Family Farming

Farming is the most lucrative job

With the stress and money invested in farming and the several reported challenges associated with post-harvest losses, one would say agric is a risky endeavor. It is also known that the reasons most people or young folks shun away from farming to a large extent is due to the perception of farming being laborious, archaic and unprofitable. But the CEO of Okata farms and food processing, Mrs. Mabel-Ann Okata Kwudzo is of the

Cabbage small scale farmer resigned from a high paying job to pursue farming

“As far as I can remember, my dad never had a job, he always worked for himself. He was a builder and a farmer, producing maize, potatoes, cabbage and spinach. He also had a few goats” Mr Mthuthuzeli Gqiza is a small scale cabbage farmer from Goso location in Mt Ayliff, Eastern Cape, South Africa. “I come from a very poor background and I was raised by uneducated parents. There

Webinar: Challenges and Opportunities for Smallholder/ Family Farmers in Africa during and post COVID-19

This webinar will share knowledge, in-depth analysis and best practices of smallholder/ family farmers, fisher folks, pastoralists, youth and women in Africa in the light of COVID-19 pandemic as well as past experiences such as EVD in West Africa, 2008 International Food Crisis When: 16 June 2020 at 9.00-10.30 am GMT/West Africa, 10.00-11.30am Central Africa, 11.00am-12.30pm Southern Africa and 12.00noon-1.30pm East Africa Where: Zoom with simultaneous interpretation in English and

Meet the 22-year-old graduate farmer

He pursued Agricultural Technology and majored in Agronomy at the University of Development Studies, Nyankpala Campus from 2015 to 2019. Obed Sackey has always loved to go into farming even before he went to the university. His interest in farming was so high; perhaps that was why he pursued Agricultural Technology. “I made up my mind to go into farming way back in 2011 when I was very young. But

Welcome to ‘Kamkata,’ an emerging farming village

The village Kamkata is found in the Center region of Cameroon. This farming community is located 160 km west of Yaoundé, the country’s capital. This village, which today has about 3,000 inhabitants, all engaged in agriculture, welcomed the pioneers at the end of the 1990s, attracted by the fertility of the soil. This locality presents an agro-ecological variety made up of forest and shrubby savannahs which favor the cultivation of

CSOs speak of policy, peace, post-harvest loss in statement to FAO Africa Regional Conference

CSO STATEMENT TO THE 31th FAO REGIONAL CONFERENCE FOR AFRICA Honourable Chairperson, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates and Observers, Ladies and Gentlemen, We, the 53 representatives of small and medium-scale farmers, rural women and youth, fisherfolk, agricultural workers, livestock keepers, pastoralists, indigenous peoples, cooperatives, consumers, and NGOs, representing national, regional and international CSOs coming from 22 countries met in Harare, Zimbabwe, from 25th to 27th of February 2020 for the Civil Society

Nyinabwenge show: Amplifying the voices of women for action

Fifty-year-old Ruth Kasimba lives in Butimba village in Kikuube district, a few kilometres from where Uganda’s proposed oil refinery will be constructed in oil-rich Hoima district in western Uganda Like any other rural woman, Ms. Kasimba collects firewood for cooking. It is exercise she describes as physically exhausting but also mentally draining. As a peasant farmer who grows different types of crops for food and sale, Ms. Kasimba could not

Farmers' Voice Radio resources enable African smallholders to access knowledge they need to succeed

On Thursday 13th February 2020, the Lorna Young Foundation (LYF) will launch its FARMERS’ VOICE RADIO initiative. In solidarity with World Radio Day, the LYF will unveil both its new Farmers’ Voice Radio brand and its website. The website has been designed to give away, for FREE, the LYF’s Farmers’ Voice Radio methodology and resources, so that the world’s poorest smallholder farmers—who are in desperate need of information, learning and

WACC, FAO partner to help farmers & communities address climate change

WACC Global is proud to announce its new initiative with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to help build the capacity of communities at the grassroots level – particularly family farmers’ associations –  in using local and traditional knowledge for sustainable resource management and climate change mitigation. WACC and FAO will jointly support three (3) year-long projects starting in the first quarter of 2020: one in Kenya in partnership with

Launch of the UN’s Decade of Family Farming to unleash family farmers’ full potential

The UN Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 aims to shed new light on what it means to be a family farmer in a rapidly changing world and highlights more than ever before the important role they play in eradicating hunger and shaping our future of food. Family farming The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) launched the United Nations’ Decade of Family Farming