WEBINAR: Covid19 pandemic: a worldwide response from the global farmers’ community.

WEBINAR: Covid19 pandemic: a worldwide response from the global farmers’ community.

14 July 2020. Virtual Side event Covid19 pandemic: a worldwide response from the global farmers’ community. Stories from the field. Organised by the World Farmers’ Organisation and IFOAM. 

This side event at the 2020 United Nations high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF) showcased how the global farming community is responding to this unprecedented crisis.

Covid19 caused a health and economic crisis and lockdown measures are hugely impacting many sectors. Agriculture globally is facing severe consequences (markets’ closure, food waste – farmers cannot harvest, isolation of rural areas, difficulties in inputs supply) with devastating effects on the farmers’ livelihoods, especially small-scale ones in countries where agriculture is the main source of income. Yet, farmers keep on farming to ensure urban and rural areas do not go food insecure and everyone has access to healthy and nutritious food produced sustainably

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Panel 1: an overview from the global perspective

  • Theo De Jager, President, World Farmers’ Organisation @3:14 + @1:05:30 in the recording
  • Shamika Mone, Chairperson, INOFO/IFOAM-Organics International
  • Nettie Wiebe, Representative, La Via Campesina
  • Laura Lorenzo, Director, World Rural Forum

Panel 2: an overview from the regional perspective

  • Elizabeth Nsimadala, President, Pan African Farmers’ Organisation (PAFO) @59:58 in the recording
  • Nemo Amaral, Representative, COPROFAM
  • Patricia Flores, Senior Project Coordinator, IFOAM – Organics International
  • Esther Penunia, Secretary General, Asian Farmers’ Association
  • Wrap up and closing remarks by the moderator Gábor Figeczky, Head of Global Policy, IFOAM – Organics International
The impact of COVID-19 on family farmers in Madagascar. The video is produced by FIFATA, one of the organization participating in FO4ACP – published by PAFO on 2 July

FIFATA, littéralement « FIkambanana FAmpivoarana ny Tantsaha » ou association pour le progrès des paysans est une organisation professionnelle faîtière (OPF) malgache d’envergure nationale.
Créée le 29 septembre 1989 en qualité d’association à but non lucratif (Loi 60-133), Fifata fédère aujourd’hui des OP spécialisées (unions de coopératives, institutions de microfinance…) ou plus généralistes (fédérations régionales d’OP) dans 10 régions de Madagascar : Amoron’i Mania, Analamanga, Alaotra Mangoro, Bongolava, Haute Matsiatra, Ihorombe, Itasy, Menabe, Sofia, Vakinankaratra.


Les paysans africains face aux défis du Covid-19 – published by PAFO on 16 June

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