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National farmers’ organisations share SFOAP implementation progress

Five national farmers’ organisations (NFOs) namely Agricultural Council of Tanzania (ACT); Coalition Paysanne de Madagascar (CPM), Lesotho National Farmers’ Union (LENAFU), Seychelles Farmers’ Association (SEYFA) and Swaziland National Agricultural Union (SNAU) met with the IFAD supervision mission from 21st to 25th October 2017 in Swaziland.

 

The meeting, which was held at Lugogo Sun in Ezulwini, provided an opportunity for the NFOs to share achievements made under Support to Farmers’ Organizations in Africa Programme (SFOAP) over the period of one year.

 

In addition, NFOs shared cases and experiences arising from implementation of the project. A visit to one of the cooperatives supported by the project was also made.

 

From the reports received from NFOs, it was clear that the project is making positive contributions to the development of the agriculture sector in the countries where it is implemented. In Swaziland, among others, the project has enabled SNAU to facilitate the establishment and registration of a multi-purpose cooperative that will benefit farmers regarding a number of aspects, including provision of farm inputs at a relatively low price. The cooperative will be able to aggregate inputs demand from farmers and negotiate for better prices with suppliers. The savings that will be made per unit cost through bulk purchasing will trickle down to individual farmers. The arrangement will also reduce transportation cost of the inputs to various parts of the country. This will also contribute towards reduction of production costs as transportation is one of contributors to high input cost. In Lesotho, LENAFU is in the process of reviewing their constitution which will better guide the operations of the union, and has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Lesotho Post Bank for the provision of financial products to farmers. The Agriculture Council of Tanzania is in the process of organising a business-to-business conference for farmers and stakeholders in the livestock industry to enable the stakeholders to meet with farmers and share the type of services they offer and provide farmers with an opportunity to engage with captains in the livestock industry. CPM on the other hand reported that they embarked on a process of restructuring their organisation to effectively respond to the needs of farmers. The thinking behind this restructuring is to reinforce the localised institutions to work more effectively.

 

On their part, the IFAD supervision team commended the NFOs for the achievements made and urged them to increase their effort in the implementation of activities so that they complete the project in time.

 

Please read the SACAU Newsletter to learn more.

 

Photo credit: SACAU

from 21/10/2017 to 25/10/2017
Thematic Areas: Access to Services, Capacity Building, Knowledge Management, Markets and Value chains
Region: South Africa