On the International Day Against Child Labor, June 12, 2021, global civil society on child labor in cocoa calls on chocolate and cocoa companies and governments on pledge to end labor children in the cocoa sector in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.

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Every year on 22 April, the whole world celebrates the Earth Day. Land is the basic resource, essential for food and life for humans and animals. Land is a common good that must be preserved. The degradation of the land has repercussions on the whole society: producers and consumers. Today, the problem of the climate and food crisis is acute on the African continent. It is reflected in temperature disturbances, floods, drought, the proliferation of predators such as insect pests, the loss of biodiversity and food security.

Excessive exploitation of the land and the intensification of the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides are destroying the natural resources of the land and rendering it incapable of regenerating. Sustainably preserving the land for healthy and sustainable food is a major challenge.

Meeting this challenge requires the adoption of good agricultural and livestock production practices. It also calls for policy measures to support the sustainable adoption of practical solutions that preserve and renew the natural potential of the land.

It is high time that African governments and civil society organisations question industrial agriculture and mobilise for agroecology as the sustainable agricultural system that gives good and sustainable life to the land. Feeding the earth well so that it feeds the plants and the plants feed people and animals. This is the concept behind Produce Without Destroying.

This mobilisation is in response to the appeal launched by the Inades-Formation network through the campaign called “Conscience AlimenTERRE”. This campaign was launched on 25 March 2021 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. It will be implemented in the network’s countries of intervention and where the partner platforms are active.

This campaign reminds us of the problems of pesticides and chemical fertilisers in relation to soil degradation, pollution, toxicity and the health of farmers and consumers. The campaign calls for citizen mobilisation and policy measures to promote agroecology as the most nature-friendly, environmentally friendly, economically viable and socially just solution to the food and climate crisis in Africa.

The celebration of Mother Earth Day reminds us that agroecologically based food systems must be made the most urgent and critical policy priority for Africa in the run-up to COP-26 and beyond.

It is also an ideal opportunity for all actors mobilised in the implementation of the United Nations Decade for Family Farming (UNDAF 2019-2028). To this end, the

To this end, the celebration of this day deserves to be included in the national action plans for the implementation of the objectives of this agenda 2019-2028.

Thus, “Produce Without Destroying” remains an issue and a challenge. It is the key to healthy and sustainable food for all.

 

Mr. Baridomo Pascal,

Strategic Advisor on Sustainable Systems Development, 

Advocacy Officer at the General Secretariat of Inades-Formation

Illustration image: by Bela Geletneky from Pixabay

 

Inades-Formation Burkina organized from 28th to 29th May 2020 in Dédougou a reflection workshop with the Local Innovators and Community Learning Circles (CILAC). This workshop aimed at making them more operational. About twenty representatives from seven CILACs participated in this activity. It is part of the implementation by Inades-Formation Burkina of the project on repositioning food for sovereignty. This project, which is being implemented in the Boucle du Mouhoun region, benefits from financial support from Misereor.

Local Innovators and Community Learning Circles (CILAC) are groups of 4 to 5 farmers who are experiencing the same realities and changes in agro-sylvo-pastoral production. These groups are constantly experimenting with solutions to the challenges they face.

Within the framework of the implementation of the project for the enhancement of sovereignty food by Inades-Formation Burkina during the period 2017-2019, seven (07) CILACs were set up in the Boucle du Mouhoun region, including 5 in the Mouhoun province and 2 in the Kossi province. The role of these CILACs is to document their observations, identify and document alternative solutions, experiment these alternative solutions and share the learning with community members and local partners.

Group work during the workshop

The work of the workshop to define benchmarks for evaluating the value added of the services provided by CILACs in their community led to the achievement of two main results.

The first is the definition of 05 benchmarks/criteria for evaluating the added value of the services provided by CILACs. These benchmarks are as follows:

  • increase in agricultural yields through the use of the services offered by the CILACs,
    the degree of mobilization of the population around the services provided by the CILACs,
    decreased spending on modern inputs,
    the appreciation by the population of the services rendered by the CILACs,
    the solicitation of authorities (municipal and technical) for the services rendered by CILACS

The second important result achieved is the identification of the main elements of the 2020-2022 action plan for each CILAC. These main elements relate in particular to the areas of activities, the actions/activities to be carried out, the actors to be involved in carrying out the activities and the implementation period.

The Dédougou workshop was also an opportunity to improve the participants’ knowledge of the concept of CILAC, the role and responsibilities of this structure, its mode of operation and the field of activities. This reflection and training workshop represents an important step for the CILACs in the process of operationalizing their actions.

However, the low level of education of their members is a handicap for their development. To this end, reflections are underway to enable them to meet the challenges they face in their work.

Participants in the reflection and training workshop for the members of the CILACs of the Boucle du Mouhoun

Samuel SOMDA / Inades-Formation Burkina Faso