN? You know that feeling when you think something is not quite right? The worry, the angst, who do you call? What do you do? Apparently, “1 in 5 of us has dyslexia” - Dyslexia Nigeria, so yes, it is a ‘thing’. In the…
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Marissa Costello is the general manager of one of Australia’s longest-running co-operatives, the Killarney Co-op. Serving the residents of the Queensland town of Warwick and its surrounds, this co-op has been on an impressive journey over the last century. Marissa Costello and Michael Cavanagh reflect on the first 100 years of the Killarney Co-op, …
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When Target announced the closure of its much-loved Cootamundra store, the locals quickly realised they would need to travel to Young or Wagga to buy many of their everyday essentials - even bras and briefs. An offhand comment by Cootamundra resident Leigh Bowden, "why don't we start a co-op?", marked the start of a long but exciting journey that h…
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Welcome back to the podcast series from the farming front line. Meet the Co-op Farmers. It's our second season and this time we're going wider and digging deeper to uncover more great stories of co-operation in regional Australia. We'll not only be talking to the farmers, fishers and foresters who put the food on our table and get the wood to the m…
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