A new partnership on precision agriculture: the PAFO, AgriCord and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation sign a Memorandum of Understanding
On 21st September 2016, during a ceremony celebrated in Brussels at the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States, the President of the Pan-African Farmers’ Organization – PAFO (Dr Theo de Jaeger), the Managing Director of AgriCord (Ignace Coussement) and the Director of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation – CTA (Michael Hail) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the establishment of a strategic partnership supporting capacity development of African farmers’ organizations (FOs) through improved policies, technologies and capabilities.
Under the MoU, CTA and AgriCord will support the PAFO, its five regional members and their national members in collecting and using data on precision agriculture – so-called 'smart farming.' This will help FOs to support the development of inclusive value chains, with special attention to the needs of youth.
The MoU provides a framework for developing a strategic technical and financial partnership that will leverage opportunities for FOs to enhance their impact. It will be a unique opportunity to combine the experiences of all agri-agencies members of AgriCord with those of CTA and of the PAFO network.
To make this possible, the partnership will focus on: (i) Supporting inclusive agribusiness development that will allow farmers to move up the value chain and increase their revenues; (ii) Enhancing the organizational and entrepreneurship capacities of FOs; (iii) Showcasing and up-scaling entrepreneurial successes in agribusiness and technology transfer; (iv) Promoting increased generation and use of data management from farmers to improve access to markets by collective sales and supporting membership registration to provide profiles of farmers to improve access to finance; (v) Promoting smart farming through increased knowledge of precision farming and enhanced business skills; (vi) Establishing partnerships to support the development and adoption of precision farming practices; (vii) Supporting internal and external communication activities; (viii) Building strong farmer-led monitoring and evaluation frameworks; (ix) Developing collective learning spaces.
According to the president of the PAFO, this initiative provides a great opportunity for the five networks members of the PAFO to collaborate and use reliable data for an improved production. In line with the above, the president of the Plateforme Sous-Régionale des Organisations Paysannes d'Afrique Centrale (PROPAC), Elisabeth Atangana, expressed the wish that this initiative will entail concrete actions for the benefit of national organizations and their members through capacity building, particular for young people.
The initial funding for the initiative will be provided by CTA and AgriCord, and partners will work together to find new technical and financial partners, to extend the reach of successful interventions.
To find out more on smart farming, please see the presentation by Dr De Jaeger (July 2016).
Source: CTA, PAFO
Photo Credit: PAFO