Established since 1987, ADG is now a well known Belgian NGO active for the promotion of agro-ecology and improvement of food sovereignty, supporting family farmers’ activities, and engaged for responsible consumption and healthy feeding practices in Belgium, Cambodia, Laos, Senegal, Benin, Peru and Bolivia.
Since 2010, ADG emphasized on food sovereignty because it is a complementary right part of other fundamental rights; ADG decided to focus its future actions on defending economic, social, cultural and environmental rights.
Together with our partners, we build capacities of family farmers and other target groups to exercise their rights and defend them through:
• information and awareness;
• Technical, methodological, equipment, material, and financial supports to local dynamics;
• Training of these families and other local development actors;
• Promoting dialogue between farmers’ organizations, local stakeholders and authorities in the interest of family farming; and
• Advocacy actions (directly or carried out by our partners).
However, ADG right-base approach brings to tackle topics also relevant with other sectors such as environment, social economy, health, and education for development. And finally, ADG pays specific attention to consider women and young farmers mainstreaming in its actions.
ADG strategy of actions is specified under several themes. In most cases, actions are associating different themes in order to effectively improve target groups’ situation in the full exercise of their rights and to benefit greater food sovereignty. These actions are based on a complementary and close collaboration with other stakeholders, in particular with ADG “structural partners”.
1. Strengthening Civil Society (local organizations and institutional multi-actors networks)
2. Support to productive agriculture activities in line with an agro-ecological approach
3. Value-addition to family farming (storage and processing, quality standard recognition, direct markets)
4. Natural Resources Management (NRM)
5. Healthy food
6. Financial mechanisms adapted to farmers’ needs (local development funds, financial services)
7. Trainings to local actors involved in sustainable development
8. Awareness on societal challenges
9. Advocacy to influence local context on family farming and food sovereignty
Basic unconditional principles are cross-cutting the implementation of actions:
1. Strategies and actions are identified, prepared and reviewed commonly between partners
2. Pro-active participation to networks; institutional rapprochement with partners sharing similar values
3. A joint presence of ADG and its partners in the field to ensure complementarities and value addition
4. Methodological participatory approaches all along projects’ cycles
5. Vulnerability inclusion; gender and intergenerational balance
6. Exchanges and participatory development of knowledge
7. Learning, capitalizing on knowledge gained, and continuous improvement of quality deliveries