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TrustAfrica and their partner Solidaridad West Africa launched the "Reclaim Sustainability! Programme" project on the 30th of July 2021 in Accra, Ghana, to promote inclusive and sustainable supply chains. The theme of the launch was promoting inclusive and sustainable supply chains in Ghana. The launch was a successful event widely reported by various media platforms, including newspapers , television stations, and radio, and was live-streamed on our social media platforms.
TrustAfrica, together with their consortium partner Solidaridad West Africa will launch the RECLAIM Sustainability! programme in West Africa on the 30th of July 2021. The West Africa project launch will be held in Accra, Ghana from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm GMT.
With this programme, we strive to foster genuine and inclusive sustainability in global value chains, where the voices of farmers, miners, workers, and citizens are represented in decision making, and civil society is strengthened. We advocate for sustainable use of natural resources, decent work, fair value distribution, gender and social inclusion, and sustainable consumption.
Mawuse Hotor (middle) and her parents, Mary Ahotor and Gabriel, cocoa farmers in Ghana
“Engaging with and raising the participation of impacted communities has been a continuous challenge in sustainability initiatives.”
Veronika Ratri, Business Watch Indonesia (BWI)
Solidaridad, Fairfood, TrustAfrica and Business Watch Indonesia (BWI) are excited to launch our new joint programme, RECLAIM SUSTAINABILITY! This five-year programme (2021-2025) will be implemented in strategic partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, within their Policy Framework Strengthening Civil Society. With this programme, we strive to foster genuine and inclusive sustainability in global value chains, where the voices of farmers, miners, workers and citizens are well represented in decision making, and civil society is strengthened.
In recent years, sustainability has become something of a buzzword in international supply chains, the media, and consumer marketing. However, this has not yet created the desired impact, for there can be no genuine sustainability when the people who produce the products consumed by us all continue living in poverty; when natural resources are not managed sustainably, civic space in many countries is limited, and the working conditions of millions of producers are abject. Farmers, miners and workers are key players in tackling major challenges such as poverty and climate change, yet their voices are often unheard. The global COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the situation of millions of people worldwide.
“The pandemic is exaggerating existing inequalities in food supply chains. While we are all highly dependent on smallholder farmers and workers for our food, they find themselves in exceptionally vulnerable positions. We remain optimistic, as we recognise that the world is gaining momentum to actually build up better as we collectively hit rock bottom. With greatly improved awareness for sustainability from everyone involved in global supply chains – consumers, government and private sector – we can make change happen. Our joint programme taps into this momentum using smart innovations, thus heralding an era of truly inclusive supply chains, in which farmers and workers reclaim their rightful voice.”
Sander de Jong, Fairfood
The COVID-19 has brought an opportunity to learn and revisit how to build strong resilient African food systems and to safeguard food security and sovereignty. For the millions of small scale, peasant and family farmers who are self-employed and rely heavily on moving perishable and non-perishable goods from rural to urban mass markets and consumers, earning a daily wage, this has had disastrous consequences.
By Bethule Nyamambi
TrustAfrica, through its Agriculture Advocacy Programme, convened partners and other stakeholders in a policy and strategy development dialogue: “Agency and Accountability: Securing Citizens’ Voices and Participation in Africa’s Agriculture Development” from 2 to 3 April 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda. The two-day convening brought together participants from across the continent, including regional, strategic partners, smallholder farmer organisations, civil society, and government representatives.
May 10th 2019
Small Scale Farmers (SSFs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the East African region are organizing the 4th EAC Agriculture Budget Summit on Friday, 10 May 2019 in Arusha, Tanzania with the support of Trust Africa, Oxfam Novib, ActionAid and other development partners.
The purpose of the Agriculture Budget Summit is to catalyse participation and inclusion in public financing and policy making for agriculture at the East African Community (EAC) level and enhance mutual accountability to benefit smallholder farmers, including women in the East African region. Prior to the Summit, a one-day pre-summit consultation meeting is scheduled on Thursday, 9 May 2019 and will bring together all invited delegates from the six EAC Partner States.
After a series of policy engagement and advocacy dialogues by SSFs and CSOs with support from TrustAfrica and other development actors, the EAC agriculture budget summit was institutionalised as an annual dialogue framework between farmers, non-state actors, Governments, Agriculture Parliamentary Committee and the EALA’s ATNR during EALA seating in Tanzania Zanzibar on 20th October 2016.
Venue: The Golden Tulip Canaan Hotel, Kampala
Date: 6 – 10 May 2019
TrustAfrica, in partnership with the Dutch Embassy in Uganda, plans to host a media training on transitional justice and international criminal justice in Kampala, Uganda. The purpose of the training is to build the capacity of a select number of media professionals from South Sudan and Uganda to effectively report on and generate constructive public debates on transitional justice developments and international criminal justice at the local, national, regional and international levels. The media’s engagement in generating constructive public debates on accountability will in turn ensure that the media is strategically placed to advance the democratization processes in South Sudan and Uganda.
TrustAfrica, through its Agriculture Advocacy Programme and together with its partners is organizing a policy dialogue convening themed: “Agency and Accountability : Securing Citizens’ Voices and Participation in Africa’s Agriculture Development” from the 2 to 3 April 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda. The convening brings together partners and like-minded institutions to strengthen civic engagement in the agriculture, environment and natural resource policy making space. The convening will profile TrustAfrica’s on-going agriculture advocacy work and impact, as well as advance proposals for harnessing opportunities and initiatives to better support civil society in addressing the pressing challenges in the African agricultural sector. It is a timely platform to strengthen conversations and deepen debates on how to sustain the agenda for a more inclusive and sustained citizen’s voice, amongst a broad base network of non-state actors and, with government actors on emerging and pressing challenges on Africa’s development.
TrustAfrica has co-organized the 1st ECOWAS People’s Agriculture Budget Summit The event, which was held in Abuja, Nigeria, on Wednesday, 12 December 2018, was organized in collaboration with the ECOWAS, ActionAid Global Secretariat, ActionAid Nigeria, Coalition of Non-State Actors on CAADP and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources of Nigeria. TrustAfrica was represented at the meeting by M. Chinedu Nwagwu, Project Director. The overall discussion of the meeting was centered around highlighting the current situation of agriculture investment and expenditure within member states, its effect and impact and how best to increase the quantity and quality of agriculture budget for 2019/2020 fiscal year to benefit women and smallholder farmers in the ECOWAS region.
On behalf of TrustAfrica, Bethule Nyamambi was invited to contribute to the workshop convened by the African Risk Capacity Agency (ARC) and the African Union Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (AU-DREA) held at the African Union, in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, on 26 and 27 November 2018.