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Food sovereignty brief n°15: Family farming in West Africa: To qualify statements enabling discussions to go on

At the end of the 90’s, with the rise of the concept of «family farming» (FF), debates about the future of West African farming
begin. Fifteen years later, FF is better known, defined and documented. Farmer organisations (FO), NGOs, scientists but also
international organisations, States and regional organisations seem to agree on the importance of this production model in the
region. Nevertheless, does this apparent consensus hide real differences of opinions, too simple answers to very hard
questions? Family farming is often simplified but it also implies strong oppositions: for some, it is stuck in misery and for
others, it is competitive and resistant to everything. In the light of knowledge and points of view particularly expressed at the
International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), this report analyses some statements often expressed in order to remind the
complexity of realities.

Read the brief in English: http://inter-reseaux.org/IMG/pdf/bds_no15_idees_recues_englais_mis_en_page.pdf
Read the brief in French: http://www.inter-reseaux.org/IMG/pdf/bds_no15_26-03-2015.pdf

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