CSOs (including farmer organizations, co-ops, producer organizations, NGOs, and outreach groups, to name a few) are critical to GAFSP strategy, leadership, and implementation. Effective empowerment of farmers in country program implementation through producer organizations, for example, can help improve the relevance and effectiveness of agriculture services and improve accountability of resource use.
CSO play a variety of roles ensuring GAFSP has the highest possible impact. They are active members of the Steering Committee, serve as a key accountability and transparency measures, and, depending on program scope and design they can have a role as third party implementers or service providers. GAFSP relies on CSOs, like supervising entities and recipient country governments, to gain a comprehensive picture of the program on the ground.
The CSO community is represented by three CSO representatives (two from Southern CSOs, and one from a Northern CSO) on the GAFSP Steering Committee, who are selected through their respective networks. The current CSO representatives are:
GAFSP affiliated CSOs participate actively in the GAFSP Steering Committee where they represent the voices of smallholder farmers and farmer organizations. The South CSO representatives receive a funding from GAFSP to enable them to travel to recipient countries, visit project sites, and attend GAFSP meetings to better channel the voices of their constituents in these discussions.
Recent material produced by CSOs
Case studies by ActionAid looking at how GAFSP benefits are reaching small-scale food producers – Synthesis report, Malawi, Niger, Togo (April 2016, pdf)
Report on AFA visit the Mongolia LAMP project – report, photos (April 2016, pdf)