AgriCord is a global alliance of agri-agencies mandated by farmers' organisations. Since 2007 AgriCord implements the Farmers Fighting Poverty Programme. Over 200 farmers' organisations per year are supported in more than 50 developing countries. Farmers FIghting Poverty is a delivery mechanism established in 2007 by which support is provided to farmers' organisations.
Strengthening farmers’ organisations and cooperatives is a necessary condition for economic, social and political development. The theory of change of Farmers Fighting Poverty builds on the vision that farmers’ associations and cooperatives will contribute to more democratic societies (better institutions and dialogue), to higher economic growth (more and better services and products) and to a more equal and more inclusive distribution of income and wealth (increasing involvement of smallholder farmers, particularly women and youth).
A world with a productive family farm sector that is able to feed the world, can only be attained by investing in agriculture and in transformation services and by giving farmers in an organised way full participation in the design and implementation of the development path, leading to a smooth structural transformation of the economy without jeopardising the employment and food provision.
“Family farms are absolutely vital when it comes to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals to end hunger (as outlined in SDG 2) and achieve inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems (as in SDG 12). Raising the income of family farmers is recognised as the key to rural poverty reduction (as in SDG 1).
AgriCord supports farmers’ organisations as vital actors for the implementation of the SDGs. This view on roles and involvement of farmers’ organisations, following peer-to-peer pathways and focusing on their catalytic roles in development processes, is shared with FAO.
 For a more exhaustive presentation of this theory of change: J. Bijman, R. Muradian, J. Schuurman (ed.), Cooperatives, Economic Democratisation and Rural Development: the role of producers’ organisations (forthcoming), Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016, pages 261 sqq.
 EU Commissioner Phil Hogan speech at ASEAN Foundation, 7th November 2016, Jakarta.