Q2: Partner Profile – World Farmers’ Organisation

By Valeria Di Marzo, Communications Manager, World Farmers’ Organization

The World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) is a member-based organisation representing a global community of entrepreneurial farmers that – regardless of gender, age, or farm size – aim to see their role as food producers and economic actors globally recognised.

Our mandate has always been clear: bring the farmers’ voice into the global political dialogue on agriculture and advocate for the interests of the worldwide farming community in all relevant processes impacting the agricultural sector. We do this by scaling local solutions into global ones, replicating successes, and inspiring producers from one country to another. The processes that we’re engaging in include the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations, and the Committee on World Food Security.

Advocacy is one of the most crucial elements of our organisation. Successful advocacy relies on strong policies, and policies can only be strong when they effectively reflect members’ positions. At WFO, we operate under a farmer-driven approach, led by working groups and committees that allow our members to work together toward balanced and consensual policy papers and positions.

Another of our guiding principles is the science-based approach. Science is at the core of all our political positions, validating our work. To ensure this, we created an independent Scientific Council in 2020 to equip us with the best scientific advice to further enhance the farmers’ perspectives.

At WFO, we strive to create the right conditions for the adoption of policies and programs that can improve the economic environment and livelihood of our producers and rural communities, strengthening the contribution of agriculture in tackling the challenges humankind is facing today. But we cannot do this alone. We see partnerships and projects as essential tools to support our farmers in their advocacy work and capacity-building programs.

We’ve come a long way since we began in 2011, today counting affiliates from 53 countries. We manage more than 50 partnerships with global and regional farmers’ organisations, international organisations, financial institutions, scientific institutions, private sector bodies, and companies. Our work is focused on four main project streams:

  • The Gymnasium, a capacity-building program to train young farmers as future leaders in the agricultural sector.
  • The Climakers “Farmers Driven Climate Change Agenda,” which enhances the position of the farmers in the global political discussion on agriculture and climate change, promoting farmers’ contribution to the Paris Agreement.
  • Transitional Agriculture, a 3-year exchange program to work closely with African Farmers’ Organisations on the challenges and solutions facing family farming in fast-changing, transitional contexts.
  • Demeter, which aims to digitally transform the agri-food sector through 20 pilot programs across five agricultural sectors with global scalability and replicability potential.

These projects are further empowering the world’s farmers to adapt to and tackle the growing challenges and pressures they are facing from climate change; they would not be possible without support from our partners.

And we’re honoured to continue building on our multi-year relationship with CropLife International to help the global farmers’ community to innovate, thrive, and advance toward more sustainable food systems.