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National Coordinating Organisation for Farmer Associations of the Gambia (NACOFAG)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Contacts

Address of the organisation: PO Box 5095, Brikama NEMA, Kombo Central, West Coast Region, The Gambia

General e-mail address:nacofag100@hotmail.com, alieu_sowe007@yahoo.com, musowe@hotmail.com

Phone number:  +220 7773248 / 7779959

Name of the President or elected Chairperson:Mr. Musa SOWE

E-mail address of the President or elected Chairperson:musowe@hotmail.com

Phone number of the President or elected Chairperson: +220 7779959/ +220 6220026

Name of the Secretary, Manager or Chief Executive Officer (CEO): Mr. Alieu SOWE

E-mail address of the Secretary, Manager or CEO: alieu_sowe007@yahoo.com

Phone number of the Secretary, Manager or CEO: +220 7773248/ +220 6773248

Social Media: Facebook

 

Geographical coverage

Geographical coverage: National. All 7 administrative agricultural regions of the Gambia.

 

Foundation and nature of the organisation

Date of creation: 3 March 2000

Context of creation: NACOFAG was established by representatives of 11 major federations from different sectors of agriculture across the country.

Legal status: NACOFAG is a network of farmers and producer organizations recognized by the Gambia Government as a self-help institution to coordinate farmers and producers organizations’ activities in order to ensure their active and effective participation in nation building. It is registered with the number 566/2005.

  

MEMERSHIP

Member organisations

Number of member organisations (for Unions or Federations): 16 (as of last Congress in August 2016)

Type of member organisations: federations, community based organizations (CBOs), community forest committees (CFCs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs)

Name of main member organisations:

  •  Association Farmer Educator and Trade (AFET);
  • National Farmer Platform Gambia(NFPG);
  • National Youth Association for Food for Security (NaYAFS),
  • National Women Farmer Association (NAWFA)
  • FANDEMA Farmer Association
  • Association of Sahalian Women Again Drought and Hunger (REFESA)
  • FISH Smokers’ Association
  • Livestock Owners Association
  • Maize Growers’ Association
  • National Food Processors
  • All Gambia Forestry Platform
  • Sheppard and cattle farmers Association
  • Rice Farmers Association
  • Freedom from Hunger Campaign.
  • National Women Farmers’ Association (NAWFA)
  • National Cashew 

Individual farmers members

Number of individual farmers/rural producers members:176,569 as of December 2015

Type of members: Crop farmers, Vegetable Growers, Livestock Farmers, Fisheries, Food Processors, Youth and Women Farmers, Forest and Aqua-culture

Number of individual women farmers/rural producers members: 47,676

 

GOVERNANCE AND STRUCTURE

Governing Bodies:The General Congress, the General Assembly, the National Executive Board, the Coordinating Office (Secretariat), the Women’s Wing, the Youth Wing.

Organization: The structure of NACOFAG is based on the structure of the member federations emanating from the village, districts, regional and national levels.

 

OBJECTIVES AND MISSION

Strategic plan:The strategic plan of NACOFAG (expected to end in December 2016), comprehends the following main strategic axes: (i) Capacity building and institutional strengthening for both NACOFAG as a network and the member federations; (ii) Concentrating on family farming promotion and reviving it locally in the Gambia; (iii) Promoting and strengthening economic initiatives mainly for income generation and food security; (iv) Supporting the empowerment of women and youth in food security and income generation through capacity building in the form of training and advocacy, processing and marketing of products; (v) Engaging in policy dialogue; (vi) Partnership building and advocacy initiatives.

Objective/s of the FO:

·       To promote and defend the values of an efficient and sustainable small holder agriculture;

·       To promote solidarity and regional integration among farmers’ organizations;

·       To build and reinforce the capacities of its members for effective participation in lobbying and advocacy;

·       To protect and reinforce the family farm concept;

·       To promote food sufficiency and sovereignty.

Mission and Vision of the FO:  Vision: By 2020 peasants and producer organizations have food security and are self-sufficient and have sovereignty through an effective coordination and communication mechanism. Mission: To reinforce and protect the interest of peasants and producer organizations with an enabling policy to guide the welfare of the members. Values: Solidarity, coalition and networking

 

AREAS OF INTERVENTION AND ACTIVITIES

Main areas/sectors of intervention: Capacity Building, Lobbying and Advocacy, Women and Youth empowerment, Policy dialogue and partnership building.

Main activities:

Capacity Building

  • Training of Trainers (ToT) on strategies and proposal development;
  • Training of post-harvest loss;
  • Training on forest and farm management practices;
  • Training on family farming initiatives (pros &cons).

Lobbying and Advocacy. NACOFAG advocates for the involvement of farmers’ organization in policy formulation, implementation and monitoring, and it participates in policy fora and decision making processes. For example, NACOFAG was/is engaged in advocacy and sensitization actions at the grassroots level in relation to the Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy (ANR), the National Seed policy and land laws of the Gambia, the Gambia National Agriculture Investment Plan (GNAIP). Gender mainstreaming is also at the core of their policy engagement.

Women and Youth empowerment

  • Promotion of economic initiatives of the farmers bearing in mind youth and women in production, processing and value addition and marketing;
  • Enterprise development of the youth through micro-credit schemes and agricultural business development; promotion of agro-ecology and agro-forestry development focusing more on climate resilience and indigenous knowledge, and increase the business development of  women on livestock (small ruminants), poultry farming;
  • Conduct of advocacy on women and Youth access and ownership to productive lands;
  • Conduct of study missions (tours) both nationally and internationally on best practices towards food self-sufficiency and income generations.

Main products of members: crops such as groundnuts, cereal such as early millet, maize and sorghum, livestock, fisheries, food processors, cashew producer, and fruit trees such as mangoes and oranges.

 

PARTNERSHIP

Main partners: Agence Française de Développement (AFD), AgriCord, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), European Union (EU), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Inter-Reseaux,the Ministry of Agriculture, Swiss Development Agency (SDC),UNHABITAT, among others.

Main projects:

  • Support to Farmers’ Organisations in Africa Programme (SFOAP) (2013-2017) (IFAD, EU, SDC, AFD financing), a capacity building programme supporting the institutional development of farmers’ organisations. NACOFAG participates in the SFOAP as a member of theReseau des Organisations Payasannes et de Producteurs de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (ROPPA);
  • Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) (2014-2017), funded by the FAO and aiming to promote sustainable forest and farm management by supporting local, national, regional and international organizations and platforms for effective engagement in policies and investments that meet the needs of local people;
  • Support to Land Governance and Tenure System in the Gambia by the Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale (IPAR) (2013- 2016) focusing on training and awareness creation of farmers organizations at the grassroots level.

Membership in other organisations: Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), Center for indigenous knowledge in Ghana (COMPASS), La Via Campesina A, ROPPA, World Fisher Folk and Fish Harvesters (WFF) and

 

MAIN SOURCES OF INFORMATION, PUBLICATIONS AND KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTS

  • NACOFAG, Successful experiences of sustainable agriculture focus on Commercialization The Gambia Experience, 2013. Available here;
  • ROPPA website;
  • The Point News Paper Website;
  • Standard News Paper Website;
  • Foroya The Gambia bulletin.

 

Last update: December 2016