Final Report of the SFOAP Pilot Phase

The final report of the Pilot Phase (2009-2013) of the SFOAP is now available!

The results from the implementation of the Programme vary from one region to other, depending on the strategic orientations adopted by each RFO. Nonetheless, the overall results of SFOAP support can be identified in the following key areas.

Increased management capacity and accountability of FOs: SFOAP significantly contributed to improve the professionalization and consolidation of FOs core functions at both regional and national level ensuring FOs’ daily functions and endowment of key organizational and management tools helping them to pursue their mandates.

SFOAP support enabled FOs to secure staff for their day-to-day management and financial accounting, to develop 32 among constitutional texts, manuals of procedure and institutional databases and 30 strategic plans.

More than 73 training and capacity building events were organized to train FOs leaders staff and members on key priority areas. Also, 51 governing body meetings were organized. Such activities enabled FOs to consolidate their core functions such as professional financial and technical management, accountability towards their memberships, improved governance and transparency.

An example of this is the case of ROPPA that underwent in a process of internal restructuration whose culmination was the renewal of their management team and the articulation of a new five-year strategic plan for the organisation and their members.

Thanks to their improved accountability towards membership EAFF and its members increased their membership on average by 19% over the course of this project. Also in Central Africa, institutional strengthening contributed to FOs increase in the membership, particularly at the level of grassroots organizations (E.g. in Cameroon, the number of new accessions to the CNOP-CAM is 53 federations). Reflecting the increased visibility and relevance of the network, SACAU's membership has increased during SFOAP pilot phase from 12 to 16 NFOs.

FOs as more effective players in African policy processes, capable to successfully advocate and lobby on their thematic priorities. The strengthened capacities of FOs are now resulting in a significant change in terms of RFO and national FOs representation at policy making forums and RFOs and NFOs are increasingly present in policy initiatives at regional and continental level, especially the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) processes.

A result of the SFOAP common to all regions is in fact the improved involvement of FOs in the CAADP process. Be it through greater capacity to analyse and propose policy or simply through improved visibility, recognition and possibility to travel and attend meetings thanks to a more stable secretariat or an increased budget, many FOs have taken part in meetings concerned with the development of Regional and National Agricultural Investment Plans (NAIP / RAIP) within the framework of the CAADP.

With SFOAP support 92 policy consultations among FOs were organised and more than 44 policy positions developed. Regional and national FOs attended more than 96 policy fora at all levels improving their reputation and credibility in policy making processes.

Respective governments are increasingly recognizing them as an important partner in the formulation of agricultural policies and programmes. EAFF was designated by the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) as a signatory to the regional CAADP compact and the EAFF President sits on the Partnership Committee of the Multi-Donor Trust Fund. In addition EAFF represents FOs on the boards of the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) and the Forum for SFOAP Pilot Phase – Final Report 16 Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) PROPAC developed partnerships with regional integration bodies such as the regional economic and monetary unions (e.g. the Economic Community of Central African States CEEAC-CEMAC). SACAU, through its strengthened secretariat, is becoming a more important partner for consultations at regional and continental forums organized by the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU) and FARA. ROPPA is a member of various Task Forces and consultative bodies on sector policies and is a key strategic partner of regional integration institutions such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the West African Economic and Monetary Union and the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel.

Broadening alliances and partnerships: FOs’ are more and more able to mobilize external support and engage in public investment projects thanks to their increased visibility and negotiating skills. SACAU's budget increased by about 20% yearly since 2009.

The number of SACAU's donors and partners increased from 5 in 2009 to 13 in 2011, and the projects is managing from 6 to 13 in the same time period. Since 2009 EAFF successfully lobbied for new programs worth over 1 million US dollars. These programs are the result of EAFF’s lobbying activities that were supported by the programme. At the national level the FO CAPAD in Burundi was successfully involved in the formulation of two IFAD programs in Burundi (the Agricultural Intensification and Value-enhancing Support Project – PAIVAB - and the Value Chain Development Programme - PRODEFI), participates in their implementation and supports the structuring of cooperatives involved in the PAIVAB. Similarly, in June 2010 the national FO CNOP-CAM in Cameroon, signed a 6 years partnership within the Projet d’Amélioration de la Compétitivité Agricole (PACA), financed by the World Bank and the Government of Cameroon. 

Stronger knowledge management and communication. SFOAP enabled FOs to develop peer-topeer support and to share knowledge and experience generated from country-level activities: with SFOAP support more than 113 consultations and exchange visits among FOs members (both intra and inter regions though with the majority of exchanges being intraregional) were organised. Also, RFOs moved from consolidating the capacities of their own organization to supporting the institutional and organizational development of their members. Through RFOs’ technical backstopping, the institutional governance of many NFOs greatly improved, leading to their enhanced credibility and visibility.

At the Pan-African level, the main achievement was the establishment of the PAFO in November 2010 by its Constitutive Assembly, and subsequent recognition of this new representative body at the highest continental level as being the voice of African FOs. In November 2012, PAFO developed its five-year strategic plan (2012-2017), which defines the strategic vision of the organization and sets forth seven objectives in support of FOs and African producers at the continental and international levels. PAFO is Africa’s first continent-wide FO and is an important instrument for rallying direct farmer engagement on Africa's growth and development agenda. Its Secretariat is still to be established.

A new phase to consolidate results. An independent evaluation of the pilot phase of the SFOAP was financed by the European Commission (EC) in 2012. The positive results and clear potential of the SFOAP were acknowledged by the evaluation and led the EC to support a new main phase of the SFOAP (2013-2017) with a threefold increase in funding, with co-financing from IFAD, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD).

Please read the full report including a number of case studies by regional and national FOs by clicking on the link below!

Document type: Programme Documents
Thematic Areas: Capacity Building, Gender, Knowledge Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Policy Dialogue
Year of Publication: 2012