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The first report of the ROPPA's Observatory on Family Farming

In 2017, following a long process that has his roots in the creation of ROPPA itself in 2000, the first report of the ROPPA’s Regional Observatory on Family Farming (OFF) was published.

This first report intervenes in a context marked by structural changes such as demographic growth, urbanization, climate change, civil insecurity. These changes impose a new look on socioeconomic models, production systems, and governance of the productive resources at different levels (local, national, international). It also intervenes at a time when the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) launches the second phase of the regional agricultural policy on the horizon 2025 (PRIASAN and PNIASAN of 2nd generation).

It is therefore in a crucial moment that ROPPA decided to publish this report.

This result was possible thanks not only to the collaboration and contribution of ROPPA’s national members, but also to the support from several partners, including SFOAP donors partners, the ECOWAS, the West African Economic and Monetary Union, SOS Faim, Fondation de France, Hub Rural.

According to the report, FF are capable to make important progress and therefore to improve food security and sovereignty in the region. In particular, eight countries of the West African region (i.e. Niger, Mali, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia) improved the results of the 2015 - 2016 farming season. The report concludes that next to natural factors, human action (strategies of the organizations, action of the state) remains determinant. Farmers’ organizations (FOs) need to develop a follow-up and monitoring scheme of the farming seasons in order to reinforce their role in the definition and implementation of such policies and strategies.

The report further presents a description and a comparative analysis of the practices and systems of farmer support and extension. 

An analysis and appreciation by FOs of the main current public policies and their effects on FOs and FF is also provided in the report, together with a review of the main regional policies, instruments and programs and an analysis of the progress in the involvement of FOs in policy dialogue. 

Finally, the document shows prospects for the future of the Observatory.

Please read the full report in English and in French.

Document type: Tools & Guidelines
Thematic Areas: Access to Services, Capacity Building, Knowledge Management, Markets and Value chains, Monitoring and Evaluation, Policy Dialogue
Region: West Africa
Year of Publication: 2017