Advocating for Family Farmers : 2020 Year-in-Review

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

Practicing agriculture to access the ‘Promised Land’

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,

Opportunity: A week on the farm videographer

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.

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

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

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

ROPPA: Proud to support women, men, and youth working in agriculture across West Africa

For West African farmers, the Réseau des Organisations Paysannes et des Producteurs Agricoles de l’Afrique de l’Ouest, or ROPPA, is their champion. ROPPA is dedicated to building a West African farmer movement representative of all components of the rural world, so pride of place is reserved for women, men, and young people whose life and work are based on family farming systems. To ensure the safety of smallholders and family

Webinar: Rumours and concerns about face masks during COVID-19 crisis

Join the Risk Communication and Community Engagement Group (RCCE) and Farm Radio International for a webinar Wednesday, September 23. Rumors and concerns about wearing face masks have created a great challenge for compliance with COVID-19 prevention measures. The expert panel will discuss how local media are dealing with these rumours and how they are serving their listeners. This webinar will also be an opportunity to share practical tools with members

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,