EAFF is a regional farmer organization that represent approximately 20 million farmers in eastern and central Africa. The Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF), formed in 2001, has its chapter registered in member counties. EAFF's establishment was championed by the nationals farmers organizations from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo to respond to the felt need to get organized at regional level. This came about as the Eastern Africa Community had been revived and the development of regional economic blocs.
EAFF is a non-political, non profit and a democratic organization of all farmers of Eastern Africa. Its role is to voice legitimate concerns and interests of farmers of the region with aim of enhancing regional cohesiveness and social-economic status of the farmers. The federation voices the views and demands of farmers on issues. Specifically, EAFF nurtures the interests of farmers on issues such as; Markets, Productivity, capacity building, information and fostering regional integration through and As mentioned earlier, the mission of EAFF is to represent, lobby and advocate for Eastern Africa farmers interests and build their capacities. However, the Federation, apart from voicing views and demands of the farmers on crosscutting issues, also promotes regional integration of the farmers through trade.
In general, EAFF offers the following services to its members:
• Provision of capacity to the member platforms through training, partnerships and linkages with other private sector entities (input and output markets)
• Representation in the meetings or consultations at regional, continental and international levels on issues of interest to farmers of the region.
• Lobby and advocate for farmers’ participation in policy formulation and participation in the implementation of rural development protocols whose aims are to eradicate poverty and ensure food security.
• Agriculture commodity marketing within the region and internationally.
• Participation in discussion on trade rules and regulations that might lead to agreements in agriculture trade.
• Communication and information management and sharing for Knowledge generation and use.good neighbourness.