ACORD Pan-Africa Food Sovereignty Programme 2007-10 End of Project Evaluation
The Pan African Programme (PAP) was launched by ACORD in 2006 – the focus was on advocacy for food sovereignty and with gender, conflict and HIV/AIDS as intervening themes. To achieve Food Sovereignty in Africa is the overarching aim of the programme and supporting small-holder farmers and other small scale food producers. In the period 2006 to 2009 the campaign on Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) was the main advocacy focus within this, due to the concern that poorly negotiated agreements could damage agricultural livelihoods in Africa as well as also impacting on other areas, including health and education. The goal of the project was to: “Promote food security in Africa through broad based civil society participation in global agricultural trade debates and contribution to EPAs and CAP reform.” The purpose of the project was to: “Democratise the debate on EPAs and CAP to enable poor and marginalised communities dependant on agriculture to articulate their rights and advocate for policies that benefit their development.” We have performed the evaluation of this programme by posing and answering three principal questions: 1) Did the programme do what it said it would do? 2) Did the programme make a difference? 3) Did the programme do the right thing and what lessons can be learnt?