The project goal is to contribute to the empowerment of organic smallholding family famers in Africa, Asia and Latin America and of their own international network (INOFO) that can define and manifest the farmers’ strategic priorities.
Funded by IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development), IFOAM will implement this project during a 3-year time period from 2013 to 2016, in collaboration with three local partners: NOGAMU (National Organic Agriculture Movement Uganda), OFAI (Organic Farming Association of India) and ANPE (Asociación Nacional de Productores Ecológicos del Perú).
The objective is for INOFO to have the institutional and personal capacity to support, monitor and represent their Organic Farmers Organizations (OFOs) so that they share knowledge, integrate in markets, lobby national frameworks and participate in international policy setting. More precisely, the outputs include:
- Mapping - The institutional and stakeholder landscape of organic farming is mapped in the target countries
- Institution and Capacity Building - The institutional performance of INOFO is improved, the Organic Farmers’ Organizations (OFOs) lobby their governments for the interest of their farmers and INOFO represents the organic farmers in international policy setting
- Sharing Farmers’ Knowledge - The OFOs are empowered through INOFO to share their successes for improving farmers’ incomes and livelihoods
- Facilitation to Market Access - The OFOs facilitate their farmers’ integration into markets
The project intends to empower organic farmers collectively and their leaders individually to represent their interest to national and international institutions and to support those in recognizing the genuine positions of the smallholding farmers.
IFAD-INOFO Capacity Building Program
One of the core activities is the IFAD-INOFO Capacity Building Program, targeted at representatives of organic farmers’ organizations (OFOs) in Africa, Latin America and Asia and at present and future organic farmer leaders. The program will guide them through a two-year on the job capacity building process. The English program was launched in July 2014 during a one-week training session in Bangalore, India. The Spanish program was launched in October 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. At the same venue during the same time, the English group proceeded with their second training session, enjoying some joint sessions with the Spanish group. The training was topped with the INOFO General Assembly on October 12 and the attendance of the Organic World Congress 2014, both held in Istanbul. To find out more about the Capacity Building Program you can read through the Call for Participants in English or Español.
To see more photos from the Capacity Building Program please click here for impressions from the India training session, and here for impressions from the Turkey training session.
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