When starting work in a new country or when no information has yet been compiled, the situation of farmers’ organisations is “mapped”. Mapping provides background information on the representativity of the different farmers’ organisations, on their position and role in the local and wider policy environment, and on the relevance of their initiatives.
This information is later regularly updated to enable farmers’ organisations and agri-agencies to make informed strategic choices. End of 2009, 39 mappings were completed or planned: 20 in Africa, 13 in Asia, 3 in Latin America, 3 in Eastern Europe. Recent mappings covered Bangladesh, Cameroon, China (Yunnan), Eritrea, Ghana, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Nigeria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan (2008), Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Albania, Macedonia and Mali (2009).
This information is also completed with other information, relevant for the activities of farmers’ organisations: agricultural and trade in the country, third party evaluation reports, internal assessments, legislation, etc. AgriCord has started a country-by-country database. The information is available to the farmers’ organisations themselves, or with their approval.