PAFO activities in 2013

During this year 2013, PAFO has proceeded with the unfolding of its activities .Such programme fully fits the numerous actions undertaken between 2010 and 2012 and which concern the following thrust areas

  • Strengthening of the organisation
  • Consolidation of the existing partnership and/or widening of the partners’ network
  • Representation at the international level
  • Advocacy
  • Sharing of the information

Consequently PAFO has, throughout the whole year, been remarkably present at the main authority levels where African agriculture related issues are tackled mostly those about the defence of the continent small producers ’interests while it has also been working in the consolidation of the organization.

This above is proved not only by PAFO ‘s participation in many international meetings but also by the organization of its Board of Directors ’meeting.

FARA SCIENCE WEEK- ACCRA, GHANA -15 TO 20th July 2013

The Science week offered PAO an opportunity to assess its relations with the Africa Forum for Agriculture and Research both as member of the Board Committee and of the Institution. Its presence within the PACA board of Directors is a proof of the acknowledgement awarded to the small producers by the community of researchers; this is undoubtedly for the platform a paramount argument  in its quest for acknowledgement and visibility.

PAFO ‘s very commitment to work along with FARA brought him the Forum support in the sending of an important delegation to attend the FARA Science Week which has henceforth become an institution.

During the Science Week, PAFO delegation and leaders led by the President Djibo Bagna made a presentation and participated in a series of panel discussions and in numerous side events. This involvement of PAFO increased its partners’ network.

As a matter of fact, PAFO has been involved by FARA in international-oriented activities.

World Economic Forum-Geneva-Switzerland-10 to 12th September 2013

Thanks to FARA’s financial support, PAFO participated in the brainstorming session on the leaders ’new vision on agriculture transformations together with other eminent participants among whom

Senior leaders of companies, government, international and Donors’ organisations, academia and civil society. During the meeting, the participants addressed the key challenges in the management of agriculture transformation and  shared expertise in order to define new strategies  for the development of agriculture. During the Forum the following insights were addressed:

  • Input for farmers
  • Sustainable productivity
  • Market access for producers
  • Policy and new Institutions
  • Infrastructure for agriculture development
  • Societal impact
  • Financing
  • Integration of Nutrition

The intense brainstorming in which PAFO took part  has  made it possible to draw the conclusion on the necessary coordination of efforts to reach strategies that can really bring about major positive changes in the long term.

It was agreed upon that all the numerous ideas generated by that meeting will be developed and recorded into an agriculture transformation draft that will be later processed.

African Union (AU –Lusaka-Zambia-7 to 8th OCTOBER 2013

The workshop topic was « Strengthening the commitment of the private sector in unlocking of investments to agriculture development through CAADP”. About 50 key actors in agriculture investment and trade were  invited .The meeting attended by PAFO acknowledges the small producers as being the biggest investors in agriculture with more than 70% of the investment and therefore any initiative from the private sector around CAADP must recognize and address this reality. The workshop final statement recommended a strong involvement of that socio-professional category regarding the creation of a Pan –African private sector Institute.

AGRA- Africa  Green Revolution FORUM  (AGRAF) Maputo – Mozambique,  3 – 6th September 2013

The theme of the forum was “Scaling up and Financing of the Agribusiness through a public-private partnership”

Discussions therefore focussed on building inclusive business models and innovative financing models for stimulating growth. Reports from ABfD  was encouraging in view of the fact that the bank has decided to invest on infrastructure development in Africa  to facilitate production and trade within the “ Feed my cow* program.

It must be noted that before the official opening of the forum, AGRA officially launched the African Agriculture Status Report. The report will be released annually. The 2013 edition focused on staple crops. The report highlights and lays emphasis on the importance of agriculture and progress in addressing challenges in order to enhance the performance of the sector.

Land policy Initiative Workshop -30 September to 3 October 2013.

PAFO, as a member of the management committee of LPI attended the workshop on Land Policy Initiative (LPI).As a reminder ,LPI was established in 2006 on the initiative of the African Union Commission, the Economic Commission for AFRICA(ECA) and the African Bank of Development(ABfD)

 

The workshop discussions were organized around three main thrust areas:

  • Validation of strategy, business plan, monitoring and evaluation of framework for the implementation of the AU declaration on Land.
  • Partnership and enhancement in the coordination of members’ efforts to formulate, implement and monitor land policies that ensure a better land security  for all land users
  • Mainstreaming land policy and governance in the CAADP and land governance in the Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).

In view of all that, the participants agreed upon the creation of a centre on Land Policy. The centre’s role would be to coordinate the actors’ initiatives throughout the land scene.

PAEPARD-CAPITALIZATION Workshop-28-30 October 2013-Nairobi

EAFF, on behalf of PAFO organized the PAEPARD (Platform for African, European Partnership on agriculture research for development) Capitalization Workshop. A certain number of PAFO networks (ROOPA, PROFAC, EAFF ) attended the workshop. It was an opportunity for them to become impregnated with PAFO activities, to share experiences from the last two phases of PAEPARD, to exchange on the orientations and planning for the last phase.

At the same time and in terms of perspectives for farmers’ organisations, the workshop recommended a reflexion based on the user’s needs in the framework of the multi-party partnership Africa-Europe-ARD. The merits of such approach have been demonstrated by the EAFF, the Farmers’ organisation that experienced it.

PAFO Board meeting and CAADP Africa Forum Planning-Abidjan -Cote D ‘IVOIRE,25 TO 27 OTOBER 2013

PAFO held its Board meeting in Abidjan on October 25th 2013.

The meeting granted the opportunity to various representatives of the platform in different organizations and initiatives to present their reports.

During the meeting, the Board expressed its worries about the late establishment of the Secretariat and activities of PAFO and consequently it URGED ROPPA to rapidly release the funds allotted to them by IFDA in order to help establish the Secretariat.

In the flow of the meeting, PAFO members also participated in the CAADP Africa Forum Planning.

The Africa Forum of CAADP gave a space for learning and sharing to farmers, experts and deciders form different sub-sectors of agriculture so as to favour the scaling up of best practises throughout Africa  as a contribution to the community development of agriculture and rural sector.

The planning meeting was meant to help improve the organisation of the next continental and regional forums(2013-2016).

PARTNERSHIP FOR AFLATOXIN CINTROL IN AFRICA (PACA)

The partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa brings together consumers, deciders ,the private sector, the REC, the producers and International Institutions (IITA:AATF)  that are involved in agriculture. PACA aims at addressing the issue about the control of Aflatoxin in AFRICA.PAFO was represented by EAFF.

In august 2013, Johannesburg, South AFRICA, the steering Committee reviewed and finally approved the PACA strategy  before starting exchanges with all the PACA community in September 2013.

The PACA Secretariat is developing a mid-term strategic plan focused on the most needed immediate action areas for PACA between 2014 and 2017.This plan will be more broadly shared for partners ‘comments. The objectives of the plan are:

  • Attract more donors to support the initiative
  •   Gathering and posting of information on Aflatoxin in Africa- the secretariat currently runs a website www.aflatoxinpartnership.org
  • The steering    committee made plans to ensure that the management of the project is moved to the AUC. The project is currently managed from the USA by the Meridian Institute.
  • Hiring of more technical personnel for PACA

SPHI –CIP

In September 2013, the SPHI project funded by BILL and Melinda Gates holds its management Committee meeting in Accra to discuss among other things

  • Progress on implementing the project
  • The Future with respect to SPHI Initiative as the funding was coming to an end

The SPHI project has three components:

  • Breeding and genetic work to improve the vines that farmers are accessing (which are disease free and true to type)
  • Access, production and utilization of the vines for markets and nutrition ,focusing on rural women farmers and especially those breastfeeding
  • Design of value chains model for integration into profitable business and inclusion of the private sector especially in the processing and transformation of the root.

During the meeting, the project made a report of its activities. Thus it was reported that the selection work highly contributed to the development of many

clean and disease free vines that were distributed to farmers from some target countries(RWANDA, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria) with convincing results.

It was also reported in Rwanda that the Farmers’ organization IMBARAGA (a member of EAFF ) has patterned with a company  specialised in  confectionery business  and their partnership can emulate in other countries  as a profit-making venture. However a lot of work needs to be done to bring on board the private sector and more so to rouse their interest in incorporating the sweet potato into their business arrangement according to the future of SPHI—it was agreed upon that the project should lay emphasis on intensification.

As a reminder, PAFO is represented   in the sweet potato for profit and health initiative under the International potato centre by EAFF-the stress is laid upon the orange fleshed sweet potato.