New partnership AgriCord & FAO: developing smallholders’ capacities to tackle climate change and improve livelihoods
AgriCord and FAO signed a 5-year partnership agreement in Rome on the 27th of February 2018. This agreement is a continuation of a successful partnership since 2012.
Strong farmers’ organisations and rural institutions can play a catalytic role in the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agenda. The partnership agreement will leverage the strengths of the two partners - FAO's strong role in developing policy dialogue and its presence in the field, and AgriCord's ability in building up organisational and institutional capacities of farmers' organisations, particularly related to business development. Both partner organisations emphasis farmer-to-farmer learning and knowledge exchanges as well as south-south cooperation in their support to farmers’ organisations.
Jean-François Isambert, President of AgriCord and Daniel Gustafson, FAO Deputy Director-General signed a Memorandum of Understanding to intensify joint efforts to facilitate the engagement of family and smallholder farmers in decision making and policy dialogue, increase their institutional and organisational capacities and improve their access to markets and finance.
"Farmers working on sustainable farms and farmers' organizations act as catalysts to ensure the supply of quality food, environmental services and climate change response," said Isambert. "Farmers are best placed to find the best solutions to these global challenges, and their organisations have the ability to implement them. At the global level, organised farmers can speak for themselves and collectively defend their common interests. This is what AgriCord promotes."
AgriCord and FAO have worked together since 2012 with focus on the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) - a partnership between FAO, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and AgriCord. It promotes sustainable forest and farm management by supporting local, national, regional and international organisations to meet the needs of local people in Asia, Africa and Latin America. AgriCord will continue as an implementing partner for FFF's second phase from 2018-2022.
Joint efforts continue also in relation to the World Agriculture Watch, an information system, which facilitates farmers’ organisations participation in knowledge production and policy dialogue.