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EALA MP Roots for Irrigation for Assured Food Security

If EAC region wants to make hunger history, irrigation farming is the way to go according EALA MP Hon.Frederic Ngenzebuhoro (Burundi). The legislator lamented that EAC was blessed with massive water bodies yet continued to experience hunger by largely depending on rain fed agriculture. Using Burkina Faso as an example of a country that has […]

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Treat Local Agri-Investors Fairly; lower Interest Rates– EALA MP

East Africa member States government should give priority to local investors if agriculture is to thrive in the region. At the same time, ensuring an environment of affordable borrowing for farmers is an important key to make the sector transform more lives for the good. Contributing to the resolution of the EALA on the domestication […]

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Malabo Declaration: Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda Doing Badly, Rwanda And Burundi On The Right Path

All EAC member states should ensure their annual budget for agriculture is about or over 10% benchmark of the national budget as outlined in the Malabo Declaration. The call has been made by members of the East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA) Hon. Isabelle Ndahayo (Burundi). She said that Malabo Declaration had important objective of accelerating […]

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Spotlight on Smallholder Farmers in East Africa Legislative Assembly

Domesticating African continental framework for agriculture – Malabo Declaration- at regional and national levels, is paramount for agriculture renaissance to kick off. It is in that understanding  that East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA) wants domesticating the regional framework to be done in a way that recognises the rights and roles of majority small crop growers, […]

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ESAFF Seeks Tangible Progress in Fast Tracking Of Domestication Of Malabo Declaration In East Africa

Individual nations in the East African Community(EAC) have got every reason to start fast tracking the implementation of the Malabo Declaration for wide spread  economic development geared to improve the livelihood of millions of smallholder farmers. The Malabo Declaration is the blue print for the African continent to improve agriculture to eliminate hunger and halve […]

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In the throes of a major drought, SADC Ministers approves the Agriculture Investment Plan

30/08/2016 In the throes of a major drought, SADC Ministers approves the Agriculture Investment Plan  ‘’*Will this save small farmers from food shortage? Ezulwini, Swaziland SADC Ministers of Agriculture have approved the Regional Agricultural Investment Plan. The plan will go along way to enhance agricultural production, productivity and competitiveness, as well as improve regional and […]

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Farmers to SADC Heads of State: to end cycle of hunger for good, here is the way

17/08/2016  Farmers to SADC Heads of State: to end cycle of  hunger for good, here is the way By ESAFF Correspondent Is it possible to end they cycle of hunger in Southern African Development Community(SADC) and it’s Member States? A broad based civil society coalition in a letter to the Heads of State in the […]

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New partnership wants assured quality public services as a universal right in SADC

16/08/2016  New partnership wants assured quality public services as a universal right in SADC  Ezulwini, Swaziland Despite quality public services being a right for all in SADC region, this is more often than not, a paper reality. A new project seeks to change the situation and ensure delivery of public health and agriculture services across […]

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Sustainable Climate Sensitive Agriculture takes footing in SADC

11/08/2016  Sustainable Climate Sensitive Agriculture takes footing in SADC  *Indigenous knowledge, new technologies, knowledge sharing key to success Johannesburg, South Africa Continuous dissemination of diverse agriculture researches  that care for mother earth in the advent of climate change have taken a footing in Southern Africa region coupled with progressive dialogue. According to the centre for […]

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Involve project: awakening farmers’ to their rights in words and deeds across East Africa

17/05/2016  Involve project: awakening farmers’ to their rights in words and deeds across East Africa *The battle to reduce food insecurity By ESAFF Correspondent Building the capacity of small scale farmers in agriculture policy dialogue and budget monitoring has multiplier effects in poverty reduction and needs to be enhanced across the Eastern African Community. This […]

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EALA Speaker signals Malabo Declaration domestication is way forward to create momentum in poverty eradication

06/06/2016  EALA Speaker signals Malabo Declaration domestication is way forward to create momentum in poverty eradication *EALA committed to working with ESAFF, civil society By ESAFF Correspondent East Africa Community Member States need to fully adopt and implement Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) and African Union Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Africa Agricultural Growth and […]

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Hon Bazivamo: there is no excuse for any EAC State to dishonour Malabo Declaration

06/06/2016  Hon Bazivamo: there is no excuse for any EAC State to dishonour Malabo Declaration *Legal commitments to increase agriculture funding should be made by domestication of Malabo Declaration By ESAFF Correspondent Progressive agriculture is what can propel majority of East African farmers to improved livelihood, better than any other sector, including the famed oil […]

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Hon Bazivamo: there is no excuse for any EAC State to dishonour Malabo Declaration

06/06/2016  Hon Bazivamo: there is no excuse for any EAC State to dishonour Malabo Declaration *Legal commitments to increase agriculture funding should be made by domestication of Malabo Declaration By ESAFF Correspondent Progressive agriculture is what can propel majority of East African farmers to improved livelihood, better than any other sector, including the famed oil […]

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Agriculture is a vehicle for EAC economic transformation, Kenyan farmer leader declares

06/06/2016 Agriculture is a vehicle for EAC economic transformation, Kenyan farmer leader declares  By Esaff Correspondent  Its high time East African Community states started addressing agriculture as a multidimensional vehicle for economic transformation with view to empowering small holder farmers. According to a Kenyan farmer leader Mr.  Alfayo Kuruna for the transformation to take place […]

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Members of Parliament want Malabo Declaration taken to grassroots

06/06/2016 By ESAFF Correspondent A cross-section of Parliamentary Chairpersons of the Agriculture Committees in East African Member States have declared that they want to see East African Governments allocating 10 percent of their total budgets to agriculture sector as per Malabo Declaration. Also other commitments in the vital document they want to see them attained […]

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Call to complete harmonization of EAC CAADP compact with partner states plans

5/6/2016 Call to complete harmonization of  EAC CAADP compact with partner states plans By ESAFF Correspondent Completion of drafting and approval of the EAC CAADP compact and results framework to harmonize with East African member countries’ Agriculture Investment Strategic and Plans should be prioritized. This was noted at  EAC Agriculture Budget Summit 2016, that took […]

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Poverty free and food secure SADC: Workshop takes stock of failures and redress needed

17/05/2016 Poverty free and food secure SADC: Workshop takes stock of failures and redress needed *ESAFF beats drum  for regional agreements domestication agenda By ESAFF Correspondent Southern African Development Community Secretariat has expressed gratitude to farmer organisations in the SADC region for participating at a Ministerial Workshop on food security and poverty eradication, that took […]

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ESAFF AGM approves new 10 years Strategic Plan Framework

15/05/2016 *Seeks to holistically trigger increment of smallholder farmers’ capacities ESAFF held annual general meeting (AGM) mid May 2016, with one of the highlights being overwhelming approval of a ten year strategic plan, that will take the small farmers’ body to new heights. According to ESAFF Secretary General Ms Phakoe Mamalefetsane the document signposts seed […]

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a ViaCampesina, Building an International Movement for Food and Seed Sovereignty: An Interview with General Coordinator Elizabeth Mpofu

23/03/2016  Elizabeth Mpofuof Zimbabwe is General Coordinator of the international peasant movement La ViaCampesina, a coalition of 164 organizations in 73 countries around the world, representing about 200 million peasant, landless, indigenous, and other farmers. She is also Chairperson of Zimbabwe Organic Smallholder Farmers Forum, and herself a farmer. and a Board Member of ESAFF […]

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Mr. Wesonga: Agriculture key for food and human security in EAC

10/02/2016  Arusha, TANZANIA  Focused and inclusive implementation of EAC CAADP Compact is the way forward to transform agriculture sector to ensure food security and human security in the region. Mr. Timothy Wesonga, a senior official at EAC Secretariat, Directorate of Agriculture made the comments while addressing  EAC Small Scale Farmers’ Summit 2016, which sought to […]

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SADC “complete” CAAD COMPACT in May 2016

17/12/2015 SADC “complete” CAAD COMPACT in May 2016  PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) is expected to sign its Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP COMPACT) in May 2016. The Compact will be signed as the Community Secretariat has gone through all processes to develop the Regional Agriculture Development Policy (SADC –RAP), the […]

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EAC comprehensive agriculture development programme almost ready for ink

10/2/2016  # EAC CAADP Compact for final brush ARUSHA, TANZANIA East Africa Community Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme or simply EAC CAADP Compact has been endorsed by the Regional Council of Ministers in their meeting in January 2016, it has been disclosed. This implies that the document is by and large ready for signing by […]

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Smallholder farmers: Legal framework for EAC agriculture per Malabo Commitments urgent necessity

10/2/2016 ARUSHA, TANZANIA # Without a legal framework full domestication of Malabo Declaration unattainable for most states  East Africa Community Member states recommitment to fulfill the demands of Malabo Declaration is urgently needed, which would go along way to put in place an improved environment for millions of small farmers to get out of poverty. […]

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EALA committee chair for greater domestication of Malabo Declaration

10/02/2016  # Farmers  convinced Malabo Declaration domestication legal and policy framework way forward     ARUSHA   East Africa Community Member States should heed small scale farmers call to domesticate  Malabo Declaration by embedding it in state’s policies and laws.    This would make implementation of its noble goals more feasible, according to Hon Christophe Bazivamo, […]

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Women Small Scale farmer’s Conference Wins SADC approval

23/11/2015 Women Small Scale farmer’s Conference Wins SADC approval.  #Event said to instigate new thinking for improving  regional agriculture policies  JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA Women Small Scale Farmers’ Conference, a regional event organised annually by  ESAFF is an important platform for awareness creation about women in agriculture and their needs.     Southern African Development Community (SADC) […]

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SADC small scale women farmers want to turn poverty, hunger into history

21/11/2015  Johannesburg:  Need a game changer in the fight against poverty and hunger across Southern African Development Community?     Empowering SADC women is the answer.   Public and private stakeholders should lead the way by drawing and executing agri-investment policies and plans that address the need of small scale women farmers across the region.   […]

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Gender balanced leadership takes charge of ESAFF Zambia

10/10/2015  Lusaka It is not every day we have a gender balanced leadership in the boardroom.  But for ESAFF Zambia, it is a dream come true.  The composition of the board elected to lead the organisation in the next three years is comprised half by women and the other half by men.   Annual general […]

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No more dillydallying: Non-State Actors call for firm commitment from African governments on Malabo Declaration

15/09/2015  Addis Ababa: It’s high time African government walked their talks by firmly  committing to implementation of   CAADP and Malabo Declaration. A coalition of non state actors  has said failure by the  African governments to fully commit themselves to the implementation of CAADP and Malabo Declaration, would end up in unfilled promises for the African […]

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The executive failed us Parliamentary committee laments!!!

22/05/2015 The Tanzania parliamentary committee on Agriculture, Water and Livestock has expressed its great displeasure with the executive branch of the government for failing to fulfil budgetary commitments made in parliament for the benefit of agriculture, water and livestock sectors. The members of the committee told farmer leaders in Dodoma on the eve of the agriculture […]

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Tanzania Non State Actors to engage more effectively in CAADP, Malabo Declaration

23/07/2015  Tanzanian Non State Actors (NSAs) have created a national platform to engage more effectively with the continental and national agriculture initiatives. The platform was realised at the end of the three day workshop in Dar es Salaam hosted by ESAFF and ANSAF with the support from the CAADP Non State Actors Coalition (CNC and […]

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ESAFF joins SADC agri-investment policy working group

07/08/2015 Eastern and Southern Africa Farmers Forum (ESAFF) has joined South African Development Community (SADC)   Regional   Agricultural    Policy   (RAP) Investment Plan Working Group to represent the interest of small farmers across the region. SADC secretariat wrote to ESAFF last June to join the group, and offer that was greatly appreciated, with the hope of pushing […]

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Small Scale Farmers set the tone for Advocating for Pro-farmer agricultural budgeting by Launching the Vision 2025 Budget Mulimi Campaign

23/06/2015  ESAFF small scale farmers have set the tone to strengthen their work on advocating for increased agricultural budgeting meant to benefit small scale farmers in the East and Southern Africa (ESA) region. This resulted in the ESAFF members  Launching the Vision 2015-25 Budget Mulimi Campaign with the objective of strengthening small scale farmers advocacy […]

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Small Scale Farmers’ New Vision for Pro-farmer Agricultural Budgeting

23/08/2015 Small scale farmers have launched a new advocacy initiative to engage stakeholders in East and Southern Africa (ESA) region for increased agricultural budgeting that meets Malabo Declaration commitments. The initiative by ESAFF members has led to the launch of Vision 2025 Budget Mulimi Campaign.  Its main  objective is strengthening small scale farmers advocacy work […]

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Tanzania Agriculture sector budget allocation still far low

22/05/2015 The Tanzanian parliamentary committee on agriculture, water and livestock has agreed that the budget allocation and actual disbursements from the treasury to the sector is still not encouraging. It says it might take time to realise the Maputo/Malabo commitments to allocate 10% to the agriculture sector. The chairman of the committee said the sector […]

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Another woman farmer elected to head ESAFF

24/06//2015 A South African farmer leader has been elected as the new vice chair of Eastern and Southern Africa Farmers Forum (ESAFF).Ms. Flora Maswanganyi,   ESAFF South Africa chairperson since 2014, was elected to the helm by ESAFF Annual General Meeting, held in Tanzania last June, which was attended by  14 national farmer leaders. The farmer […]

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Tanzania Agriculture sector budget fails Malabo test

22/05/2015 The outgoing Tanzanian parliamentary committee on agriculture, water and livestock has lamented that the budget allocation and actual disbursements from the treasury to the sector is wanting, and does not meet the commitments of Malabo Declaration. The chairman of the committee Professor Peter Mahamud Msolla told the civil society that it might take time […]

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African governments sell out their farmers in secret seeds protection deal

09/08/2015  African governments, ignoring the protests of their farmers and civil society, on July 06, 2015 agreed an oppressive ‘plant variety protection protocol’ that will open up their countries to commercial seed monopolists, while limiting farmers rights to save, use, exchange, replant, improve, distribute and sell the seeds they have developed over countless generations. On […]

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AFSA Calls on African Govts at Arusha Meeting to Shun Protocol that undermines Farmers’ rights to seed

02/07/2015 Nineteen African nations, members of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), began deliberating on the highly contentious draft ARIPO Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Protocol on Monday, 29th June in Arusha Tanzania. Many of these nations are least developed countries, the poorest and most vulnerable countries in the world. If adopted, the Protocol will […]

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Draft ARIPO Plant Variety Protocol Undermines Farmers’ Right to Save, Exchange & Sell Seeds

29/06/2015  An analysis by Sangeeta Shashikant (Third World Network) A new draft legal framework for the protection of new plant varieties under consideration by the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) has generated significant criticism and controversy. This legal framework known as the “Draft ARIPO Protocol on the Protection of New Varieties of Plant” will […]

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Draft ARIPO Protocol On Plant Varieties: Whose Interest Does it Serve?

29/06/2015  Sangeeta Shashikant (London): Nineteen sub-Saharan African nations, members of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) will be meeting in Tanzania on the 29th June-1st July to consider the adoption of a new regional Protocol on the Protection of New Varieties of Plant (Draft Protocol). The Draft Protocol marks a major shift from the […]

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Aid donors’ flagship investment deal causing hardship and displacement for Tanzanian farmers

17/06/2015  Millions of pounds of UK aid money have been invested in a project in Tanzania which is destroying the livelihoods of smallholder farmers, driving them into debt and impacting the local environment, according to a new report by The Oakland Institute released today in collaboration with Greenpeace Africaand Global Justice Now. The company Agrica has received millions […]

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African civil society slams Monsanto junk GM maize deal

19/06/2015    Non-governmental and farmer organisations from South Africa, Tanzania, Mozambique, Kenya and Uganda strongly condemn the go-ahead given by the South African GMO authorities for Monsanto to commercially sell its genetically modified (GM) “drought tolerant” maize seed for cultivation in South Africa. According to the groups, there is no evidence showing that the drought […]

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Thousands worldwide march against Monsanto and GM crops

23/5/2015  From Paris to Ouagadougou, thousands of people took to the streets Saturday to protest against the American biotechnology giant Monsanto and its genetically modified crops and pesticides. The third annual March Against Monsanto was being held in upwards of 400 cities in more than 40 countries. About 2,500 people staged anti-Monsanto protests in the […]

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Ghana’s women farmers resist the G7 plan to grab Africa’s seeds

22/5/2015 Sharing and saving seed is a crucial part of traditional farming all over Africa, writes Heidi Chow. Maybe that’s why governments, backed by multinational seed companies, are imposing oppressive seed laws that attack the continent’s main food producers and open the way to industrial agribusiness. But Ghana’s women farmers are having none of it. […]

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Report warns on e-waste, GMOs, biofuels

23/04/2015  On GMOs, the report says development and application of modern biotechnology presents a potential technological intervention with associated concerns to human and animal health, socio-economic wellbeing and the environment. It says GMOs environmental concerns include contamination of crops through gene transfer and the development of “super weeds” that could have a negative impact on […]

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Pesticide-producing GM corn contaminates small farmers’ crops in South Africa

24/04/2015  NaturalNews) As biotech experts have warned, genetically modified corn has cross-pollinated with non-GMO strains of maize used by small-time farmers in South Africa, according to a new first-of-its-kind study. Natural Society noted recently that the contaminant now present in Eastern Cape, South Africa, has essentially occurred due to the hubris of pro-GMO advocates and biotech […]

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Small Scale Farmers Score More on Seed Savings and Multiplication

13/03/2015  Small Scale Farmers Score More on Seed Savings and Multiplication Agriculture occupies a very important place in the lives of Tanzanians as well as the national economy.  Seeds are not only a strong symbol for food sovereignty and biodiversity, but also one of the important elements to strengthen small scale farming communities for food […]

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Is there really a future for Africa’s smallholder farmers? Yes, but it’s not ros

27/01/2015 BY SAMANTHA SPOONER ALL smallholder farmers do is hold up development, it’s not sustainable”, said the development engineer, referring to Kofi Annan’s talking points to leaders at the World Economic Forum, urging Africa’s governments to “put smallholder farmers at its heart”. It was an unsettling statement considering the countless groups and governments that have created strategies and interventions, from technology to market […]

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5 December is World Soil Day!!!!

5/12/2014  The UN FAO has declared 2015 the International Year of Soil. Today 5th December 2014 is the World Soil Day. What do you know about soils? Find out more at: http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/GSP/imgs/WSD2014/WSD_POSTER_EN.jpg  http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/GSP/imgs/WSD2014/buttons/infographics/infographics_en.jpg  http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/world-soil-day/en/  

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ESAFF Making Headlines

18/11/2014 Small scale farmers from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda with support from fellow farmers from Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Madagascar, Seychelles, Mozambique, Swaziland, South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo and Lesotho under the umbrella of Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF) have called upon African governments to uphold the Malabo ambition […]

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Small scale farmers launch the “INVEST IN US” Budget Kilimo Campaign in the EAC Region

5/11/2014  Small scale farmers from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda with support from fellow farmers from Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Madagascar, Seychelles, Mozambique, Swaziland, South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo and Lesotho under the umbrella of Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF) have called upon African governments to uphold the Malabo ambition […]

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Outcry over acquisition of Africa’s SeedCo by Monsanto

5/11/2014  The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) has expressed deep concern on the recent acquisitions of large parts of SeedCo, one of Africa’s largest home-grown seed companies calling it “an inevitable consequence of the fierce drive to commercialise agriculture in Africa.” The deals in question involve French seed giant Groupe Limagrain, the largest […]

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Right to food threatened

5/11/2014  Governments in industrial countries have been accused of regularly putting pressure on developing countries to introduce stringent plant variety protection (PVP) regimes and to adhere to the 1991 Act of the UPOV Convention, without duly considering its consequences on the enjoyment of human rights of vulnerable groups such as small-scale farmers and in particular […]

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Opinion Piece: I am convinced Food Sovereignty will save our governments a lot of public resources

5/11/2014  While I have always had my doubts about the potential of African governments and NGOs to eradicate household poverty and provide food security, my recent encounter of food sovereignty issues proved these doubts and now I am more convinced that it is only when a human being intends to change a situation that something […]

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Scientific Review Finds Lack of Evidence on GM Food Safety

5/11/2014 A research team from the University of Adelaide, Flinders University and the Institute of Health and Environmental Research, all in Australia, has reviewed published studies on the health impacts of genetically modified (GM) crops on rats and suggested that there is not enough evidence that GM crops are safe to eat. The researchers looked […]

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MVIWATA Commemorates World Food Day

5/11/2014  At least 46 percent of subsidized fertilizers do not reach the farmers as planned, retarding government efforts toward promoting agricultural sector, a new research has revealed. Presenting research findings at the commemoration of World Food Day on October 16 2014 in Morogoro, Professor Damian Gabagambi said more action needs to be taken to reverse […]

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AFSA: Towards An Inclusive and Transparent COMESA Biotechnology and Biosafety Policy Development and Implementation Process

23/09/2014 The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), an alliance of African farmer and civil society networks and allies has released a statement on the adoption of the COMESA Biotechnology and Biosafety policy by member states. While calling for an inclusive and transparent COMESA Biotechnology and Biosafety Policy Development and implementation process, AFSA registered […]

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SADC Resources for SADC Citizens

22/09/2014 The SADC People’s Summit which took place from August 15 – 16 at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) in Zimbabwe ran under the theme Reclaiming SADC for People’s Development – SADC Resources for SADC People. The event brought together over 2500 participants from the SADC region among them, Social Movements and Civil Society […]

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Harnessing the SADC Regional Agricultural Policy (RAP) Through Smallholder Agriculture

23/09/2014   Over 60 participants (including female farmers, agricultural social movements, CSOs, NGOs, trade unions, academia, agricultural research institutions, agricultural development experts and practitioners) from across the SADC member states as well as representatives from ESAFF HQ, ESAFF RSA, ESAFF Lesotho, SACAU and CSOs (SADC CNGO, NASFAM, Malawi CISANET, Rural Women Assembly (Zambia, Lesotho, Zimbabwe), […]

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Non State Actors** Uniting to Influence CAADP

22/9/2014 After many years of questions of legitimacy and the need to have a unified voice in the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), Non State Actors are taking their participation seriously and are now seeking institutionalization of their role in the CAADP processes. The NSAs have moved through a rigorous process to form a […]

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AU Malabo Declaration of 2014 Reinforces the Maputo Declaration of 2013

22/9/2014 The just adopted Malabo declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods 2014 was applauded by African citizens as one of the few conventions of the African Union and NEPAD which has been hugely informed by citizens who earlier this year formed a non state actors coalition which called […]

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ESAFF WELCOMES NEW LEADERSHIP

22/09/2014 Following the successful hosting of the ESAFF Triennial General Summit (TGS) in Dar es Salaam at the end of June 2014, ESAFF welcomes its new office bearers. The elected new executive committee of the board (exco) is made of three female and one male, all from different regions in Eastern and Southern Africa. The […]

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New leadership promises to move ESAFF to the next level

27/06/2014 The ESAFF Triennial General Summit (TGS) that met in Dar es salaam at the end of June 2014 has elected new officer bearers. The elected new executive committee of the board (exco) is made of three female and one male, all from different regions in Eastern and Southern Africa. The elected chairperson is Mr. […]

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ESAFF landmark project to link farmers with meteorological services

22/5/2014  ESAFF has embarked on a project to ensure farmers access scientific updates about weather so as to improve their decision making power for farming needs. The holistic project seeks to link small scale farmers in member countries with Meteorological Centers in their countries to enable them benefit from the services offered. Weather patterns are […]

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Hunger: Smallholder farmers want AU Heads of States summit to hear them out in June

22/5/2014 AU commitment to end hunger leaves smallholder farmers in cold  ESAFF has hailed the historic new commitment by African Union to end hunger by the year 2025 but strongly warned that such a cause cannot succeed without the full involvement of small farmers that by and large feeds the continent. Speaking about the AU […]

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SADC seeks to reenergize agriculture sector

22/5/2014  *Civil society demands food sovereignty The Eastern & Southern Africa Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF) has noted that agriculture is the single most economic sector that can ensure more inclusive economic growth in almost all SADC member states than any other including mining, gas and oil. Supporting Southern Africa Development Community stakeholders for developing a new […]

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Plant breeders’ rights: SADC calls for farmers’ rights too

22/5/2014  After a heavily contested protocol and a meeting of stakeholders, SADC has called for interested parties to initiate a process to put in place  a SADC smallholder farmers’ rights protocol. The call was made by the SADC FANR Directorate during a stakeholder meeting on the SADC Regional Agriculture policy in Johanesburg, South Africa. Ms. […]

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Agro-Ecology: the Rich Future of Small Scale farmers in Zimbabwe

22/5/2014  Mr. Ngoni Chikowe is a small holder farmer in Kawere village, Mutoko District in Zimbabwe. He has been practicing agro ecology for several years now. He uses combination of different approaches and practices in farming and lifestyle in general; Ngoni has managed to set pace for himself and other neighboring small holder farmers in […]

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Zambian farmers commend ESAFF support

22/5/2014  Ecological trainings and capacity building done by ESAFF early last year among farmers in Zambia, has started bearing fruits. A cross section of small scale farmers in Zambia have reported a significant positive shift in their farming practices that has subsequently led to improvement of their lives. In a recent field visit conducted in […]

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Tanzania: Indigenous rice varieties fast disappearing

22/5/2014 The government has been asked to come up with strategy geared towards maintaining indigenous rice varieties, which are on the verge of extinction. The MP for Nzega, Dr Hamisi Kigwangala made the call in parliament, during the questions  and answers  session, describing indigenous  rice varieties as tasty, with good aromas as compared to the […]

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Africa to make hunger a history in a decades

02/05/2014 African countries have committed to end hunger by the year 2025. To attain the goal, countries will take concrete measures to ensure good governance, policy reforms and legal frameworks to prioritize food and nutrition security agenda.   Countries will develop and apply context specific and realistic indicators tracking nutrition security, considering the complexity of […]

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Press Release—la Vía Campesina: April 17: Resistance Grows in Defense of Peasant Seeds

16/04/2014  (Harare, April 16, 2014) This year millions of men and women farmers of the international peasant movement, La Vía Campesina, mobilize worldwide in favor of pasant seeds. Since April 17, 1996 (1) la Vía Campesina designated this day as a global day of action with allies and firends. With more than 100 actions at a […]

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AFSA Statement on ARIPO Joining UPOV 1991

03/04/2014 PRESS RELEASE FROM ALLIANCE FOR FOOD SOVEREIGNTY IN AFRICA   AFSA STRONGLY CONDEMNSS LEIGHT OF HAND MOVES BY ARIPO TO JOIN UPOV 1991, BYPASS NATIONAL LAWS ANDOUTLAW FARMERS RIGHTS   Addis Ababa, Accra 3 April 2014 The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)[i] strongly condemns the move by the African Regional Intellectual Property […]

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African stakeholders call for more recommendations to Heads of State

25/02/2014 African non state actors working in the Agriculture sector in the continent have issued joint recommendations to be presented to the Africa Agriculture Ministers during their Conference for adoption. The same recommendation will be transmitted to the Heads of State Summit in July 2014. According to a statement issued on behalf of the NSA […]

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SADC Regional Agricultural Policy: Still a long way to go

25/02/2014 * Successful implementation of RAP must put emphasis the role of small scale farmers SADC Council of Ministers approved the final SADC Regional Agricultural Policy in June 2013 that was later handed over to the Heads of State Summit Meeting held in Malawi in August 2013. The Civil Society organisations (CSOs) were not amused […]

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ESAFF joins stakeholders to register concerns on the approval of seed trade regulations by COMESA

25/02/2014 The Eastern and Southern Africa small scale Farmers’ Forum – ESAFF in December 2013 joined hands with other like minded bodies to condemn COMESA approval of seed trade regulations terming it as a disaster for small farmers. “The regulations turn a blind eye to small farmers and their traditional seed varieties. It does not […]

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ESAFF: Marching on to Promised Land for smallholder farmers

25/02/2014 *New strategic plan for 2015/8 in the pipeline The Eastern and Southern Africa small scale Farmers’ Forum – ESAFF is fully committed in ensuring that the capacity of smallholder farmer is lifted so as to clearly influence policies for sustainable agriculture and poverty reduction in Eastern and Southern Africa, the body’s Chairperson Mr. Moses […]

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ESAFF outlines what must be done to make 2014 Year of Agriculture more meaningful

25/02/2014  * Actions needed: honour  Maputo Declaration, Policy reforms, Climate Change Adaptation, Smallholder agro-financing, The African Union declaration of 2014 as the year of agriculture and food security is a step in the right direction which must be followed by concrete actions for the benefit of the majority smallholder farmers in the continent. A statement […]

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Year 2014: African small scale farmers want to be at centre stage

25/02/2014 If African nations want guaranteed inclusive growth and economic prosperity, the best route to take is agriculture development, led by smallholder farmers who comprise the majority (with their families). This emerged at the launch of African Union (AU) Africa Year of Agriculture (AYoA) as agriculture stakeholders from across the continent called for governments to […]

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PRESS RELEASE: European Farmers Demand their SEED Rights!

22/01/2014 (Brussels, 20 January 2014) At the start of the year devoted to family farming, which is being called on by the UN to feed the world, peasants from all over Europe are demonstrating before the European Parliament on Monday January 20 2014. We have come to reclaim recognition of peasants’ rights to select, preserve, […]

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SEEDS: Can the nation afford the Loss?

23/10/2013 A big debate has risen over the disappearance of indigenous seeds. According to small scale farmers in many parts of the country, the indigenous seeds are disappearing at an alarming rate, replaced by newly introduced hybrid seeds. While some agricultural stakeholders have been drumming up for these new seeds as panacea to the ongoing […]

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SEEDS: Farmers fear disappearance of indigenous seed varieties

22/10/2013 Farmers are reporting that indigenous seeds are disappearing in many parts of the country, causing concern that if no action is taken, many of the varieties would soon be extinct. The observation was made during a three-day workshop convened in Dar es Salaam over the weekend to discuss the inclusion of small scale farmers […]

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SEEDS: Why Local Seeds are Best for Us!

21/10/2013 Small scale farmers are worried of disappearance of local seeds which in recent years, are gradually being replaced by conventional hybrid. Our reporter GERALD KITABU caught up with local seed producer from Mbozi district, Mbeya region, Amasha Mwashiuya during the Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF) workshop held in Dar es […]

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AFSA Condemns COMESA’s Approval of Seed Trade Regulations

30/09/2013 The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) has strongly condemned the approval of the draft COMESA Seed Trade Harmonization Regulations, in September 2013, by the Council of Ministers of the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA). The COMESA seed regulations which are set to be binding on all COMESA Member States […]

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AGRA, G8 Blamed for Attacking Africa’s Food Sovereignty

16/08/2013     A recent meeting of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) held from 12th to 16th August 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia blamed, among others, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the G8’s “New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition” for strongly promoting the interests of the […]

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Jubilant MVIWATA Marks 20 years’ Anniversary

26/07/2013 MVIWATA, Tanzania’s National Network of Farmers Groups this July marked its 20 years of existence in jubilation. The four-day-long event that took place in Morogoro, MVIWATA’s home-town in Eastern Tanzania, from 23rd through 26th July brought together around 2,000 farmers and farmer group leaders from all the over the country. The event was marked by three main activities: […]

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INSARD: More Small-Farmers’ Voices in ARD

13/09/2013 Tanzanian small-holder farmers have demanded more of their voices to be heard and be accorded a bigger role in the setting and implementing the Agricultural Research agenda in Tanzania. Their concerns surfaced during recent field visits done by ESAFF in several parts of the Country, as part of the INcluding Small Scale Farmers in […]

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ESAFF Widens Doors for Youth Participation!

10/09/2013 ESAFF has embarked on a mission that will finally see more youths in the region participate, not only in Agriculture, but also in leadership of farmer organizations and groups in the Eastern and Southern Africa region from grassroots to regional level. The move comes after a recent Study commissioned by the Eastern and Southern […]

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GOVERNANCE: ESAFF Holds Board Week in Dar es Salaam!

26/08/2013 The ESAFF Board WEEK has kicked off in Dar es Salaam today Monday, 26th August 2013. The four-day long session that will run until Thursday 29th August, will cover different issues including receving reports from Member Countries on how they have implemented their activities so far; Sharing Success Stories among members, Challenges and Lessons […]

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UNHRC – Working group on peasants’ rights holds first session

    16/07/2013   Geneva, 12 Jul (Kanaga Raja) — An open-ended intergovernmental working group, which has been mandated to negotiate and finalise a draft United Nations declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas, will be holding its first session here from 15-19 July.   The working group, which […]

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Small scale farmers in Uganda shows concern over the new budget

30/06/2013 • Call for seriousness to increase government spending into the sector • Appreciates the government’s move to reform the National Agricultural Advisory Service (NAADs). Small scale farmers in Uganda are not happy that the government of Uganda had chosen to increase taxation on water, kerosene and motorcycle licences. They say these are some of […]

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MVIWATA to celebrate 20th anniversary of existence

30/06/2013 A largest network of small scale farmer groups in Tanzania, MVIWATA, is celebrating its 20thanniversary since it was established in 1993. The event will be graced by the President of Tanzania, Hon. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwette According to MVIWATA executive director Mr. Stephen Ruvuga, more than 1,000 members drawn from small scale farmer groups in […]

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Call to repeal bio-technology law in Tanzania misplaced

20/06/2013 *Robust debate and awareness about GMOs priority DODOMA –There is need for robust debate in Tanzania about the usage of genetic engineering technology for agriculture development, according to the Parliamentary Committee for Agriculture, livestock and Water.   This came out following a seminar that was attended by a cross-section of the committee members, lawyers […]

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Zimbabwe selected to host international movement of peasant organization

19/06/2013 Harare- One of the founder members of ESAFF- Zimbabwe Small Organic Farmers Forum (ZIMSOFF),  has been selected as the new host of the La via Campesina Intrenational Operational Secretariat as from May 2013. The La Via Campesina (from Spanish la vía Campesina, the campesino way, or the Peasants Way) is an international movement which […]

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ESAFF joins the rest of Africa in condemning G8 Hunger summit

16/06/2013 57 farmer and civil society organizations from 37 countries across Africa have slammed G8 “HUNGER SUMMIT” as a new wave of colonialism or corporate takeover of agriculture and land, which may increase hunger. A statement issued by the civil society, which ESAFF vice chairperson Elizabeth Mpofu also co-signed says that “at the heart of […]

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ESAFF vows youthful, gender balanced leadership key to future

  01/06/2013 To strengthen ESAFF for the future recruitment of more youthful  and gender balanced leadership in the next  Triennial General Summit (TGS) will be a major focus. As the body prepares the Summit, members have vowed to embrace youthful and gender balanced leadership. Speaking at the end of the Annual general meeting (AGM) week […]

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SADC regional agriculture policy making process: Small scale farmers seek meaningful participation

01/06/2013 Johannesburg: The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) has been asked to ensure that small scale farmers are involved in the regional agriculture policy (RAP) making processes before it is adopted. The move will ensure smooth future implementation contrary to many regional policies that are rarely known by the people, policy makers and the media. […]

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The Southern Africa Trust (SAT) roots for improved rural agricultural financing

The Southern Africa Trust (SAT) roots for improved rural agricultural financing 01/06/2013 Maputo – The smallholder farmer in Africa is in dire need of alternative source of financing as the traditional platforms are not working properly to liberate the famer. According to Elizabeth Mprofu, the East and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers Forum (ESAFF) Vice […]

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Project seeks to harness the power of small scale farmer to enhance food security

01/05/2013 Dar es salaam: Three civil society organizations have joined hands to implement a 1.8 Million Euro project that seeks greater farmer engagement in enhancing food security in East Africa. ESAFF, MVIWATA and GRET are implementing the project, which is 80% funded by the European Union (EU) for 42 month.  The project was launched last […]

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CAADP compact: ESAFF calls for more involvement

01/05/2013 Addis Ababa ESAFF has underlined the need to involve all stakeholders in the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) process before signing the CAADP compact. At the same time ESAFF want stakeholders to have a clear understanding of the Compact and what it entails.  The assertion came about when ESAFF attended the  9th CAADP […]

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STATEMENT BY CIVIL SOCIETY IN AFRICA: MODERNISING AFRICAN AGRICULTURE: WHO BENEFITS?

26/04/2013 26th May 2013, Dar es salaam, Tanzania. On 26th May 2013, ESAFF farmer leaders in their AGM in Dar es salaam appended their signatures on the Civil Society organisations statement on various initiatives on agriculture in Africa. The statement is attached below; African agriculture is in need of support and investment. Many initiatives are […]

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Vacancy, Program Officer Networking, Communication and IT

25-03-2013 The Eastern and Southern Africa small scale Farmers’ Forum– ESAFF, is a network of small holder farmers that advocate for policy, practice and attitude change that reflects the needs, aspirations, and development of small-scale farmers in eastern and southern Africa. ESAFF works with its members in Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Madagascar, […]

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Call For Consultancy

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EU supports small scale farmers to strengthen their policy positions in EAC

07/03/2013 The Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmer Forum (ESAFF), The Networks of Small Scale framer Groups in Tanzania(MVIWATA) and Professionals for farir Development of France (GRET) are honoured to invite you to the official launching ceremony of the EU funded project titled Involving small scale farmers in policy dialogue and monitoring for improved […]

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The GMO push in Africa is a Trojan horse for political control

28/2/2013 Interview with PRESS TV http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/02/15/289100/west-moves-to-make-africa-fooddependent/ In the background of this, GMO (genetically modified organisms), a farming technology that promises hardier crops to cope with Africa’s harsh weather conditions is being relentlessly lobbied to African governments by Western multinationals and international institutions as a pill to solve hunger problems in Africa. Kenya recently announced it […]

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EU supports 1.4 million EURO to small scale farmer in East Africa

5/2/2013  The European Commission has granted 1.4 million Euro to support small scale farmers in East Africa. The funds will help involvement in policy dialogue and monitoring for improved food security in the region. The support that runs for 3 and half years is expected to be officially launched in Dar es salaam, Tanzania on […]

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Southern Africa Trust weighs in 900,000 ZAR support to ESAFF members in southern Africa

2/2/2013  Members of ESAFF in Southern Africa will benefit from the support of 900,000 Rands from the Southern Africa Trust, (SAT).  Under the project Strengthening organisational and technical capacity of smallholder farmers to hold  SADC and member states accountable for sustainable agriculture and food security in Southern  Africa. Through the project ESAFF will work with […]

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Regional CSOs raise concerns over AGRA

25/102012  Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), that support and represent the interests of smallholder farmers and livestock keepers eight (8) countries in Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) recently issued a statement explain their concerns on AGRA movement and its consequence o food sovereignty and the rights of smallholder farmers. The part of the statement highlighted concerned […]

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EAC parliament promises to institutionalize relations with smallholder famers’ group

25/4/2012 Smallholder farmers can look for better times as far as their involvement is concerned in implementation of Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) processes. In April, 2012, East and Southern African Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF) met members of Agriculture, Tourism and Natural Resources (ATNR) committee of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), in the Kenyan Parliament […]

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EAC asked to form Regional Agricultural Advisory Council

25/4/2012 Nairobi:  ESAFF has called for the formation of an East African Regional Agricultural Advisory Council (NAAC) within the EAC secretariat, saying it would help to speed up harmonization of agriculture development policies in the EAC region. The call was made in Nairobi when EALA members drawn from the committee on agriculture, tourism and natural […]

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MPs challenge ESAFF to utilise Common Market Protocol

26/4/2012 Nairobi:  ESAFF needs to utilise the Common Market Protocol (Article 45) since it talks about cooperation in the agricultural sector, to bring about more cross border trade in the region. The challenge was thrown to ESAFF in Nairobi when ESAFF leaders held a roundtable meeting with  EALA members drawn from the committee on Agriculture, […]

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Little political will for agri-development worrisome

26/4/2012 Holistic land use policy needed in EAC The fact that countries have failed to adhere to Maputo Declaration of 2003 is a show of lack of political commitment by governments to move agriculture to higher levels. This came up in a  recent dialogue interaction between the East and Southern African Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF) and […]

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Mapping out how countries can work out mechanisms in policy, implementation on the right to food

26/4/2012 A path-breaking meeting was recently held in Nairobi where various stakeholders met with the special rapporteur of the United Nations Secretariat on the right to food. The meeting, attended by many experts, farmers, scholars and policy makers including ESAFF leaders was convened by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Mr […]

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ESAFF welcomes a new Member

27/4/2012 The ESAFF Regional Board has extended formal membership to a new member from Mozambique, The latest member which bring the ESAFF membership to 13, is a network of CSOs in Mozambique- ROSA ROSA submitted a membership application form that was reviewed  during the last Tri-annual General Summit (TGS) that was held in Morogoro April […]

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Zambian top party official joins climate justice activists to rule out GM crops

01/04/2012 An official of Zambia’s ruling party has reiterated his country’s opposition to the introduction of genetically modified crops in the country. During a media breakfast meeting in Lusaka on March 29, 2012 the Patriotic Front Secretary General Mr Wynter Kabimba said that the PF Government will not allow the introduction of Genetically Modified Organisms […]

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Farmers in Zambia sceptical of “orange maize”

30/03/2012 Eastern and Southern Africa small-scale Farmers Forum (ESAFF) Zambia ZPA Stand No. 2374, Chongwe Street, Lusaka Show Grounds Box, 30443, Lusaka, Cell; 0977 828 109 Email; esaffzambia@yahoo.co.uk, esaffzambia@gmail.com PRESS RELEASE ‘‘REVISIT THE SEED POLICY’’ GOVERNMENT URGED Seed security is key to any country’s aspirations to be food secure, however our country like other developing […]

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Invest on indigenous small-holder farmers to feed the nation

7/12/2011 Tanzania has been urged to build capacity of the indigenous small-holder farmers so as to adequately feed the nation. The plea was given by the Mwalimu Nyerere Foundation Executive Director Mr. Joseph Butiku when opening the one-day dialogue organized by Network of Small-Scale Farmers in Tanzania (MVIWATA). The dialogue organised 6th December, 2011, discussed […]

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26/10/2011 East African countries have been urged to address the challenges hindering smooth delivery of agricultural produce in the region. Speaking at the annual general meeting of Tanzania Small Scale Farmers Network (Mviwata) in Morogoro on Friday, EAC assistant director responsible for production sector, Dr Abdullah Makame, said the failure to deliver agricultural produce in the region is one of major factors retarding the economy. The AGM was held in tandem with a workshop themed “The Private Sector and Public Sector Partnership in Development of Crops Markets.” He said the major challenges facing the region is infrastructure at least 80 percent of heavy goods are transported by roads. In developed countries such goods are transported through railways, hence this reduces the costs of road maintenance, he said. Most of the roads in the region, he noted, are not in good condition, and yet, they cost governments huge amounts of money to rehabilitate. Dr Makame said as a result the big part of the goods transported through roads sometimes gets rotten before they reach the market. He said the other challenge is land legislation which does not favour farmers in the region and thus contributes to slowdown in development. “There is a need to revisit land legislations so as to enable the farmers benefit more from it,” he said. Different polices pursued by each member is another challenge in that they act as a hindrance in some sectors. He mentioned some of them as food security, genetically modified organism (GMO) and poor management of conflicts. The farmers who aired their views urged the EAC countries to do away with the cumbersome procedures they face at border points. “We are facing some problems especially at border points where some officials demand payments for the goods transported within the region,” said Fatuma Kimolo from Kilimanjaro Region. She noted that already the EAC countries have signed a protocol on movement of factors of production and services within the region. Another farmer identified as Joseph Mshangama from Tanga Region said EAC officials should educate the farmers on various issues pertaining to business and farming in the region. “Many farmers do not understand the community and its operation well, hence there is a need for the secretariat to make the regional body known to them,” he said. He urged the government not to bar farmers from marketing their crops outside the country. Members of the 16th AGM also picked the organisation’s new board of directors. The new members are Habibu Simbamkuti, chairman, Veronica Sophu, vice chairperson and Esther Mallya, treasurer. Others are Paulo Joseph (Manyara), Haji Ussi Haji (Zanzibar) Joseph Kilowoko (Ruvuma), Projestus Ishekanyoro (Kagera), Amina Kazibure (Mtwara) and Prisca John (Tabora). SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN

26/10/2011 As the world population clocks on the seven billion figure, the need to produce even more food is more critical than ever before. Some countries with far better economic means to invest in farming have started grabbing land in Africa in order to grow food for their populations back home and fuel for their […]

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EAC told to address challenges facing crop delivery

26/10/2011 East African countries have been urged to address the challenges hindering smooth delivery of agricultural produce in the region. Speaking at the annual general meeting of Tanzania Small Scale Farmers Network (Mviwata) in Morogoro on Friday, EAC assistant director responsible for production sector, Dr Abdullah Makame, said the failure to deliver agricultural produce in […]

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A successful MVIWATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) with New Board of Directors

e place of Small holder farmers.” The workshop was preceded with the MVIWATA’s 16th Annual General Meeting whereby members of the AGM received and considered reports, audited report, plans and budgets. Apart from normal agenda of AGM, this meeting has have the special agenda of election of nine members of the Board of Directors of […]

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ESAFF Endorses a Charter to End Extreme Hunger

30/09/2011 ESAFF is among 28 global and regional organisations that has endorsed the Charter to End Extreme Hunger. The Charter was launched with endorsements by Prime Minister Raila Odinga of Kenya, Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos;and Musician Bob Geldof. You can watch the full press conference which is now […]

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ESAFF Declaration on the current state of food and agriculture policy in eastern and southern Africa

31/08/2011 We the small scale farmers (crop growers, livestock keepers and fisher folk) of the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) region met recently in Morogoro, Tanzania,  including delegations from Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho South Africa, Madagascar and Seychelles.   RECALLING African governments’ initiatives to invest in agriculture as per the […]

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The climax of the week-long NaneNane celebrations marked on the 8th of August every year.

9-8-2011   It is an auspicious week for the Tanzania  farmers, who constitute 80 per cent of population. They got the opportunity to display the advances they have made in the sector so far to improve output. In this year’s shows MVIWATA emerged the winner and received the 1st prize at two centers of Themi […]

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Small scale farmers feed Africa, need to up support systems urgent

20-7-2011 Small scale farmers play a pivotal role in the African continent when we come to feeding the nations. It has emerged that, only South Africa, in Southern   African states really depends on large scale farmers for food, export earnings and other agri-based raw materials. The rest, it is the smallholder farmers who call the […]

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Tanzania: Four regions for bumper rice harvest

15-7-2011 Four rice producing regions in Tanzania this year are expected to get a bumper harvest, thanks to a new partnership between farmers and a rural nongovernmental organization. Farmers under the banner of National Network of Small-Scale Farmers Groups (MVIWATA) have been empowered by Dodoma based Rural Livelihood Development Company (RLDC) in a project titled […]

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Animal feed factory to get technical help from Mauritius – 08.07.2011

8-7-2011 The Seychelles animal feed factory will get technical help from Mauritian feed firm Meaders, following the signing of an agreement last week. The memorandum of understanding was signed by the Seychelles Farmers’ Marketing Cooperative chairman Serge Benstrong, who is also the Seychelles Farmers’ Association (Seyfa) chairperson and Meaders feed firm general manager Jocelyn Fanchette. […]

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Going agroecology, Zimbabwe villagers ditch chemical fertilizers, imported skills

17-6-2011 In Topora village, Masvingo Province in Zimbabwe, farmers have successfully started practicing agroecology, a fist in the country. The crops they produce are completely organic,  produced with local knowledge and traditional skills. This means they are not using chemical fertilizers or even imported production skills. This has become a source of pride and honour […]

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ESAFF’s drive to empower the small scale woman farmer

31-5-2011 In the small scale farmer societies, when we come to leadership, women mostly take the back seat despite being main actors in the production chain. Actually, women lag behind in leadership positions and roles at all levels  from the family, national to regional level. It is said they are not even aware of their […]

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The Seychelles Farmer’s Cooperative opens a new butcher

10-5-2011 The opening of the outlet, to be run by the Seychelles Farmer’s Cooperative, comes at a time when all broiler farmers are back in production. While officially opening the outlet at the Victoria market  the Minister for Investment, Natural Resources and Industry, Peter Sinon, said he was glad that farmers had been able to […]

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Young Farmers Responsible

10-5-2011 Coalition Paysanne de Madagascar has achieved the 05 and 6 May 2011 a National Workshop.The Youth Commission officials in the Coalition Paysanne of Madagascar have participated in this workshop. The theme of this workshop is:”Young farmers participating in national life” These young farmers participated in various trainings. The President of the CPM has made […]

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ESAFF gets new leadership

10-04-2011 After more than three years of the interim executive regional board, ESAFF has a new exco leadership. The new farmer leaders of the Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers Forum were elected during the Triennial General Summit (TGS) that was held in Morogoro, Tanzania. All 12 member countries were represented at the summit […]

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EAC sees ESAFF as a model regional body

19/04/2011   An official of East African Community (EAC) has commended ESAFF saying the body is well positioned to make impact as a serious actor in the civil society sector thanks to its branching out from grassroot to national and regional level. Eastern and Southern Africa small scale Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF),  a grassroots regional farmer […]

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ESAFF general summit scores success, new office bearers in place

16/04/2011 After every three years Eastern and Southern Africa small scale Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF)  is supposed to holds a general summit (TGS). The most recent one – actually the first one, since the body was established was held on 13th to 15th April 2011 in Morogoro, The event brought  37 members together from all 12 […]

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ESAFF gets new leaders

15/04/2011 After more than three years of the interim executive regional board, ESAFF has a new exco leadership. The new farmer leaders of the Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers Forum were elected during the Triennial General Summit (TGS) that was held in Morogoro, Tanzania. All 12 member countries were represented at the summit […]

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A promise for ESAFF to work with SADC

01-04-2011 01-04-2011 There is  a new development that all ESAFF members should be happy about -a new partnership in the offing with the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). SADC’s Directorate of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources directorate (FANR) met in Gaborone recently with leaders of Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers (ESAFF) and had […]

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UN report: ESAFF promoting agroecological techniques

01-04-2011 The United Nations has acknowledged Eastern & Southern Africa Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF)  as one of the grassroots organizations working to make agroecological practices a reality in East and Southern African region. A  UN Report published March 2011 says ecological agriculture could double production in ten years while mitigating climate change and mentions ESAFF as […]

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Seychelles farmers beef up marketing drive – 28.02.2011

09-03-2011 Nearly all poultry and pig farmers are back in operation, and the first batch of broilers to be fattened in several months were due for slaughter this week. Seychelles Farmers’ Association (SeyFA) chairman Serge Benstrong said advertising locally produced chicken on SBC TV has yielded good results. “More consumers are now aware that it […]

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EPAs WILL DESTROY SMALL SCALE FARMERS’ LIVELIHOODS

30/1/2011 Following growing concern of small scale farmers in Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) region on the looming danger to come as the effects of the signing of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPAs) between the governments of ESA region and the European Union (EU), farmer leaders from 11 countries who met in Lusaka , Zambia […]

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ESAFF Signs the Dakar Appeal against the land grab

03/03/2011 ESAFF Signs the Dakar Appeal against the land grab. The Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers Forum (ESAFF) has strongly endorsed the Dakar Apral against land grab. The appeal came out as one of the major issues that arose out of the convergance in Dakar during the World Social Forum (WSF) 2011. If […]

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WSF 2011: Farmer demands better agriculture financing in Africa

12/02/2011 Small scale farmers should push for the governments in Africa to allocate more money into the agriculture sector. They said that it has been long time after the Maputo Declaration in 2003 where States pledged to allocate more budgetary money to agriculture. Speaking before the demonstration at the world social forum (WSF) in Dakar […]

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ESAFF can speed up regional agriculture protocol implementations – SADC

25/01/2011 The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), is ready to partner with small scale farmers to speed up agriculture policies implementation in the Eastern and Southern Africa region. The Directorate of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources directorate (FANR) will assists in availing necessary information regarding SADC member states signed protocols to ESAFF members. Speaking in […]

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ESAFF self monitoring and evaluation begin

07/12/2010 In the process to ensure learning and smooth implementation of ESAFF’s activities, the high level delegation from ESAFF HQ will commence a visit to member countries to share development in the implementation of various agenda. The monitoring visit will take place in December 2010. The delegation will be led by the chairperson of ESAFF madame Elizabeth Mpofu. “This […]

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Change of Telefax Number for ESAFF

23/11/2010 ESAFF would like to announce to all stakeholders that we have changed our telefax number effectively from today. our older number +255 23 2600006 will remain as a telephone number  and our new telefax is +255 23 2613880. We higly reagreat for any inconveniences caused. issued by ESAFF Coordinator, Joe Mzinga +255 782486183

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LA VIA CAMPESINA : G20 Exludes poor countries

18/10/2010 LA VIA CAMPESINA PRESS RELEASE G20 Exludes poor countries and pushes business as usual, Small farmers demand system change (Seoul, NOV 18, 2010) The G20i just concluded its Summit in Seoul, Korea where they professed to discuss solutions to the global financial crisis. Claiming to be the forum for global economic governance, these 20 […]

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Germany Bread for the World Supports ESAFF

30/09/2010  The German based charity organization, Bread for the World (BftW) has entered into agreement to support ESAFF to implement its strategic plan 2008-2011. The support worth Euro 50,000 will largely help in strengthening small scale farmers’ national forums and enhance capacity in lobbying and advocacy of the agriculture budget. The support of BftW came […]

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Uganda Gov’t turns deaf ear to plight of small scale farmers

20/10/2010 By  JOSEPH MITI  The Monitor Newspaper Posted Wednesday, October 20 2010 at 00:00 at http://www.monitor.co.ug/Magazines/Farming/-/689860/1035852/-/2o6wfmz/-/index.html “We will not eat to eat, but eat to work. If we don’t want to work, we will not eat. Eat every meal after working for four hours,” this is a heartening prayer, the Agriculture Minister Hope Mwesigye asked […]

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World Food Day; Small Scale Farmers wants Better Governments Financing to Feed the Region

16/10/2010  ESAFF PRESS RELEASE ON THE WORLD FOOD DAY, 16/10/2010   Africa spends about 20 billion dollars annually on food imports. Forty five percent of rice and eighty five percent of wheat consumed in Africa is imported. Worse still many people in Africa spend about 50 to 60 percent of their budget on food. Despite […]

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Brazil set to assist Tanzania survey biofuel farming areas

12/10/2010 source: http://www.ippmedia.com/ By Beatrice Philemon Tanzanian and Brazilian experts are expected to carry out a countrywide survey to identify and propose strategic areas that would be allocated for biofuel farming. “Our intention is to have special areas or land that will be used for biofuel development or farming in the country,” Head of Communications […]

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4 million ha requested for biofuel production in Tanzania

12/10/2010 source http://www.ippmedia.com/ By Beatrice Philemon At least 4 million hectares of land have so far been requested for biofuel production in Tanzania especially for jatropha, sugar cane and palm oil, it has been revealed. A research carried out by Emmanuel Sulle and Fred Nelson both from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) […]

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Benefits of agriculture bank still mystify farmers

20/06/ 2010 http://www.dailynews.co.tz/feature/?n=10963 By JAFFAR MJASIRI, 20th June 2010 @ 16:00, Total Comments: 0, Hits: 565 TANZANIA’S ‘Agriculture First’ theme named in Kiswahili as ‘Kilimo Kwanza’ that was launched last year by President Jakaya Kikwete, and a government initiative towards prioritizing agriculture, is gaining momentum. The Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers’ Forum recently […]

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Small scale farmers vows to engage on CAAP processes

30/06/2010 Small scale farmers and pastoralists in the eastern and southern Africa (ESA) region are determined to engage with their countries in the implementation of the NEPAD framework for agriculture development -CAADP.  Speaking at the end of a training workshop organized at Egerton University in Nakuru, Kenya, small scale farmers leaders from 15 countries in […]

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Will GMOs solve hunger problems in Uganda?

23/06/2010 By Patrick Jaramogi       Genetically modified seeds will not end hunger in Africa. While responding to the commissioner for crop marketing and production in the agriculture ministry, Alex Lwakoba’s remarks on improved seeds, Dr. Dan Maingi, an expert from Kenya Bio-diversity Coalition warned Ugandan farmers on the dangers of genetically modified seeds (GMOs). “Africa has indigenous seeds […]

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Tanzanian Small farmers jubilant but say better budget possible

21/06/2010 Small farmers jubilant but say better budget possible www.ippmedia.com/frontend/index.php?l=17705 By Rosemary Mirondo, The Guardian Newspaper Small scale farmers have applauded the government for proposing an increase in funding for agriculture from 666.9bn/- in financial year 2009/2010 to 903.8bn/- in the coming one. The rise, as appears in the 2010/2011 Budget estimates tabled in the […]

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Daily News | Farmers want clarification on proposed agricultural bank

17/06/2010 Daily News | Farmers want clarification on proposed agricultural bank http://www.dailynews.co.tz/home/?n=10739&cat=home By JAFFAR MJASIRI, 12th June 2010 @ 12:00, Total Comments: 0, Hits: 248 THE Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF) has demanded an explanation as to how the agricultural bank would differ from other micro-finance banks to benefit its members. […]

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Tanzania National Budget 2010/11: Small Scale Farmers perspective on the Agriculture Sector Budget

16-06-2010 1.    Agriculture sector: the Budget 2010/11, context and trend •    The Budget for Fiscal year 2010/11 aims at implementation of Strategies for Economic Growth and Reduction of Poverty (MKUKUTA). The national vision for 2025 and Millennium Development Goals which has the objective of improving people standard of living and poverty alleviation. •    We congratulate […]

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Tanzania National Budget 2010/11: Small Scale Farmers perspective on the Agriculture Sector Budget

13 June 2010 Agriculture sector: the Budget 2010/11, context and trend In short these are the areas that have comforted us, small farmers of Tanzania in this budget of 2010/11. Challenges and shortcomings of the budget of 2010/11 to 2011/12 from the Farmers Perspective   Following what we have seen before, the agriculture budget has […]

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EAC Budget Campaign Day

11th June 2010 In June every year, East African governments namely Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi (Burundi will read its budget later in the year); present their annual budgets to their parliaments. Ministers for Planning and Ministers for Economy in these countries present their national budgets for the coming fiscal year. In Tanzania, ten […]

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Small Scale Farmers to engage governments on agriculture budgeting

15/12/2009 Small Scale Farmers to engage governments on agriculture budgeting Small scale farmers in Eastern and Southern Africa will engage their government on budgeting processes. Small scale farmers wants to have greater voices in the agriculture budgeting processes. Also the farmers want their government to increase the budget to 10% of the total budget to […]

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AFSA Challenges African leaders on Climate Change

02/12/2009 ALLIANCE FOR FOOD SOVEREIGNTY IN AFRICA (ASFA)                                                                                    Challenges African leaders on Climate Change   Bole Declaration; 25th November, 2009; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia We, the ALLIANCE FOR FOOD SOVEREIGNTY IN AFRICA (AFSA), representing small holder farmers, pastoralists, hunter/gatherers, indigenous peoples, citizens and environmentalists from Africa, salute the strong and unified approach that African leaders have taken […]

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Stop Rubber Stamping Trade Deals

7/10/2009 by Christi van der Westhuizen CAPE TOWN, Oct 4 (IPS) – Civil society should call African parliaments to account on international trade negotiations as parliamentarians have in the past not been “robust” enough in ensuring that such talks deliver on developmental priorities. This candid admission came from Sisa Njikelana, a South African parliamentarian representing […]

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ESAFF Approves financial and personnel manual and policies

08/10/2009 11/10/2009  ESAFF Approves financial and personnel manual and policies The Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers’ Forum –ESAFF have approved two manuals and policies fro the movement. The approved personnel and financial policies and Manual will govern and guide the management and accounting operations of ESAFF as well as staff matters. Financial management entails […]

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ESAFF to Cooperate with other Farmers’ Movements of the World

12/10/2009 The Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers’ Forum –ESAFF will seek collaborations with other farmers movement in the region and beyond. Passing a resolution during the Board Meeting held in Morogoro, Tanzania recently the Board said that the strength of ESAFF can be realized through co operations and collaborations with other farmers movements in […]

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ESAFF to expand to Indian Ocean, Southern Africa Countries

ESAFF Board set to expand to cover Indian Ocean and all Southern Africa Countries 11/10/2009 The Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers Forum – ESAFF has decided to give the geographical expansion of ESAFF a priority in the year 2010. Following that decision, ESAFF will extend invitations to countries in Southern Africa and countries […]

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Farmers appreciate the stages of organisation growth

09/10/2009 Small scale farmer leaders in eastern and southern Africa says they will take organisational development (OD) as an essential item to address at the national farmers forum development. The farmers said that during the workshop on OD that was organized recently in Dar es salaam, Tanzania. The facilitator of the workshop, the OD expert […]

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ESAFF Zambia: Involve small-scale farmers in monitoring agric. budget

18/09/2009 By Business Reporter, Times of Zambia http://www.times.co.zm/news/viewnews.cgi?category=12&id=1161762345 THE East and Southern African Small-Scale Farmers Forum (ESAFF) Zambia has  said  Government should start involving small-scale farmers in monitoring resources allocated to the agricultural sector. ESAFF Zambia communications secretary, Simon Mwamba said in Lusaka yesterday that the Government must also make available some credit facilities in order to […]

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Malawi’s NASFAM wins 100,000 USD Norwegian prize

10/09/2009 Malawi’s NASFAM wins 100,000 USD Norwegian prize By NYASA TIMES: 21 July 2009 Norway’s Yara Foundation says a Malawian farmers’ group and  a Kenyan banker have won its annual prize promoting former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s call for a green revolution in Africa. The foundation says the National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi  and  Kenya’s […]

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Small scale farmers in Zambia call for a people driven budgeting process

17/09/2009 Farmers in Zambia called for a people driven budget process Small scale farmers in Zambia have called the Government to embark on a people driven budget process next year (2010) and ensure timely release of funds for effective programme implementation. ESAFF-Zambia continues to monitor the implementation of the national budget passed by the parliament […]

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Tanzania: Small scale farmers demand more space in policy makings

09/2009 Small scale farmers in Tanzania have called for their greater involvement when the Government is preparing policies regarding agriculture. The call was made during the Annual General Meeting of a network of small scale farmers’ group in Tanzania – MVIWATA. As one of the five resolutions, smallholder farmers in Tanzania strongly castigated  the Government […]

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Is this another empty promise to small scale farmers?

2/10/2009 Is this another empty promise to small scale farmers?    African Heads of State and Government of the African Union have recommitted their countries to the Maputo Declaration of allocating at least ten (10) percent of their annual national budgets to the agriculture sector by 2015. This is to articulate the important role of […]

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IFAP Statement: G-8 Billions Investment must be focused on smallholder farmers

August 2009  IFAP Statement: G-8 Billions Investment must be focused on smallholder farmers Paris: If agricultural investment strategies are to prove effective in the long-term, all investments must be made in developing country farmers’ organisations directly and not be funnelled through international agencies or national governments. The press report by IFAP signed by its president […]

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Press Statement on the Promised US Government funding on Agriculture in Africa

7/8/2009 Press Statement on the Promised US Government funding on Agriculture in Africa-held on 6th August, 2009 at Hotel 680, Nairobi Kenya In the wake of the beginning of the seven African nation’s tour by the American Secretary of State Mrs. Hilary R. Clinton, the US President Barrack Obama said in a video broadcast that […]

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Fears for the world’s poor countries as the rich grab land

4/7/2009 poor by rich countries and international corporations is accelerating at an alarming rate, with an area half the size of Europe’s farmland targeted in the last six months, reports from United Nations officials and agriculture experts say. New reports from the UN and analysts in India, Washington and London estimate that at least 30-million […]

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New law on contract farming is underway

26/6/2009 The government is preparing a Bill for enacting a new law for the development of contractual farming, the National Assembly was told yesterday. Agriculture, Food Security and Co-operatives minister Stephen Wassira revealed this in Parliament here when responding to a supplementary question by Said Arfi (Mpanda Central, Chadema). The opposition lawmaker had demanded government […]

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A small scale farmer donates to ESAFF HQ office

1/7/2009 In a move that can be translated as exemplary in enhancing ownership of a farmers organisation, a small scale farmer from Kilifi District in Kenya has donated office stationeries to ESAFF. The equipment that were donated included a wall fan, flat files, staplers, punching machines, small national flags, calculators and pens. Speaking at a […]

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Achievements of ESAFF

Achievements of ESAFF The Forum through its member organizations has recorded a number of success stories: In Kenya, Tanzania and Lesotho; national small-scale farmers’ fora are involved in campaigns to influence bio safety frameworks, land, trade, water and farmer friendly credit scheme policies affecting farmers. This is done in collaboration with other suitable like-minded players. […]

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All farmers wake up!

All farmers wake up!   A diary of Moses Shaha who travelled from the Coastal town of Mombasa, Kenya to the Mountains of Central Africa, Burundi   Moses Shaha is ESAFF Secretary General, he is a farmer from Kilifi, Kenya he has travelled a thousands of miles for the course of small scale farmers.   […]

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ESAFF towards strengthening small scale farmers visibility and voices in the regional bodies; COMESA, SADC and EAC …

Mai Elizabeth Mpofu the chair lady of ESAFF recently visited the Southern Africa Development Community – SADC in Gaborone, Botswana. In her tour of duty to familiarize with the regional grouping, the ESAFF chairlady also visited farmer groups in Lesotho and South Africa. In the Botswana capital, Mai Mpofu met the SADC officers responsible for […]

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ESAFF in strengthening small scale farmers voices in regional bodies

27/5/2009 Mai Elizabeth Mpofu the chair lady of ESAFF recently visited the Southern Africa Development Community – SADC in Gaborone, Botswana. In her tour of duty to familiarize with the regional grouping, the ESAFF chairlady also visited farmer groups in Lesotho and South Africa. In the Botswana capital, Mai Mpofu met the SADC officers responsible […]

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Oxfam Novib contributes to the ESAFF’s 3 Years Strategic Plan

27/5/2009 In order to ensure smooth takeoff of the young regional small scale farmers’ forum (ESAFF), the international Dutch funding organisation – Oxfam Novib has agreed to fund the strategic plan of ESAFF which runs from September 2008 to August 2011. The financial support of Oxfam Novib to ESAFF’s strategic plan is 40% of the […]

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Doctors Warn: Avoid Genetically Modified Food

27/5/2009 By Jeffrey M. Smith On May 19th, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) called on “Physicians to educate their patients, the medical community, and the public to avoid GM (genetically modified) foods when possible and provide educational materials concerning GM foods and health risks.”[1] They called for a moratorium on GM foods, long-term […]

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Doctors Warn: Avoid Genetically Modified Food

By Jeffrey M. Smith On May 19th, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) called on “Physicians to educate their patients, the medical community, and the public to avoid GM (genetically modified) foods when possible and provide educational materials concerning GM foods and health risks.”[1] They called for a moratorium on GM foods, long-term independent […]

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FAO, La Via Campesina sign Landmark Agreement

04/10/2013 The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and La Via Campesina, a smallholder farmers’ organization, have signed an institutional framework for the partnership between the two organizations and defined proposals of collaboration in areas of common interest. The agreement marks a milestone in the partnership between FAO and civil society organizations, […]

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