Collectif Stratégies Alimentaires
History and Mandate
Collectif Stratégies Alimentaires (CSA), translated in English as Collective for Food Strategies, was founded in 1984 at the initiative of several development NGOs to carry out an awareness-raising campaign on food sovereignty. CSA quickly became involved in the support of farmers’ organisations, acting in solidarity between the FOs of the North and South and the orientation of agricultural and commercial policies. In 2010, CSA was mandated by the FWA (Walloon Federation of Agriculture) to became part of AgriCord as their agri-agency.
The objective of the CSA is to strengthen agricultural and rural organisations and to contribute, in all regions, to the promotion of agri-food and trade policies to achieve food security through balanced and sustainable agricultural and rural development.
Vision and Approach
For CSA, agriculture is vital for all populations, primarily as a source of food but also because it constitutes the main activity of a major part of the population in developing countries.
CSA aims to reorient agricultural and trade policies and to strengthen agricultural and peasant farmer organisations, seen as the driving forces behind sustainable agriculture, thanks to research into the viability of family farming. A better distribution of burdens, responsibilities and benefits between men and women is a key issue in relation to the sustainability of family farms and their organisations.