We help build economically and socially viable Cooperative Business Enterprises and Communities

The Institute of Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprise Development (ICOPED) is an academic unit under the College of Economics and Management (CEM), University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB).  It was formerly the Agricultural Credit and Cooperatives Institute (ACCI) which was established in 1960 via a resolution signed by delegates from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The resolution stated “that a Far East Agricultural Credit and Cooperatives Institute be recommended to be established in a country represented in the 1956 Far East Agricultural Credit Workshop”.   

ICOPED provides a strong focus on the development of cooperatives as viable economic and social business enterprises through its instruction, research, extension and training, networking, and policy advocacy programs.  This is consistent with the United Nations' framework that emphasizes "the contribution of cooperatives to socio-economic development particularly in poverty reduction, employment generation, and social integration".  

Vision and Mission

ICOPED’s vision is to be a center of excellence for instruction, research, and extension in the field of cooperatives and bio-enterprise development in the Philippines and Asia. Its mission focuses on the following objectives:

  • To help produce graduates with strong academic background and professional skills in managing cooperatives towards bio-enterprise development;
  • To undertake research and extension programs that support policy-making for cooperatives and enhance their roles in sustainable and broad-based development; and
  • To serve as a link between UPLB and the government and private sector on public policy and technical assistance in the promotion of cooperatives as viable business enterprises.

ICOPED is strategically located in the municipality of Los Baños, province of Laguna, about 40 kilometers south of Manila.  Being part of the UPLB campus, it provides opportunities for students, researchers, and clients to maintain productive relationships and networking with experts and resources of other UPLB units; government agencies such as PCARRD, PCAMRD, and other institutions under DENR and DOST; and international organizations such as IRRI, SEARCA, and Asian Biodiversity Center.

For inquiries please contact:
Zenaida M. Sumalde, PhD
Professor and Director, ICOPED
College of Economics and Management, UPLB
College, Laguna 4031
Telefax: 049-536-3266
Website: http://philcoop.net/icoped/



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