Farmers' Organizations for Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (FO4ACP)

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Over 18 representatives from 16 farmers' organizations from Cuba, Jamaica, Belize, Guyana, Grenada, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines will exchange practices in Brazil to explore the ground solutions to increase their resilience and productive capacity.

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This activity is part of the Project Farmer Organizations for the ACP, financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and implemented by FAO and PROCASUR with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food Security and Rural Development in St. Lucia.

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The FO4ACP programme continues its progress well under the partnership of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), PROCASUR and IFAD

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The Regional Learning Route organized by FAO and the Procasur Corporation, in which 13 representatives of farmers' organizations from the Caribbean participated, has shared practices that promote associativity, strengthen business organization and facilitate market access

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From August 12 to 19, representatives of 13 farmers' organizations from Jamaica, Belize, Guyana, Grenada and St. Lucia will exchange practices in Colombia to learn management strategies to improve their governance mechanisms and business management

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From August 8 to 15, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and PROCASUR will monitor the progress of farmers' organizations in organizational and business matters.

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Between 22 and 24 May, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Jamaica Network of Rural Women Producers (JNRWP) conducted a series of workshops to train farming networks as part of the FO4ACP Program.

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From May 15 to 19, leaders from various farmers' organizations exchanged good practices and innovations that they could apply to their contexts and the needs of their organizations.

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FAO and Procasur will facilitate the exchange of experiences among leaders of rural farmers' organizations in Guyana to improve their capacities and entrepreneurial skills.

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Farmers' organizations gathered at the Grenada Athletics Stadium to learn more about the FO4ACP program, supported by the International Fund for Rural Development (IFAD), the European Union, and the Organization of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (OASECP)

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The initiative focuses on capacity building and training within the Farmers Organizations for African, Caribbean and Pacific (FO4ACP) project framework

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From November 21 to 26, rural leaders exchanged good practices and innovations that they can apply to their contexts and to the needs of their organizations

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FAO, IFAD, and Procasur will facilitate the exchange of experiences among leaders of rural farmers' associations to improve their business capacities and skills

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As part of the Farmers Organizations for African, Caribbean and Pacific (FO4ACP) project, FAO, IFAD and PROCASUR, organized the 1st National Learning Route aimed to share knowledge with successful business experiences managed by small farmer associations within Jamaica

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At the request of the Ministry of Agriculture, FAO Guyana recently partnered with IICA to host a Gender and Youth Symposium as part of activities that led up to World Food Day 2022

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FAO, IFAD and Procasur will facilitate the exchange of experiences between leaders of rural farmers' associations to improve their capacities and business skills.

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The Farmers’ Organization for African, Caribbean and the Pacific (FO4ACP) Programme conducts policy advocacy dialogue forums to help Farmers’ Organizations in Jamaica

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Family farmers need to be at the centre of transforming agrifood systems, FAO Director-General says

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The FO4ACP in the Caribbean Region is implemented by FAO’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, PROCASUR and Agricord with the support of IFAD, the European Union and the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States Pacific (ACP).

Recognizing the catalytic role that Farmers Organizations plays in improving family farmers’ opportunities to access their rights, agricultural resources, public services and policies, and to access markets, these organizations become the backbone of vibrant and inclusive rural societies. Beyond food production, family farmers’ organizations carry out education, business development, communication, insurance, cultural or health services for their members, arrange childcare and support elderly people in their communities.

The activities in the region will focus on improving the Farmers Organizations capacities to develop their functions and provide the different services for their members, as well as creating an enabling environment at national and regional level to improve the conditions for the family farming sector. To do so, the FO4ACP in the Caribbean is structured around three main components, aligned with the global strategy:

  • Component 1: Delivery of economic services along priority value chains;
  • Component 2- Enabling the business environment;
  • Component 3 - Institutional development of FOs;

FO4ACP in the Caribbean puts knowledge management at the center of operations and each component will be mapping, capitalizing, disseminating and supporting the scaling up of existing and new knowledge and information between the Farmers Organizations in 8 countries: Belize, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, and Saint Lucia.

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Interview
Interview ABOUT Fo4acp learning route IN BELIZE
Pedro Boareto, Project Coodinator FO4ACP, FAO RLC
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Key publications
United Nations Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 Global Action Plan 
2019

The Decade of Family Farming provides an extraordinary opportunity for the United Nations to achieve its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in an inclusive, collaborative and coherent way.

Farmers' Organizations for Africa, Caribbean and Pacific - FO4ACP
2020

The overall objective of the FO4ACP programme is to increase income and to improve livelihoods, food and nutrition security and safety of organized smallholder and family farmers in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.

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