On October 12, 2022, IPES-Food, SWISSAID, the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, Alliance Bioversity-CIAT, AFSA, Agroecology Coalition and Biovision jointly organized a side event at the 50th meeting of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). 160 people from all continents followed the rich speeches and lively discussion in person or online.
The 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st of March 2022, was held the Planning and capacity building workshop for farmers’ organizations in advocacy for the promotion of peasant seed systems (PSS) in the Province of Mayo-Kebbi, Chad. This four days’ workshop, launched by AFSA and organized by their local partner PEPAF, reflects CROPS4HD’s desire to make farmers the real actors of influence and transformation of their working and living conditions.
Partner’s orientation and planning workshop for the CROPS4HD project was held in the first week of August this year. This meeting brought all the project coordination and implementation together to build a shared understanding of the roles, functions, and responsibilities for the inception and main phase.
CROPS4HD Niger started its activities in July 2021 with a workshop on 22 September in the presence of the project supervision team. The launch took place in the Dogondoutchi prefecture in the presence of the prefect and the coordination body of technical services.
In Chad, the introduction phase of the project took place from 2021 September 11 – 17. All CROP4HD consortium members met in Ndjamena, the capital of the country during this period.
In Tanzania, the project started in July 2021 with a field visit by the consortium members. The first objective was to get an insight into the reality of Tanzanian farmers’ lives and the important achievements of the SWISSAID programme in Tanzania, in order to define how and in which regions and districts the CROPS4HD project will focus its action.
In recent times, the effects of climate change become more and more obvious, even in the Global North. However, for smallholder farmers in the southern hemisphere they have been a reality for a while, and they make it even harder for them to secure their nutrition and incomes. The project CROPS4HD promotes neglected and underutilised crops that are more resilient to the impacts of climate change as a strategy for farmers to adapt their production to this new reality.
Hunger and malnutrition are still widespread in large parts of Africa and Asia. Hunger and malnutrition are still widespread in large parts of Africa and Asia. Global warming and the loss of soil fertility are further exacerbating the problem. The new SWISSAID project CROPS4HD focuses on local, almost forgotten crops to improve the situation of people in the South.
The analysis done during the planning phase confirmed that a large proportion of women in the four countries work in agriculture. Gender-based inequalities and classical gender division of labor for household tasks contribute to unequal bargaining power for women and other vulnerable groups within the community.