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Agroecology for family farms:
Transition to sustainable food systems

West African food systems are mainly based on family farming and fishing, which provide almost 90% of the population's food.

Family farm agroecology promotes the transition towards sustainable agriculture and food systems. It preserves natural resources, biodiversity, regenerates soil fertility, while restoring autonomy to producers.

It is recognised as a strategy for mitigating and adapting to climate change and constitutes a major challenge for the food security of populations.

Farmer organisations at the heart of food systems 

Over the years, farmers’ organisations have contributed to structuring the farmers’ movement in West Africa. They play a central role in supporting family farms and defending their interests.

These organisations have boosted the recognition of family farming as a true development model in regional agricultural policy . This model is still fragile, however, as it must contend with the powerful influence of conventional agriculture in public policy.

Farmers’ organisations are still facing numerous challenges: economic models, strengthening institutional, operational, and influence capacity, as well as finding replacements for their leaders.

It is crucial to strengthen these organisations so they can continue to play a major role in the agricultural value chain, in their country’s food sovereignty, and in making a difference in political decision-making.

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