Lobby and advocacy is one of the core functions of the Eastern Africa Farmers’ Federation (EAFF). his function responds directly to one of the pillars of the EAFF strategic plan - "A dynamic regional platform for advocacy for policy development, implementation and accountability promoted”. The overall objective of this strategy is to guide all EAFF activities related to policy analysis, research, lobbying and advocacy. The strategy outlines the general framework is described for all lobbying and advocacy activities. The strategy has several components including a capacity building component. It is important to strengthen the lobbying and advocacy functions of EAFF member organizations as this is one of their main functions.
Objectives of the policy and advocacy strategy
The overall goal of this strategy is spelled out on the EAFF strategic Plan. EAFF aims to be a dynamic regional platform for advocacy for policy development, implementation and accountability.
The specific objectives of this strategy are:
- To engage effectively in the agriculture-related policy processes at the regional levels including the East African Community, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) and the African Union,
- To serve as a voice for farmers from Eastern Africa, by effectively representing them in all relevant platforms and forums, and
- To support EAFF member organizations to effectively engage in the agriculture-related policy processes at the national and sub-national levels, through a structured engagement with the governments at the national and sub-national levels.
For more information, please take a look at our EAFF's Policy and Advocacy Strategy (2012-2020) and our Policy and Advocacy plans for 2015 and 2016.