Family Farming

Eastern Africa Farmers Federation: Promoting agri-business for farmers in East Africa

For 20 million farmers in eastern and central Africa, the Eastern Africa Farmers Federation is their collective voice. Registered in Kenya, the Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF) is a members-based regional farmer’s organization founded in 2001. It was created to represent, lobby, and advocate for Eastern African farmers’ interests and to build their capacities. EAFF membership comprises 24 national farmers’ federations, co-operatives, and commodity associations in 10 countries: Kenya, Uganda,

The Regional Platform of Central African Farmers' Organizations: An interview

As part of the celebration of the United Nations Decade for Family Farming 2019-2028, we invite you to discover a partner organization, the role that it plays in promoting and giving a voice to these small producers who play an important role in the fight for food security. The Regional Platform of Central African Farmers’ and Producers’ Organizations (PROPAC), based in Yaoundé, Cameroon, is an umbrella structure that oversees ten

Farming is the most lucrative job

With the stress and money invested in farming and the several reported challenges associated with post-harvest losses, one would say agric is a risky endeavor. It is also known that the reasons most people or young folks shun away from farming to a large extent is due to the perception of farming being laborious, archaic and unprofitable. But the CEO of Okata farms and food processing, Mrs. Mabel-Ann Okata Kwudzo is of the

Webinar: Challenges and Opportunities for Smallholder/ Family Farmers in Africa during and post COVID-19

This webinar will share knowledge, in-depth analysis and best practices of smallholder/ family farmers, fisher folks, pastoralists, youth and women in Africa in the light of COVID-19 pandemic as well as past experiences such as EVD in West Africa, 2008 International Food Crisis When: 16 June 2020 at 9.00-10.30 am GMT/West Africa, 10.00-11.30am Central Africa, 11.00am-12.30pm Southern Africa and 12.00noon-1.30pm East Africa Where: Zoom with simultaneous interpretation in English and

Welcome to ‘Kamkata,’ an emerging farming village

The village Kamkata is found in the Center region of Cameroon. This farming community is located 160 km west of Yaoundé, the country’s capital. This village, which today has about 3,000 inhabitants, all engaged in agriculture, welcomed the pioneers at the end of the 1990s, attracted by the fertility of the soil. This locality presents an agro-ecological variety made up of forest and shrubby savannahs which favor the cultivation of

Thousands of youth called to practice farming as profession

3,520: this is the number of young men and women aged 18 to 35 that the government of Cameroon has just called to train in the business of farming operations. The announcement was published on February 27, 2020. This competitive examination is offering young people the opportunity to realize their dream in a chosen sector, not only providing a job but also creating wealth for an inclusive and sustainable development

CSOs speak of policy, peace, post-harvest loss in statement to FAO Africa Regional Conference

CSO STATEMENT TO THE 31th FAO REGIONAL CONFERENCE FOR AFRICA Honourable Chairperson, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates and Observers, Ladies and Gentlemen, We, the 53 representatives of small and medium-scale farmers, rural women and youth, fisherfolk, agricultural workers, livestock keepers, pastoralists, indigenous peoples, cooperatives, consumers, and NGOs, representing national, regional and international CSOs coming from 22 countries met in Harare, Zimbabwe, from 25th to 27th of February 2020 for the Civil Society

FAO appeals for urgent support to fight worsening Desert Locust upsurge in the Horn of Africa

30 January 2020, Rome – FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said today the Desert Locust upsurge in the Horn of Africa threatened to provoke a humanitarian crisis and appealed for urgent funding to tackle the outbreak in order to protect livelihoods and food security. The locust outbreak is the worst to strike Ethiopia and Somalia for 25 years and the worst infestation that Kenya had experienced in 70 years. Djibouti and

An emerging farmer breeds indigenous goats into boer goats

Livestock production is one of the most important activities of agriculture in South Africa.  The Boer goat is a breed of goat that was developed in South Africa in the early 1900s and is a popular breed for meat production. Their name is derived from the Afrikaans word boer, meaning farmer. They have a high resistance to disease and adapt well to hot, dry semi-deserts. The standard boer goats have

Launch of the UN’s Decade of Family Farming to unleash family farmers’ full potential

The UN Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 aims to shed new light on what it means to be a family farmer in a rapidly changing world and highlights more than ever before the important role they play in eradicating hunger and shaping our future of food. Family farming The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) launched the United Nations’ Decade of Family Farming