What is AFSA?
The ALLIANCE FOR FOOD SOVEREIGNTY IN AFRICA (AFSA) is a Pan African platform comprising networks and farmer organizations working in Africa including the African Biodiversity Network (ABN), African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), Coalition for the Protection of African Genetic Heritage (COPAGEN),Commons for EcoJustice, Comparing and Supporting Endogenous Development (COMPAS) Africa, Friends of the Earth- Africa, Health of Mother Earth Foundation, Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC), Institut Panafricain pour la Citoyenneté, les Consommateurs et le Développement (CICODEV), Jeunes Volontaaires pour l’Environnement (JVE International), Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM) Association, Eastern and Southern African Small Scale Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF), La Via Campesina Africa, FAHAMU, World Neighbours, Network of Farmers’ and Agricultural Producers’ Organizations of West Africa (ROPPA), Plate forme Sous Régionale des Organisations Paysannes d’Afrique Centrale (PROPAC), Global Justice Now, Tanzania Alliance for Biodiversity, INADES-Formation, Rural Women’s Assembly (RWA), Groundswell West Africa and Fellowship of Christian Councils and Churches in West Africa (FECCIWA), Union Africaine Des Consommateuts (UAC).
AFSA was launched at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties 17 (COP 17) in Durban, South Africa in December 2011. At the launch, AFSA released a report emphasizing that Food Sovereignty can cool the planet, while feeding the world and regenerating ecosystems. AFSA members represent small holder farmers, pastoralists, hunter/gatherers, indigenous peoples, citizens and environmentalists from Africa who possess a strong voice that shapes policy on the continent in the area of community rights, family farming, promotion of traditional knowledge and knowledge systems, the environment and natural resource management. Thus, providing a forum to analyse, discuss issues, challenge policies and identify ways forward.
What does AFSA believe in?
Championing Small African Family Farming/Production Systems based on agro-ecological and indigenous approaches that sustain food sovereignty and the livelihoods of communities Resisting the corporate industrialization of African agriculture which will result in massive land grabs, destruction of indigenous biodiversity and ecosystems, displacement of indigenous peoples especially the pastoral communities and hunter gatherers and the destruction of their livelihoods and cultures. African driven solutions to problems in Africa and a belief in the richness of our diversity. AFSA aims to be a strong voice that shapes policy on the continent in the area of community rights, family farming, promotion of traditional knowledge and knowledge systems, the environment and natural resource management.
The Core purpose of AFSA is to influence policies and to promote African solutions for food sovereignty. AFSA will serve as a continental platform for consolidation of issues pertaining to food sovereignty and together marshal a single and louder voice on issues and tabling clear workable solutions.
Africa developing just and equitable ways of life for her people in harmony with nature.
- Africa continually harnessing and enhancing her traditional knowledge systems.
- African peoples controlling their territories, livelihoods and governance systems.
- African peoples holding their governments and corporate powers to account.