Launched in 2011, the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) is a broad alliance of civil society actors who promote food sovereignty and agroecology in Africa. These include African food producer networks, African NGO networks, indigenous people’s organizations, faith based organizations, women and youth groups, consumer movements, and international organizations that support the stance of AFSA. AFSA members represent smallholder farmers, fisherfolk, pastoralists, hunter/gatherers, indigenous peoples, faith-based institutions, and consumers across Africa. It is a network of networks, currently with 30 active members in more than 50 African countries.
AFSA aim to address multiple problems that Africa faces related to agriculture and food including hunger and malnutrition; environmental degradation, pollution and loss of agricultural biodiversity and policies and laws that marginalize small farmers, their practices and rights through a shift towards diversified agroecological systems.
Our collaboration: The SwedBio funded project aims to support practical agroecology work on the ground, and to use this experience and learning to build the momentum of the agroecology movement and inform plans to mainstream agroecology in key African strategies. As part of the project, more than 100 individuals from across Africa have been trained in biofertiliser production and use.
AFSA also work to build the momentum of the agroecology movement in Africa through annual continental meetings of African civil society representatives, farmers, pastoralists, fisherfolk, activists, consumers etc. The meetings will enable these key actors to share experiences and learning from practice including the on-the-ground initiatives above, develop and refine strategies, and strengthen the bonds between the networks of organizations who make up the growing movement for the transition to agroecology as the sustainable and climate resilient future of farming in Africa.