The FO4ACP in the Caribbean Region will be co-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.
Voices of the changeLuiz Beduschi, Coordinator of the Latin American Regional Family Farming Initiative.
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.
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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