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A new programme in support of Farmers' Organizations

The implementation of activities of the SFOAP Main Phase is scheduled to end by December 2018. In this context, representatives of African Farmers’ Organizations (FOs) held consultations with IFAD and the European Commission (EC) from the 31st January to the 2nd February 2018 in Rome, in order to discuss how (and if) to continue the support provided to FOs in Africa.

During these consultations, the EC and IFAD renewed their interest to continue the collaboration with and the support to African FOs, so far promoted under the aegis of the SFOAP and Farmers Fighting Poverty / Africa of AgriCord.

The process for the conceptualizing and defining the terms of a new programme is led by African FOs themselves in close collaboration with AgriCord and IFAD together with EC and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Secretariat.

Following the meeting in Rome, regional FOs organized consultations with their members, to define the main elements of the new programme.  Further, all stakeholders (IFAD, regional FOs, AgriCord, EC and ACP Secretariat) met in Brussels on 12-15 March to agree on the overall framework and strategic orientations.

African FOs and AgriCord agreed to have one single programme with joint coordination mechanisms at the national, regional and continental levels. Further, they entrusted to IFAD the role of supervising entity and agreed with the EC on the roadmap ahead. In parallel, Africa FOs advocated for IFAD continuing co-financing of the African FOs programme.

 

The meeting was an opportunity for all parties to engage in discussion, exchange ideas and expectations, strengthen the partnership and lay down the basis for a renewed and stronger collaboration.

 

The EC/ACP Secretariat formal internal process for the approval of the financing of this new programme is on-going. All parties are very positive and looking forward to the outcomes!

 

 

 

 

from 12/03/2018 to 15/03/2018
Thematic Areas: Access to Services, Capacity Building, Gender, Knowledge Management, Markets and Value chains, Monitoring and Evaluation, Natural resources, Policy Dialogue
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