As 2020 draws to a close, it’s a good time to reflect on what seems like a pivotal year. It’s a new decade, and we are facing challenges new and old. The COVID-19 crisis took over the agenda this year, changing how we work, live, and interact with each other. However, old challenges did not take a backseat during this crisis. Food security, nutrition, gender-based violence, early marriage, education, and
On Dec. 2, women in West Africa gathered online to save the local milk market in West Africa which is overrun with palm oil-fattened milk powder from Europe. They say this powdered milk, sold up to 50% cheaper than local milk, weakens our milk producers. Badly labeled, this milk can be confused with real milk without having the nutritional qualities. This can harm your health and that of your children.
This is the motto chosen by a group of young people from the West region of Cameroon who have been engaged for two years already in agricultural production and environmental protection through a project named ‘Green Hands Farming and Environmental Development’. Launched in 2018 in the city of Mbouda, this project is led by the Common Initiative Group of young breeders, farmers and environmental protection volunteers of the Bamboutos Division,
La Via Campesina has launched The Agroecology Achieves Food Sovereignty Series (AE for FS). This series includes interviews with African leaders of social movements and is part of the Pollinations initiative. The launch of coincides with the International Day of Struggle against Agro-toxics (3 December). Episode 1 is called “Peasant talks for Food Sovereignty” and was made possible through a collaboration between LVC Africa, AFSA, GRAIN, and GAIA Foundation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=earvhSYrbVY&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0tm5vLxfF5ELb–ZcKYsnyhqB0zqHkYvUbO_2TfVvolK7v_fdXtz2G8bU
PAFO has released a report on challenges faced by the Farmers and responses already in place or recommended. The study presents an inventory and assesses the effects of the health crisis on the agricultural sector in Africa, with a particular focus on Family Farms and food supply chains. The continental study report highlights (brings into attention) the extent of the Covid-19 impact on the African farmers and calls upon the
Farm Radio International is excited to announce that our Farmer program e-course for radio broadcasters will begin on February 22—and registration is now open! This online course will help you make an engaging, entertaining, and informative farmer radio program. You will be guided by African e-facilitators and paired up with experienced mentors. You will learn: How to identify your audience and your audience’s information and communication needs. How to design
This module was presented by FAO’s communication for development team to YenKasa Africa initiative partners Nov. 5, 2020.
Read the latest newsletter from the Pan-African Farmers’ Organisation, which includes updates on its current work as well as notes from its past and current presidents. Read it here: https://yenkasa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/ENG-Novembre-2020-_-Lettre-dinformation-N°2.pdf
Aa part of their new project, Support African Farmers in 2020 Emergency “SAFE 2020” financed by IFAD, the Pan-African Farmers’ Organization will be launching a video series called “A week on the farm.” These videos will highlight the work of African farmers on a daily basis, the challenges they face and the solutions they find to feed their fellow citizens in times of crisis through a series of portrait videos.
Rural women in Senegal have commited to take action to address hunger in their communities. On Oct. 15 and 15, the International Day of Rural Women & World Food Day, respectively, women from the two organizations representing farmers in Senegal and West Africa, respectively met to discuss the current crisis. The Conseil National de Concertation et de Coopération des Ruraux (CNCR) and ROPPA (Réseau des organisations paysannes et de producteurs