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Vision

AgriCord is a global alliance of agri-agencies mandated by farmers' organisations. Since 2007 AgriCord implements the Farmers Fighting Poverty Programme. Over 200 farmers' organisations per year are supported in more than 50 developing countries. Farmers FIghting Poverty is a delivery mechanism established in 2007 by which support is provided to farmers' organisations. 

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Vision

Strengthening farmers’ organisations and cooperatives is a necessary condition for economic, social and political development. The theory of change[1] of Farmers Fighting Poverty builds on the vision that farmers’ associations and cooperatives will contribute to more democratic societies (better institutions and dialogue), to higher economic growth (more and better services and products) and to a more equal and more inclusive distribution of income and wealth (increasing involvement of smallholder farmers, particularly women and youth).

The end of poverty and hunger, starting with rural areas

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Good governance and democracy
Sustainable economic development
Better income distribution

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Organised farmers in developing countries
influence society and the wider economy

 

A world with a productive family farm sector that is able to feed the world, can only be attained by investing in agriculture and in transformation services and by giving farmers in an organised way full participation in the design and implementation of the development path, leading to a smooth structural transformation of the economy without jeopardising the employment and food provision.

 

Sustainaible development

“Family farms are absolutely vital when it comes to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals to end hunger (as outlined in SDG 2) and achieve inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems (as in SDG 12). Raising the income of family farmers is recognised as the key to rural poverty reduction (as in SDG 1)[2].

AgriCord supports farmers’ organisations as vital actors for the implementation of the SDGs. This view on roles and involvement of farmers’ organisations, following peer-to-peer pathways and focusing on their catalytic roles in development processes, is shared with FAO[3]. AgriCord’s theory of change aims at

  • inclusive and enabling governance and policy processes, within farmers’ organisations and facilitated by these organisations (SDG 16 & 17);

  • increased entrepreneurship, access to markets and finance through gender equitable value chains (SDG1, 5, 8 & 12).

  • farmers’ adaptation and resilience to address climate change, food security and nutrition (SDG 2, 13, & 15).

  • improved and gender equitable access to social and cultural services (SDG 3 & 10).

 

 

 


 

[1] For a more exhaustive presentation of this theory of change: J. Bijman, R. Muradian, J. Schuurman (ed.), Cooperatives, Economic Democratisation and Rural Development: the role of producers’ organisations (forthcoming), Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016, pages 261 sqq.

[2] EU Commissioner Phil Hogan speech at ASEAN Foundation, 7th November 2016, Jakarta.

[3] FAO – AgriCord 2016 joint publication “Forest and farm producer organisations – Operating systems for the SDGs” http://www.fao.org/3/a-i5765e.pdf.

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