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Farmers' organizations contribute to the content of second-generation NAIPs

Networks of Regional Farmers’ Organizations (RPOs), which are extended to inter-branch organizations, civil society actors and members of the Gender Group, are engaged in the process of preparing the 2nd generation of the National Agricultural Investment and Food Security Programs And Nutrition (NAIP) of the ECOWAS Regional Agricultural Policy (ECOWAP). After having invested heavily in discussions on the results of the first-generation Regional Agricultural Investment Program (PRIA), the development of the strategic guidance framework for 2025 and PRIASAN at the regional level, Are currently investing in national dialogues on the direction and content of PNIASAN. To this end, a workshop was held in Cotonou, Benin from 16 to 20 May 2017 to strengthen the dynamics of involvement of farmers organizations in the formulation process of the second generation of NAIP.

The workshop benefited from the strategic support of ECOWAS through the Regional Agency for Agriculture and Food (ARAA), a financial agency of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Rural Hub Technique. The meeting was attended by seventy-eight (78) participants, mainly from the national networks of the Billital Marobe Network (RBM), APESS, ROPPA, CORET, as well as representatives of socio-professional and associative organizations Regional organizations (COFENAB-VI, AFAO, RECAO, ROAC, WILDAF), international organizations (Inter Rural Development Networks, OXFAM International), ECOWAS, Rural Hub and resource persons. The Executive Director of the ARAA represented the Commissioner for Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources of ECOWAS.

The Cotonou discussions were of crucial importance for the whole region because they enabled the three networks to adopt a common approach to continue their participation in the development of the operational instruments of the regional agricultural policy of the region. ECOWAS. They made it possible to identify the modalities of involvement of the national RPO platforms in the formulation processes of NAIP so as to take into account the priorities of actions and the visions of the FOs which are, among others, the following: Family farms, promotion of food sovereignty, promotion of the regional market, promotion of the status of the family farmer, etc. As the emerging issues, which are taken into account, constitute one of the barometers of the quality of PNIASAN, the integration of the major concerns of the FOs is a guarantee of taking into account the priorities of the vast majority of actors in the agro-sylvo sector The region’s pastoral and fisheries policies.

In addition, a draft guide for national platforms, branches and farmers organizations (FO) in order to translate regional orientations into national programs to ensure coherence, was presented to the participants by the consultant. This guide consists of four sections, namely, (i) the Guide Manual, (ii) the participation of Farmers organizations and the quality of the NAIP process, (iii) general analyzes and The defense family farming and (iv) the analyzes and positions of the FO on the four thematic axes of RAIP and NAIP.

As a reminder, in partnership with ECOWAS, the three networks benefited from the support of Swiss cooperation for the implementation of a "Regional Program of Support to Farmers’ Organizations (PRAOP)". This program is implemented by the ARAA / ECOWAS and the 3 networks. It was within the framework of this program that the three networks met in Cotonou, Benin, to define the strategy by which they could further facilitate the involvement of their members in the process of formulating second generation PNIASANs which have Currently run in all 15 ECOWAS member states.

Crédits: AK-Project