SFOAP Project

Sponsor:  European Union (EU) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC), French Development Agency (AFD)

Duration:  2013 – 2017

EAFF Contact person:  Mainza Mugoya or Marygoretti Kamau

Sponsor’s Contact person:  Roberto Longo (e-mail: r.longo@ifad.org)

The Strengthening Farmer Organizations in Africa Program (SFOAP) started in 2009 as a result of dialogue between African leaders of regional and national FOs and the European Commission EC as to find ways of increasing direct support in the EC programmes aimed at strengthening FOs capacities support. SFOAP support is targeted to strengthen the organizations’ institutional capacities in management, accounting, communication, strategic planning, representation, knowledge management, policy processes, and networking. EAFF is the coordinating agency in Eastern Africa. A total of 12 national farmer organizations under the EAFF umbrella receive support over the three year period of the project. The first phase of the program was a three year pilot aimed at testing a new approach of EC to directly support FOs so as to strengthen their institutional capacities and engagement in the policy processes. The first phase was implemented by four regional farmer organizations include EAFF, for eastern Africa, ROPPA for West Africa and PROPAC for Central Africa.

Within the SFOAP programme there is already a Knowledge Management component where member organizations have already had two trainings on importance of integrating Knowledge Management and Learning within their institutions an effective method of communication and also improving governance and learning within the institution (see workshop reports).

SFOAP is now entering its second phase which came as a result of a meeting in DAKAR Senegal on 3rd February 2011 and the addition of another regional farmer organization – UMAGRI from the Maghreb region the Project duration – SFOAP 11 5years expected to start in 2013 and end in 2017.

Grant Objectives and links to the Strategic Objectives/SF and Grant policy

Overview: the overall goal of the main phase of the SFOAP is to improve the livelihoods and food security situation of African smallholder farmers and rural producers. Programme purpose is that FOs evolved into stable, performing, accountable organizations able to effectively represent their members and advice farmers in their farming enterprises.

Overall programme specific objectives are: (i) to strengthen FOs Institutional and Organizational capacities; (ii) to enable FOs at different levels to influence policies on priority subjects; (iii) to improve FOs entrepreneurial capacities and participation in value chains; (iv) to strengthen the capacity of the  Pan-African Farmers’ Organization  to participate and influence policy processes on agriculture and rural development at continental and international levels.

In the EAFF region, the project will centre on economic services, that is, the other two pillars (policy engagement and institutional development) will be strongly correlated to the activities of this component. The overall intention of the main phase is to deliver economic services to farmers and farmer organizations in ways that are effective, efficient and sustainable. The intention is to deliver these services through the farmer organizations, and their relevant structures.

Expected results: The expected results from the project are:

  1. Result 1: improved performance of small-scale farmers with respect to increased incomes, increased production, increased productivity or access to new  markets;
  2. Result 2: selected farmer organizations have the capacity to effectively provide economic services for their members;
  3. Result 3: Policy-related challenges affecting performance of farmer organizations have been addressed.
  4. Result 4: The successes, best practices, challenges and failures of significant economic initiatives are capitalized and shared among members and partners

Beneficiary Countries

Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda

Total project budget: USD 3,730 000

Commodity focus: Irish potatoes, cassava and livestock