Mobilizing farmers and producers for rural transformation
Farmers' and producers' organizations are important institutions that deliver services to their members, facilitate their access to markets, and empower small farmers to engage in policy dialogue. They have a key role to play in ensuring inclusive and sustainable rural transformation at local, national and international levels.
To achieve their full potential farmers' organizations need support. This is why IFAD partners with them. IFAD engages rural producers and their organizations in the design and implementation of our country strategies and projects.
To increase our combined impact, IFAD’s partnerships with farmers' organizations are developed and implemented at different geographical levels, in different ways, and through different instruments.
How we partner
At the global level, the Farmers’ Forum is the overall framework of the partnership between IFAD and organizations run by smallholder farmers. Established in 2005, the Forum facilitates a permanent process of consultation between farmers' organizations, IFAD and governments, focusing on rural development and poverty reduction. Moreover, it enables an ongoing, bottom-up dialogue between farmers' organizations from all over the world, IFAD and our Member States. IFAD and farmers’ organizations also work together within other global partnerships, such as the UN International Decade on Family Farming. This involves enhancing farmers’ organizations' development of joint advocacy positions and policy positions on key issues related to sustainable family farming.
At the national level, IFAD focuses on enhancing farmers’ organizations' involvement in the design of country strategies (COSOPs) and projects, and in the implementation of IFAD-supported projects.
In policy platforms, IFAD supports the engagement of farmers’ organizations. We work together to enhance the development of common advocacy positions of farmers’ organizations and their policy standards on key issues in sustainable family farming. Over the past 15 years, IFAD has supported the REAF Mercosur programme that promotes inclusive policy engagement in South America. IFAD’s support to the Eastern Africa Farmers Federation contributed to the development of the East African Community Cooperative Societies Bill, improving regional legislation on cooperatives. The main monitoring tool of the progress of our collaboration with rural producers’ and farmers’ organizations is the Partnerships in Progress report that is prepared by IFAD for each global meeting of the Farmers’ Forum.
Who we partner with
IFAD works with hundreds of farmers’ organizations at the local and national level. They are autonomous membership-based professional organizations, structured on either a commodity or a territorial basis. Their members include smallholders, family farmers and rural producers, including pastoralists, artisanal fishers, landless people and indigenous peoples. And they constitute all forms of producers’ associations, cooperatives, unions and federations.
We have also collaborated with AgriCord to provide technical assistance to farmers’ organizations. This partnership has been instrumental in developing the capacities of farmers’ organizations, particularly at local and national levels.
Technical Specialist, Farmers' Organizations in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (FO4ACP)
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Presidential Secretariat of Sri Lanka will convene a three-day conference starting today to exchange knowledge and experience on creating sustainable and inclusive agribusiness models for smallholders and entrepreneurs in rural areas.
Improving sustainable integration of small-scale producers into emerging value chains is the aim of a financial agreement signed here today between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Argentina.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Cambodia signed a financial agreement today to fund a rural development project that aims to increase incomes for 75,000 smallholder farming households by expanding commercial agricultural markets and developing links between producers, buyers and service providers.
This report is the most comprehensive attempt in IFAD for taking stock of the different experiences in collaborating with FOs and identifying the emergence of regional trends. This provides the starting point for scaling-up and broadening successful approaches in other countries and contexts. The report analyses the modalities of the ongoing partnership over the biennium 2012-2013, highlighting successful stories and achievements within IFAD country programmes and grant portfolio.