This position paper details the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa’s COP27 vision and priorities – including themes, goals, targets, and indicators – for the thematic areas of agriculture, climate action on land, finance, adaptation, and gender. It provides an opportunity for AFSA to communicate its position based on stakeholder engagement and consultations over one year.
Launched in 2011, AFSA is a broad alliance of civil society actors who are part of Africa’s struggle for food sovereignty and agroecology. These include African food producer networks, African CSO networks, indigenous people’s organisations, faith-based organisations, women and youth groups, consumer movements, and international organisations that support the stance of AFSA. It is a network of networks with 35 members active in 50 African countries, reaching around 200 million people. AFSA works in four thematic areas: Climate Crisis and Agroecology, Resilient seed systems, mobilising citizen support for sustainable food and nutrition systems and strengthening community land rights and healthy soils. Our work on Climate Change & Agroecology is focused on integrating agroecology into climate policies and negotiations. It is hinged on research conducted at the regional (RECs and AU) level and in 12 African countries where AFSA is implementing a campaign “agroecology for climate action. The objectives are to build civil society capacity, advocate for government adoption of sustainable climate actions, and ensure civil society voices are heard in climate policy spaces. AFSA works with farmers, pastoralists, fishers, civil society organisations, government ministries, agencies and departments and the African Group of Negotiators on Agriculture, Adaptation and Gender.