2020

Global consultation on COVID-19 impact on family farmers

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) developed this survey to help monitor and assess the situation of family farmers and small-scale producers at global level. The survey will be open from 13 October 2020 until 30 November 2020 and will take place again in a few more months. We plan to continue monitoring the situation of family farmers on a constant basis for many years to

Let's strengthen Food Sovereignty: Produce, Buy and Eat local products

Global Call for Solidarity Action This October 16th, the International Day of Action for Peoples’ Food Sovereignty and against Transnational corporations,  La Via Campesina insists that it is #TimeToTransform our society with food sovereignty and peasant agroecology. We are what we eat. Having healthy food is a basic human right. It is important to insist today, that the peasant way of producing food, in harmony with nature, is not just an act to reclaim

Voice for Family Farmers campaign on air across Africa

In late July, we launched the Voice for Family Farmers campaign to celebrate the UN Decade of Family Farming. This radio campaign aims to raise awareness about the decade, the importance of family farmers, and their needs, particularly during this time of crisis. As part of this campaign, we designed a series of radio spots and a backgrounder with important information. See all the campaign materials here. This campaign was

If you can think it, you can do it: The story of Lizzy Idoko

Young people in Africa should be encouraged to take part in Agriculture. This is a growing sector in need of young innovative minds to help improve the economy of African countries as well as create job opportunities. Lizzy Idoko is a young Nigerian female farmer, who has taken an initiative to improve Irish potatoes farming in Nigeria with hopes to eventually expand globally. Lizzy is a university graduate of History

March for family farmers in DRC

On Oct. 1, peasant organizations in the Democratic Republic of Congo marched in support of family farming. They submitted  a memorandum to the Presidency of the republic. Their requests represented the needs of 12 million family farmers who are represented by three organizations: Confédération Nationale des Producteurs Agricole du Congo (CONAPAC), Union Nationale des Agriculteurs du Congo (UNAGRICO), Confédération Paysannes du Congo Principale Regroupement Paysan (COPACO/PRP), and others. Their request

Women farmers create a cooperative to alleviate poverty

It is called ‘Association des Filles de Séguélendom réunies au sein de la Coopérative Agro-pastorale’ best known with acronym – AFISE COOP-SA. This initiative, which aims to improve the well-being of members, is based in Séguélendom, a village located 307 km from Yaoundé in the Doumaintang Subdivision of the Upper Nyong Division in the East region of Cameroon. The idea of ​​a grouping arose from an observation of idleness in

PAFO: A Pan-African voice for farmers

There are tens of millions of family farmers across Africa who produce food and feed families and communities. These family farmers cultivate their fields, raise livestock, fish and manage forests and forest products. They all have different skills, needs, interests and opinions. But, they also have common challenges including climate change, the need for training, investment and business networking and now the COVID-19 crisis. Farmers, pastoralists, forest managers and fishermen

La Via Campesina : Champion for peasant rights

La Via Campesina (LVC) is a champion for the rights of small-scale food producers, working for food sovereignty and social justice, and struggling in solidarity with peasant farmers, small- and medium-sized producers, rural women, indigenous people, rural youth and agricultural workers to improve their rights. And they have had success. With the adoption of the UN Declarations of the Rights of Peasants in 2018, La Via Campesina found success. But

Celebrate the people who grow your food — family farmers — with our UNDFF radio campaign

The YenKasa Africa radio campaign celebrates the UN Decade of Family Farming and the voices of small-scale farmers across Africa. As World Food Day (Oct. 16) approaches, be part of our campaign, and be a voice for family farmers. Have you already participated by broadcasting our radio spots or other campaign materials? Or by interviewing farmers and farmer organization leaders? Continue to participate by integrating this campaign into a special