Empowering small farmers in Congo, Brazil and Philippines: a case study
In 2016, AgriCord has facilitated important exchanges between Farmer Organisations in DR Congo, Brazil and the Philippines.
AgriCord has been working for years to increase opportunities for small farmers to collaborate with public purchasing programmes in various countries. Diverse interventions of the World Food Programme (WFP) and government-led school feeding programmes are central to these efforts. Although attention has in recent years focussed on the capacity of FOs to provide the required amounts and quality to such programmes, agri-agencies have pointed out that the bureaucratic procedures of multilateral organisations are a significant obstacle to FO participation. The agri-agencies are well positioned to discuss these issues with multilateral institutions and national governments and, at the same time, to support FOs to participate in these programmes.
In 2016, the facilitation of farmers’ organisations contacts with the WFP resulted in a contract between FOs in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and the P4P programme of the WFP. In the Philippines, important exchanges have been facilitated between Brazilian and Philippine FOs and the national government setting up a public purchases programme, to take stock of lessons learnt in the Brazilian Fame Zero programme. The approaches have huge potential for scaling up over several countries and continents.