The EU provides support to improve the livelihoods and food security of rural producers in Africa by helping farmers' organisations (FOs) reinforce their role in better shaping policies for agriculture and sustainable development. This is done at national, regional and continental level. Such support is divided in two main programmes: Support to Farmers' Organisations in Africa Programme (SFOAP) – and Farmers Fighting Poverty – Food Security Initiatives of Farmers’ Organisations in a Regional Perspective (Africa) (FFP/AFRICA). The entire action is made up of 4 main components:
- Building up the institutional and organizational capacities of FOs
- Enabling FOs at different levels to influence policies on priority subjects
- Improving the entrepreneurial capacities of FOs and their participation in value chains
- Strengthening the capacity of the Pan-African Farmers’ Organisation (PAFO) to participate in and influence policy processes on agriculture and rural development at continental and international levels.
Other partners contributing to the programme are the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development and the French Development Agency (AFD).