NANTS organized a capacity building /training workshop for stakeholders on engagement strategy with the farmers manifesto produced by farmers’ organizations and agro-based stakeholders under the auspices of the Voices for Food Security. It would be recalled that in view of the fact that small scale farmers and traders have been short-changed over the years by politicians who only remember them when they need their votes; NANTS organized a series of workshops that articulated the demands of farmers into a document called the ‘farmers manifesto’ and ‘traders charter of demands’ respectively. The idea of the farmers’ manifesto is to have a document which highlights the concerns, needs and interests of farmers and translate same into demands by farmers, especially the small-scale farmers for the endorsement of the political class and candidates of various political parties that may seek farmers’ votes. The document would become a veritable tool for them to advocate for inclusion in policy and programmes targeted at the agricultural sector in order to sustain their livelihoods and improve their economic status. The workshop gathered about fifty participants and had the following objectives:
- To share updates on the planned advocacy strategies and compare notes for lessons for effective implementation as the 2019 elections approach.
- To train small scale farmers, producers and traders on the contents of the Manifesto and how to engage the political office seekers and holders with the document.
- To develop strategy for further engagement with the political class and government