Organic for all Campaign (O4ALL Campaign)
Small-scale producers, their families and communities, are struggling against hunger and food insecurity caused by unsustainable food systems. Poor diets and malnutrition, accompanied by the climate crisis, biodiversity loss, natural resource degradation and ecosystem fragility, are challenging current food systems and require a bold transformation.
Agriculture is one of the key focus areas of the partnership between the European Union (EU) and the Africa Union (AU), with the EU’s focus being on facilitating a green transition according to its Green Deal (GD) objectives. Agroecology is instrumental for realizing 12 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, including the reduction of poverty and hunger; and, because it requires fewer external inputs and shortens value chains, agroecology empowers farmers and local communities. It is part of a holistic response to some of the greatest challenges to planetary health – helping to cut waste, reduce emissions and stop the pollution of natural environments.
Premised on the systems change agenda, FIDEP Foundation initiated the Organic for all Campaign (O4All Campaign) to advocate for a just and sustainable food system based on food sovereignty, where production and distribution are radically localised and co-operative. Our vision is to build a bio-regional grassroots mobilization that supports a holistic systems change agenda where everyone is fed by farms that work with the natural world, demand an end to nature loss, a right to nature for all and a right to organic for all. Specifically, the O4All Campaign seeks:
- To mobilize at international, national and local levels and connect research and development, science, social movements and local knowledge to inform donors and policy makers, and foster innovation on agroecology and the systems change agenda.
- To empower people to advocate for an agroecological transformation of food systems through cooperation with private sector development, policy exchanges, and multi-stakeholder dialogues in Africa.
- Increase visibility of programmes and projects in Africa that are effectively implementing and scaling up agroecological transition by sharing available evidence, farmer testimonies and learnings on “what works” from programme/project implementation and making policy recommendations for radical agrarian reforms.
- To create a space to share experiences and knowledge on current respective activities of agroecology stakeholders, with the final goal of strengthening collaborations and synergies in Africa.