Press release : Impact of COVID-19 on african farmers and the proposed answers

The Pan African Farmers’ Organization (PAFO) and its member networks diligently deal with the various challenges and impacts generated by the exceptional situation related to the coronavirus for the agricultural and food sectors, as well as for farmers’ families on the African continent.

To assess the impact of Covid-19 on farmers in Africa, ensure better monitoring and develop recommendations appropriate to the situation, PAFO and its member networks carried out a study covering the entire continent with supporting recommendations, for governments and technical and financial partners.

Entitled “THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON AFRICAN FARMERS AND THE PROPOSED RESPONSES”, the study took into account the realities of the five (5) PAFO member networks across the continent. The study highlights the magnitude of the impact of Covid-19 on African farmers and calls on the respective governments, partners and stakeholders to work on the implementation of the proposed recommendations in order to improve lives and the well-being of African farmers.

The results of the study highlight the detrimental effects of Covid-19 which has caused a number of common challenges that directly affect all farmers on the continent. These challenges range from market disruptions, declining income, loss of jobs and livelihoods due to increased food insecurity, to arriving at the expected decline in production due to the disruption of the next few planting seasons.

In light of the results of the study, PAFO offers recommendations ranging from strengthening support to farmers and their organizations, to maximizing opportunities in agriculture and agro-food processing on the African continent, through promoting the innovations and opportunities of the African Continental Free Trade Area.

About PAFO

Th Pan-African Farmers’ Organization (PAFO), created in October 2010, is a continental organization with legal personality and financial autonomy, with a membership base made up of regional farmers networks. It is the voice of tens of millions of African farmers represented in nearly 70 national organizations, unions, federations, cooperatives, associations, etc. ,present in more than 45 countries on the continent, and united in five regional networks, operating at the heart of African agriculture, namely:

  • The East African Farmers Federation (EAFF) covering the eastern region.
  • The Regional Platform of Farmers’ Organizations of Central Africa (PROPAC) covering the central region. 
  • The Network of Farmers’ Organizations and Agricultural Producers of West Africa (ROPPA) covering the western region.
  • The Confederation of Agricultural Unions of Southern Africa (SACAU), covering the southern region.
  • The Maghreb and North African Union of Farmers (UMNAGRI), covering the region of North Africa.

Media contact
Insaf Boughdiri, Communication Officer