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Civil Society Organizations (CSO) held consultations before the 2016 FAO Regional Conference for Africa (ARC)

28 January 2016, Accra - The International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC) visited the FAO Regional Office for Africa from 27 to 28 January 2016, in Accra, Ghana. A major purpose was to discuss preparations for the 29th Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Africa due to take place from the 4th to 8th April in Abidjan, Cote-D’Ivoire. The meeting offered a platform for dialogue and clearly showed linkages between FAO’s priorities on the African continent and IPC’s work.

In a meeting with the FAO technical staff in the Regional Office, strengthening collaboration in the implementation of the Regional Initiatives (RIs) was discussed, particularly around three main themes: Land, Natural Resources Management and Agro-ecology; Small Scale Fisheries as well as Livestock and Pastoralism.

IPC and FAO explored possible synergies in their work concerning the three main themes and reached a consensus on possible areas of collaboration. Collaboration in the areas of advocacy, awareness rising and knowledge/information sharing at a regional and national level were identified as key areas of mutual benefit. Emphasis was made on collaborating to raise awareness on issues such as agroecology and the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests (VGGTs).

The Pastoralists Knowledge Hub and the Family Farming Knowledge Platform were identified as possible tools for information/knowledge sharing. Another key area of collaboration identified was that of facilitating and supporting IPC’s participation (at all levels) in relevant policy forums and multi-stakeholder discussions. Participants emphasized that, although FAO and IPC have a strong partnership at a global level, there is a need to take this partnership to the country level and ensure that the civil society is actively involved in FAO’s work.

Interviews:

-Christopher Mumbi, Zambian Farmer, International Agriculture and Rural Youth Movement (Interview conducted by Liliane Kambirigi)

 

-Boureima Dodo, Organisation des éleveurs et pasteurs de l’Afrique de l'Ouest, Niger (Propos recueillis par Liliane Kambirigi) 

 

 

Contact: Sylvana.Ntaryamira@fao.org