There is going to be an evaluation of one of SACAU’s longest initiatives titled “Support to Farmers’ Organizations (FOs) in Africa Programme (SFOAP)” whose implementation ends at the end of this year. This is part of an Africa-wide programme involving other regional Farmers’ Organisation (FO) and the Pan African Farmers’ Organization.
Implementation of this programme started in 2013, and its overall goal is to improve the livelihoods and food security situation of African smallholder farmers and rural producers.
The programme supports three components, namely; strengthening of National Farmer’s Organization (NFOs) institutional capacities, policy engagements and provision of economic services. In addition to regional activities, it is implemented in five countries namely; Lesotho, Madagascar, Swaziland, Namibia and Tanzania.
Through the programme, NFOs in these countries were expected to evolve into stable, wellperforming and accountable organisations that can effectively represent their members and advice farmers in their farming enterprises.
From May 2018, SACAU and the NFOs are planning to have an end of programme evaluation to give an opportunity to project stakeholders, including farmers, to assess its impact. This exercise will also enable NFOs to assess and compile both technical and managerial lessons from activities to provide insights for the future approach of similar interventions.
The extent to which NFOs have become more sustainable and accountable with increased membership base and improved capacities to provide services to men, women and young farmers will also be put in the spotlight. In addition, the evaluation will check the extent to which NFOs effectively participate and contribute towards national, regional and continental agricultural policy development as well as whether they have improved their economic service provision to their members.
The results will be shared with other continental counterparts at a Knowledge Management meeting that is scheduled for June 2018 in South Africa.