Fédération Agroécologique du Bénin (FAEB) groups together organizations and individuals who either practice agroecology on their farms or support those who practice it. FAEB now has eight organizations that practice agroecology or are in the process of conversion, and some 20 individuals, the majority of which support agroecological producers. To be a member of FAEB, one must adhere to its charter which not only defines agroecology but sets the principles, values, philosophy and ethics that form the basis of agroecological practices and behaviors. FAEB is national in scope.
FAEB works to promote agroecology by supporting its members through information and training, but also through actions of political influence so that agroecology gains the place it deserves in national agricultural policies. In this sense, FAEB organizes public lectures, radio and television shows, fairs and lobbying activities with the authorities concerned with agricultural problems. To ensure succession, FAEB intervenes in education, primary schools, colleges and universities, to inform, educate and train youth in agroecology.
Farm-Saved Seeds Network (FASSNET)
Civil Society in Malawi has established a National Seed Platform called “Farm–Saved Seeds Network (FASSNET) through a project being implemented by Commons for EcoJustice. FASSNET focuses on the core themes of Biodiversity (farmer-managed seeds and knowledge systems); Biosafety (civil society action on the GMO agenda), Land rights and Climate and Food Justice. EcoJustice would like to engage the services of a suitably qualified person to fill the position of Finance Assistant to be based at its Secretariat office in Lilongwe, Malawi. FASSNET has 16 members to date.
Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) is an environmental/ecological think tank and advocacy organisation. It is rooted in solidarity and in the building and protection of human and collective dignity.
HOMEF believes that neoliberal agendas driven by globalization of exploitation of the weak, despoliation of ecosystems and lack of respect for Mother Earth thrive mostly because of the ascendancy of enforced creed of might is right. This ethic permits the powerful to pollute, grab resources and degrade/destroy the rest simply because they can do so.
Three key areas of focus are fossil politics, hunger politics and creating spaces for knowledge generation and sharing.
Institut Panafricain pour la Citoyenneté, les Consommateurs et le Développement (CICODEV Africa) is the Pan African Institute for research, training and action for Citizenship, Consumer and Development in Africa. The association aims to promote the emergence of a citizen-consumer movement aware of the impact of their consumption choices on trade, environment and development; promote citizen choice and consumption patterns carriers suitable for development and the fight against poverty; and promote the rights and duties of citizens and consumers with a special emphasis on promoting the consumption of the poorest citizens.
CICODEV undertake studies and research on topics and issues related to its object; perform comparative tests of products and services; conduct education, information, training, communication; engage, support and facilitate dialogue with the public, private sectors and civil society on the use and development policies; conduct lobbying, advocacy and campaigns.
Réseau Africain pour le Droit à l’Alimentation (RAPDA –Togo)
The African Network for the Right to Food (RAPDA) – Togo or Réseau Africain pour le Droit à l’Alimentation in French has 12 member organizations in Togo.
RAPDA-Togo contributes in the realization of the project on the Right to Food and Governance on Food Security.
Tanzania Alliance for Biodiversity (TABIO) is an alliance of civil society and private sector organizations concerned with biodiversity conservation, with an emphasis on agricultural biodiversity for livelihood security and food sovereignty. The alliance was formed in November 2011 out of concerns of deterioration of agricultural biodiversity.
The members of TABIO share the aims of conserving biodiversity and supporting sustainable development, promoting farmers’ self-determination and food sovereignty, facilitating exchange of information and experiences concerning sustainable and healthy policies and practices relevant to biodiversity conservation, ensuring public awareness on issues of concern to the environment, agriculture and biodiversity, and promoting citizen involvement in the decision-making processes.