The Platform of African Farmers’ Organizations (PAFO) can now claim to be the only African organization entirely dedicated to agriculture. It is consisted of five sub-regional platforms which are all founding members of this organization.
East African Farmers Federation – EAFF
EAFF is formalized in 2001. Previously, from 1994, the 12 organizations that compose the network (Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Eritrea) have to collaborate and share concerns of their members. Therefore, the EAFF while promoting regional integration of farmers in the region of Eastern Africa has defined the following objectives to be met:
- Ensure food and sustainable livelihoods for family farmers.
- Create a surplus available for export markets.
- Create and add value to products for industrial use.
- Generate social security and solidarity in communities.
- Equitable access to productive resources and sustainable management of natural resources.
Central Africa Sub-Regional Platform of Farmers’ Organizations – PROPAC
Platform of Farmers’ Organizations – PROPAC, founded in 2005. It gathers national platforms of 10 countries in the sub-region of Central Africa (Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo , Gabon , Equatorial Guinea , Sao Tome and Principe, Central African Republic, Chad ) .
PROPAC works at:
- Strengthening its institutional position ,
- Building the capacity of its member organizations ,
- Increase the competitiveness of small-scale agriculture
- Promotion of specific interests of family farming
Network of Farmers’ and Agricultural Producers’ Organizations of West Africa – ROPPA
ROPPA, was created in July 2000 during a meeting held in Cotonou and is composed of the national farmers’ organizations networks of ten countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea -Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo . With the support of national networks of Liberia, Ghana and Sierra Leone, 13 out of the 15 ECOWAS countries are now members of the Network. It represents some 70 million small farmers, livestock breeders and fishermen to which national organizations provide advice, support and other services to promote their activities and give them more weight in the deliberations of overall policy.
The purpose of ROPPA in to build the capacity of African Farmers’ Organizations in order to defend the interests of their members and to influence policies related to agriculture, rural development and food security. To this regards, ROPPA aims at:
- Promoting the values of a competitive and sustainable agriculture based on family farming and production;
- Supporting the creation and structuring producer organizations in each country;
- Educating and inform agricultural socio-professional organizations by sharing the experiences of their members and other development stakeholders;
- Promoting inter-African solidarity;
Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions – SACAU
SACAU has currently 16 core members in twelve countries in the Southern Africa: Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe. The national farmers’ unions federation to which belong all farmers’ organizations of Southern Africa represent farmers on a voluntary basis, as well as those who are self- managed by farmers and without political affiliations.
SACAU has never ceased to promote regional cooperation and understanding among farmers’ organizations and the agricultural community in the region of Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). It supports national Farmers’ Organizations in their:
- Dialogue with national governments and other stakeholders to improve
- the pursuit of farmers well-being and promote the overall sustainability of agriculture in the region.
Maghreb Farmers Union – UMAGRI
At the initiative of the five national agricultural organizations from Algeria , Libya , Morocco , Mauritania and Tunisia, UMAGRI was created in 1989 and reactivated in July 2007 with the following objectives:
- The consolidation of its role in achieving complementarity between agricultural professionals in member countries ,
- Coordination and strengthening of partnership and cooperation agreements in all areas of agricultural development,
- Communication, exchange of experience and consultation between the various agricultural stakeholders and providers of agricultural development,
- Formulation of the opinions, suggestions and recommendations as appropriate to the development and management of the profession in order to ensure the coordination and integration in all fields of agricultural development in the Maghreb countries.