#FAFO12 - Do you want to learn more about how to support Farmers’ Organisations in developing their business opportunities in lucrative value chains?

Then you should follow the Side Event of the Famers’ Forum on “Strengthening farmer organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa – the Farmer Organization Support Centre in Africa”.

Farmer organizations (FOs) in Africa play a key role to promote new opportunities to maximize their gains in lucrative agricultural value chains. However, these prospects depend on their ability to identify emerging opportunities and to meet the greater competitive requirements. Farmers’ Organisations have made significant progress, but there are still some major gaps and challenges.

The Farmer Organization Support Centre in Africa (FOSCA), recently established by Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), seeks to develop the managerial, organizational and technical capacity of FOs by linking them with service providers that focus on demand-driven and income-enhancing services.

We are pleased to have FOSCA with us here in Rome to lead the discussion on how engage and dialogue with participants, especially with FOs and other key stakeholders, on opportunities and challenges of working with FOs; strengthen their position in lucrative agricultural value chains; facilitate members’ access to better prices and incomes; and promote a more favourable environment for smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Thursday, 23 February 2012 - 16:30-18:30