Family Farming

A young Ghanaian woman earning a living from shea products

Rita Adibamoli is a 24-year-old Ghanaian woman from Kasena Nankana Abarjawe district of Ghana who has made a good livelihood from soap-making with shea product. In Kasena Nankana Baobab Cooperative Union (KANBAOCU), FAO’s Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) initiative funded a training for young people to develop skills in making soap from shea and to encourage entrepreneurship. This is how Rita gained the knowledge and interest to use soap making

FAO to hold UNDFF Event on Resilient and Sustainable Food Systems

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is co-organizing a side-event entitled, “Implementing the UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) to face COVID-19 and achieve resilient and sustainable food systems” on February 10, 13:00 (CET) under the 47th Committie on World Food Security (CFS) Event. The event will recognize the UNDFF  as a framework for countries to develop public policies and investments to support family farming from a holistic perspective, thus

Women virtually march to ECOWAS to save local milk in West Africa

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.

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.

Rural women's statement on zero hunger mission

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

Event: Innovations and successes of African farmer-led businesses and SMEs

Join the PAFO – COLEACP INNOVATION SERIES. The first session 19th November 2020, 12h00-14h00 (GMT) To improve production, processing and trade it is critical to assess, showcase and upscale existing innovations created or adopted by Farmers Organizations and SMEs. The first session – 19th November 2020, 12h00-14h00 (GMT) – will present successful African cooperatives, SMEs and enterprises on value-added and branded products which increase opportunities in more lucrative markets. Join

The UN has designated 2019 to 2028 as the Decade of Family Farming. The YenKasa Africa initiative has designed a radio campaign to celebrate family farmers. As part of this campaign, we developed radio spots celebrating family farmers, particularly women and youth. Learn more about the campaign here: https://yenkasa.org/voice-for-family-farmers-campaign-on-air-across-africa/

FF-SPAK, a YenKasa Africa partner in Kenya, translated these spots into Swahili for use by partner radio stations.

To read the text of the radio spots in English or French, go to: http://scripts.farmradio.fm/radio-resource-packs/undff-radio-campaign/radio-spots-undff-part-one/

This resource was supported by YenKasa Africa, with funding from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. YenKasa Africa is a platform to enhance knowledge and experience sharing to support agriculture and rural development in sub-Saharan Africa.

Farm Radio International is a communication partner for the UN Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 in Africa.

Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/farmradio/sets/voice-for-family-farmers-radio-spots-swahili

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

Discover AgroLight Market, the place where supply meets demand

It is an online market, created early June 2020. The young startupper, Gnepa-Joël Anani, French entrepreneur of Ivorian origin and Founder of AgroLight SARL, thus sees his dream come true through the creation of a new department to promote organic urban agriculture, his specialty. Strongly committed to agriculture, he noticed after eight years of hard work in the production, processing, consulting, project monitoring and import export of agricultural equipments, that

Covid-19, the game changer

From a media personnel to an entrepreneur and now farmer, Tshinandala Khangale (VhaVenda) was born and bred in Venda, Limpopo province. He is a journalism graduate who further studied a post graduate diploma in TV production. He has worked for different media houses and some government departments until he decided to start his own business. He started a leisure and entertainment business and worked as a director. The business had