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28/02/2019

During its 7th Ordinary Convention in Banjul on 1-3 December 2018, the Network of Farmers’ and Agricultural Producers’ Organisations of West Africa (ROPPA) unanimously appointed its new president, Mr Ibrahim Coulibaly. An active farmer in the region of Koulikoro, Mali, Coulibaly has been a prominent figure of the peasant farmers’ movement since the early 2000s. He is the founder of the National Coordination of Peasant Organisations (CNOP) in Mali, which he has chaired since 2005. He has been member of the ROPPA board of directors since 2000 and became ROPPA’s vice-president in 2014. That same year, he was appointed UN Ambassador for the International Year of Family Farming. In a video interview about his new mandate as ROPPA president, Coulibaly identifies three key actions for the region: 1) Harmonise West Africa’s trade balance in order to become financially self-sufficient; 2) Tackle the problem of youth integration; and 3) Address the problem of food dependence with the support of family farming. “Young people haven’t received the attention they deserve,” he said. “Everybody talks about youth, but there are only few programmes designed to support the rural youth who are the majority. They are desperate because agriculture doesn’t provide them with enough income. […]. He added, “We have one of the most scandalous food bills in the world, which means that we are working to enrich other countries while our youth are not working and could have fed us.”

 

Watch the video interview (French)