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A new chapter for African farmers: Collaboration and sustainability

20:33 19 January in News
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In the vibrant city of Berlin, a key event has just unfolded, marking a significant step towards a more sustainable future for African agriculture. The delegation of the Pan African Farmers Organization (PAFO), under the enlightened leadership of its president Ibrahima Coulibaly, who also holds the presidency of the Network of Peasant Organizations and Producers of West Africa (ROPPA), was honored to be welcomed by His Excellency, the Secretary of State within the prestigious Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Development (BMZ) in Germany. This meeting, much more than a diplomatic formality, has paved the way for deep and constructive discussions on the future of sustainable agriculture. The importance of this meeting cannot be underestimated, as it represents a decisive turning point in the perception and approach to agriculture in Africa and globally.

PAFO, a leading organization representing millions of farmers across Africa, carries the voice of those who, day after day, cultivate our future. By directly dialoguing with major political actors such as the BMZ, PAFO has not only strengthened its position as an indispensable interlocutor but has also highlighted the crucial challenges faced by African farmers.

This meeting was an exceptional opportunity to underline the unique challenges and opportunities of African agriculture. Discussions focused on the importance of supporting peasant organizations, recognizing their central role in the development of both sustainable and innovative agriculture. International collaboration, a pillar of this meeting, has highlighted the need to build bridges between continents to share knowledge, experiences, and technologies.

This fruitful exchange is part of a global vision where sustainability is not just a goal, but a method. Strengthening the capacities of African peasant organizations means promoting agriculture that respects and nourishes the land, supports local communities, and withstands the growing environmental challenges.

The vision shared by PAFO and the BMZ goes beyond mere food production. It involves recognizing and valuing the ancestral knowledge of farmers, fostering innovation in agricultural practices, and ensuring that the fruits of this land are accessible to all, in respect of the environment and future generations.

The commitment of PAFO, supported by the backing of the BMZ, is a strong signal for the future of agriculture in Africa. This collaboration illustrates a new era where agriculture is not only seen as an economic activity but as an engine of change, a means to combat poverty, preserve biodiversity, and ensure long-term food security.

In conclusion, the meeting in Berlin between PAFO and the BMZ is not just another event. It is a milestone towards a future where African agriculture, resilient and flourishing, plays a key role in building a more just and sustainable world. It is the promise of a land that continues to give, thanks to the skilled hands and devoted hearts of its guardians, the farmers of Africa.

Fatimata KONE

Communication and Knowledge Management Officer

ROPPA



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