Africa can feed itself yet 240 million people go hungry on the continent so what’s going wrong? Food shortage and insecurity is chronic in Sub-Saharan Africa in spite of numerous natural resources and an agriculture-based continent. Agriculture accounts for about 30% of sub-saharan’s GDP and at least 40% of its export values, and provides approximately 75% of employment, thus forming the backbone of these economies and the livelihoods of its population. One important feature of African agriculture is its size, it is predominately small-scale, with some 450 million smallholder farmers providing up to 80% of agricultural production. That is why the greatest potential for growth is in agricultural production and improved productivity at the smallholder farm level, of which up to 80% of smallholder farmers are women.
Given its broad reach and experiences and in order to respond to the chronic issue of hunger and food insecurity, ACORD, the Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development, developed and implemented a Pan African Agriculture programme aiming to facilitate the participation of small-scale farmer and pastoralist organizations and their members in key continental processes, in particular the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme, the CAADP, and the Pastoralist Policy Framework, the PFPA, to ensure that their perspectives are adequately understood and integrated.
This Pan African programme has contributed to increasing food security and incomes for small-scale farmers and pastoralists, especially women, and has raised awareness on the CAADP and PPF policy frameworks and processes. We will try to show you why and how while emphasizing the lessons learnt and what needs to be strengthened and implemented in other countries and regions.
More on ACORD's work towards food security and food sovereignty in Africa acordinternational.orgacord/en/our-work/a/livelihoods/