1- Historical background of the establishment
Date of establishment: July, 10th 2001
The creation of CTOP is the completion of a process aiming at regaining control of the Togolese farmer movement by farmers following the disengagement of State driven by Structural Adjustment Plans (SAPs). The birth of the organization is after one year of this of ROPPA in Benin that fortified the willingness to get equipped with a consultation framework having as mandate to represent and defend farmers’ interests in Togo.
It is considered as a professional association. It is officially recognized as association to the law 1901 under the number 1472/MATD-SG-DAPOC-DOCA of December, 19th 2005.
CTOP represents all the umbrella organizations across the country, such as 500,000 members, such as 30% of women, distributed in 17 associative or unions farmers’ organizations covering a sector or territory :
-*Amélioration et Développement des exploitations Agropastorales (ADEPAP) ;
- Association Nationale des Professions Avicoles du Togo (ANPAT) ;
- Association Paysanne pour la Communication des Ruraux (APCR) ;
- Centrale des Producteurs de Céréales du Togo (CPC Togo) ;
- Fédération Nationale des Organisations Maraichères du Togo (FENOMAT) ;
- Fédération Nationale de Groupements de Producteurs de Coton (FNGPC) ;
- Fédération des Organisations Paysannes des Savanes (FOPAS) ;
- Fédération des Unions de Producteurs de Café-Cacao du Togo (FUPROCAT) ;
- Mouvement Alliance Paysanne du Togo (MAPTO) ;
- Réseau des centrales d’Autopromotion Paysanne (RECAP) ;
- Réseau National des Organisations Paysannes (RENOP) ;
- Union des Coopératives de Pêche Maritime (UNICOOPEMA) ;
- Réseau des Jeunes Producteurs et Professionnels Agricoles du Togo (REJEPPAT) ;
-* Fédération Nationale des Professionnels de la Filière Bétail et Viande du Togo (FENAPFIBVTO) ;
- Réseau des Promotrices Agro-alimentaires du Togo (REPROMAT) ; (xvi) Réseau National des Femmes Agricultrices du Togo (RENAFAT) ;
- Réseau National des Producteurs de Semences Certifiées du Togo (RNPSCT). In the service of this network, we have around one hundred of active technicians and advisers within umbrella organizations.
4- Governing bodies
CTOP has three major governing bodies:
- General Assembly : it meets once per annum and is made-up of the 05 delegates per member umbrella organization ;
- A Board of directors : made-up of 13 farmer leaders elected for one mandate of 3 years renewable once ;
- A control and supervisory committee: made-up of 3 members elected for a three-year mandate not renewable. Then, it has two consultation spaces: youth and women colleges.
5- Operational arrangement
At the central level, there is the Executive Secretariat. The ES is tasked with conducting all the technical activities of CTOP pursuant to the Board decisions.
At the regional level, CTOP set up in 2013 its regional offices within the 5 regions of Togo : Regional Coordinations of Farmers’ Organizations and Agricultural Producers (CROPPA) that are units from CTOP at the regional level (extended to the unions of regional FOs not members of umbrella structures/CTOP and has its legal personality. They are governed by the statutes of CTOP and have each their own by-laws taking into account regional specificities.
6- Objective/mission of CTOP
Objective: CTOP has as objective promoting and defending every time the value of a professional, competitive and sustainable agriculture in the service of family farms.
Vision : CTOP has as ambition « to be BY 2020 a dynamic, credible network strongly anchored at the grassroots level and participating in an effective way to the working out, implementation and monitoring-evaluation of policies at all levels and providing appropriate services to its members ».
Strategic plan : CTOP worked out in 2011 a five-year strategic plan 2012-2016 of which the following key objectives are :
- Strengthening the representativeness and governance of CTOP and its member umbrella organizations ;
- Strengthening the capacities of participation of FOs in local, national and regional processes aiming the working out, implementation and monitoring-evaluation of policies and programmes dealing with agricultural development ;
- Supporting the promotion of FOs’ economic initiatives through a better valorization of agricultural, forestry, pastoral and fisheries products ;
- Protecting natural resources, adapting to climate changes and fighting against HIV/AIDS.
7- Areas of intervention, activities and services to members
Main activities of CTOP: advocacy/studies, capacity-building and facilitation of the members’ access to economic services.
CTOP plays a role of spokesperson of the farmer movement and interlocutor of public powers, ensuring advocacies on the following themes : setting up of the conventional measurement units in the selling of crops, funding of agriculture, involvement of farmers’ organizations in the drawing up and implementation of programmes in line with agricultural development, export of cereals, etc ;
b) Capacity-building of members
Through its decentralized institutional device (CROPPAs) and its network of technicians coming mostly from member FOs, CTOP brings a consultancy/training to its members on various themes: governance, leadership, financial management of FOs, drawing up of the work plan, etc.
It accompanies FOs in their process of transformation into cooperative pursuant to OHADA, working out and implementation of their work plan (146 unions of farmer organizations in 2013 and 2014 within the framework of PADAT).
c) Facilitation of the members’ access to the economic services
CTOP plays a role of facilitator in the access of its members to the economic services through the capitalization, dissemination of experiences, participation in agricultural fairs, setting up of the sectors’ consultation frameworks and facilitation of the members’ access to the funding.
Then, it conducts pilot activities to support the agro-food processing of its members.
CTOP is member of :
- Via Campesina
- Framework of consultation and dialogue of FOs and CSOs on agricultural sector in Togo ;
- Many ad’hoc committees : Committee to draw up the harmonized framework of CILSS ; REDD+ steering Committee; Steering Committee of the PASA/PPAAO financial instruments; Steering Committee of the Coopermondo/Italy Funds; etc.
Key partners of CTOP are MAEP Togo, ROPPA, AFDI, AgriCord, FIDA, FAO, Coopermondo, AFD, AVSF, CPCAT, European Union, OSCAF, AVSF, ETD, FONGTO, UONGTO, etc.
- SFOAP main phase (IFAD, EU, DDC, AFD) : 2013–2017
- Support Project to Agricultural Development in Togo (PADAT) , funded by MAEP, GAFSP, BOAD and BIDC 2011 – 2016
- Project for the identification of political and strategic options for a better adoption of research findings by family farms (AGRIFAM Togo), funded by CORAF/WECARD, 2013 - 2016
- Partnership Project between Research and Farmers’ Organizations for the improvement of Quality and a better marketing of products (PROPAQ) , funded by CORAF/WECARD : 2013 - 2015
- Support project to Civil Society and National Reconciliation (PASCRENA), funded by EU, 2013 - 2015.