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The Agroecology Financing Analysis Toolkit (AFAT)

ESAFF, and ActionAid under the Public Social Accountability (PSA) Alliance, funded by SDC launched an innovative tool in November 2022 to assess the degree to which national budgets and overseas development assistance (ODA) in Africa support a transition to agroecology. The tool went through several revisions, based on input from an advisory group of experts including FAO, BioWatch, CCARDESA and Environmental Monitoring Group, as well as a community of practice facilitated by the Coopération Internationale pour le Développement et la Solidarité (CIDSE) and Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) at Coventry University.

Pilot studies conducted in Zimbabwe and Malawi and at SADC level showed that while policy commitments claim to support agroecology, the actual flow of resources is widely insufficient.

The AFAT tool in April and may is utilized to analyse agriculture policies and budgets in Tanzania and Zambia
The tool has also been posted on the FAO Knowledge Hub and has also been used by activists outside the project for climate change policy analysis in South Africa.
AFAT on the FAO Knowledge Hub.


The Eastern and Southern African Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF) Board decided that it was necessary to compile a governance manual that provides ESAFF leadership with guidelines on governing the regional network of farmer organisations. The manual was developed with a clear motive to enhance good governance in ESAFF and ensure that the ESAFF vision, values and mission are continuously translated into its strategic plans and core activities, implemented by employees and supported by relevant stakeholders. This way, the Board would ensure that the regional farmer network generates added value for its membership. Enhancing good governance is also intended to ensure the effective functioning of the governance structures and their secretariats through compliance with internal policies and standards and laws of the countries in which the network operates, especially those of the country in which it is registered: Tanzania.

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ESAFF CONSTITUTION of August 2007 Ammended version of April 2011 


ESAFF Constitution and Governance Manual (English & French Version)

Communique Budget Summit_07 March 2019_Lusaka

People in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have called for Member States to progressively allocate budgets to agriculture to reach the Malabo Declaration target of at least 10% % to sustain annual agricultural GDP growth of at least 6% annually

Small scale farmers, CSOs and law makers from national parliaments and the Regional SADC Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF) says national investments in agriculture should align with farmers own priorities and focus on financing diversified smallholder support programs, such as extension services, research, climate change adaptation, input support, improving access to finance and market.

EAC EALA Small Scale Farmers Agriculture Budget Summit Report 2016

In June 2014, the Heads of State and Government of the African Union came together in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea and made some bold declaration on Accelerated African Agricultural Growth and Transformation (AGT) for shared prosperity and improved livelihoods reaffirming earlier commitments made in Maputo Declaration (2003) and its core principles and values….

Lobby letter to SADC Heads of State August 2016 Swaziland RWANDA POLICY BRIEF 2015-16

We, small scale farmers, churches, rural women, media and civil society in Southern Africa hereby write to you ahead of the 36th Summit of the SADC Heads of States and Governments, taking place in Swaziland from 29th -30th August 2016…

Small scale farmer Women’s Conference on the SADC RAIIP 2017

The Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers Forum (ESAFF) convened the third annual Regional Smallholder Women’s Farmer Conference on 1st February 2017 under the theme:
“Influencing and Monitoring the SADC Regional Agricultural Investment Plan with Gender Lenses”. The conference deliberated on the implementation of the SADC…


Serikali ya Awamu ya Tano, imeanza kazi katikati ya utekelezaji wa mwaka wa bajeti 2015/16.
Katika uteuzi wa watendaji wakuu wa wizara hasa mawaziri, serikali imepunguza idadi ya wizara kutoka 30 hadi 19. Mabadiliko haya yameigusa Wizara ya Kilimo, Usalama wa Chakula na Ushirika, kwa kuiunganisha na Wizara ya Mifugo na Uvuvi. Wizara nyingine zinazohusika…


Agriculture in Uganda is dominated by small holder farmers who occupy the majority of land and produce most of the crop and livestock products (Salami et al. 2010). In Uganda, small scale farmers are the majority constituting about 85% of the farming community; 12% are medium scale farmers while 3% are large scale farmers (Balya C., 2010). One of the….

Call for Constancy work To Support for the development of a PETS (PSAM) Training Manual and Budget Monitoring Tools for Smallholder farmers in East Africa Countries

ESAFF proposes to produce a simplified training manual Social Accountability Monitoring (SAM)/ Public Expenditure Tracking System (PETS) as well as small scale farmer friendly budget monitoring tools (Pima Cards) to be used in Eastern and Southern Africa

CSOs root for increased agriculture financing in EAC

Civil society organisations in East African Community mobilised by ActionAid, Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG) East and South African Farmers’ Federation (ESAFF) have advocated for increased funding for the agricultural sector

ESAFF Strategic Plan 2014-2016

This document presents the Strategic Plan of ESAFF for the period July 2014 – June 2016. This strategy builds on the achievements, challenges and lessons learnt from the implementation of the previous Strategic Plan 2011-2014. Is enchored on the Malabo D

ESAFF January 2015 e-newsletter

ESAFF e-newsletter for January 2015. Feel free to contact us with any comments

Communique: SADC Resources for SADC Citizens

This is a communique from the SADC People’s Summit which took place from August 15 – 16 2014 at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) in Zimbabwe . It was presented to th SADC Heads of Government

Declaration: AU Malabo Declaration of 2014 Reinforces the Maputo Declaration of 2013

This is the just adopted Malabo declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods 2014 which was applauded by African citizens as one of the few conventions of the African Union and NEPAD whic

AFSA: Towards an Inclusive and Transparent COMESA Biotechnology and Biosafety Policy Development and Implementation Process

The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), an alliance of African farmer and civil society networks and allies has released a statement on the adoption of the COMESA Biotechnology and Biosafety policy by member states

Policy Brief: Harnessing the SADC Regional Agriculture Policy through Smallholder Agriculture, July 2014

This is a Policy Brief by Civil Society organisations working on the SADC RAP and the RAP Result Framework. As SADC citizens welcome the Regional Agricultural Policy (RAP) there are a few critical areas to ensure effective impact.

ESAFF Statement on AU’s African Year of Agriculture 2014

ESAFF Statement on AU’s African Year of Agriculture 2014

INVOLVE_1st Year Narrative Report

INVOLVE_1st Year Narrative Report

ESAFF Communication Toolkit_2013

ESAFF Communication Toolkit_2013

ESAFF Training Handbook on Governance

ESAFF Training Handbook on Governance

ESAFF Advocacy Toolkit_2014

ESAFF Advocacy Toolkit – 2014

MVIWATA_E-Bulletin_July 2013

MVIWATA_E-Bulletin_July 2013

SADC_9th CSF Statement – 14th August 2013

9th Southern Africa Civil Society Forum (10-­R08;14 August 2013, Lilongwe, Malawi) SADC WE WANT: ACTING TOGETHER -­R08; ENSURING ACCOUNTABILITY!

Call For OCA Consultancy 15 April to 15 May 2013

Consultancy For Provision of Organizational Capacity Assesment

New vacancy announcement 2012

ESAFF is hereby announcing positions for a Project Officer, Finance Officer, Communication Officer and others. Closing Date is 5th October 2012

Esaff Newsletter April to July 2011

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the Charter to End Extreme Hunger

The Charter was drafted by a coalition of aid agencies and civil society groups and outlines five key actions that governments of rich and poor countries should take to stop widespread starvation as a result of drought, high food prices and conflict.

EAC Food Security Action Plan 2010-2015

The East African Community Food Security Action Plan has been developed to address food insecurity in the region. It forms the initial step of implementing the provisions of the EAC Treaty as set out in Chapter 18 Articles 105 -110.

EAC Food Security Action Plan 2010-2015

The East African Community Food Security Action Plan has been developed to address food insecurity in the region. It forms the initial step of implementing the provisions of the EAC Treaty as set out in Chapter 18 Articles 105 -110.

ESAFF Brochure with contacts 2010

ESAFF Brochure 2010 with contacts



PELUM Policy Briefing papers on agriculture financing, agro technology and trade

PELUM Policy Briefing papers on agriculture financing, agro technology and trade

ESAFF Constitution as ammended 15th April, 2011, Morogoro, Tanzania

This is the new ESAFF Constitution as it was ammended by ESAFF members during the Triennial General Summit (TGS) held in Morogoro, Tanzania on 15th April 2011