Faced with the rapid growth of towns and increasing demand from urban consumers, which change the town/country relationship, family farming already strengthens in many places the capacity of a country or a region to feed its urban populations through local production and the reinforcement of efficient short channels. The question to be raised is the one about its amplifying effect. West African farmers and their organizations therefore have a four-fold challenge to take up with their partner associations: guarantee the availability of locally produced foodstuffs; ensure farmers an income on which they can live decently; respond to the requirements of sustainable management of natural resources; influence public policies at a national and international level.
The general objective is to boost local initiatives to increase access to food through viable and sustainable family agriculture in West Africa, share their knowledge and experience on a wider scale and contribute to the documentation on the sustainability of this agricultural model. This documentation should help to challenge decision-makers to take these issues into account in public policies.
The specific objectives are:
- through concrete, innovative action, to improve and secure the production, processing, preservation and marketing of farm produce and to ensure that poor urban and rural consumers have access to it;
- to share among local, national and international actors the knowledge acquired from concrete action under this program, and to draw comprehensive lessons;
- to produce documents and sets of arguments useful to the actors monitoring family farming issues and addressing related political issues.
Source: Comité français pour la solidarité internationale (CFSI)
Illustration Photo: Family farming (credits: USAID Food and Enterprise Development Program for Liberia (FED) / Nico Parkinson / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))