PAFO is made up of five regional farmers' associations from across Africa and represents farmers from all African countries. With the foundation of PAFO there exist now two continent-wide farmers' organisation. The Committee of Professional Agricultural Organisations (COPA) represents farmers of 96 organisations in Europe and PAFO represents farmers' groups from African countries. In Asia, the Asian Farmers' Association (AFA), a regional alliance of nine farmer federations in eight Asian countries, representing 10 million farmers, wants to become the voice of all small-scale women and men farmers in Asia.
The sub-regional networks of farmers' organizations and agricultural producers of the Maghreb (UMAGRI), Southern Africa (SACAU), Central Africa (PROPAC), East Africa (EAFF) and Africa (ROPPA), are working together since 2003 on issues of continental concern and have a significant impact on African agriculture.
These networks have been working together on NEPAD, APE, on the integration at the continental level, on issues related to land, and the modernization of family farming, as engine of the African economy.
The lessons learned from these consultation processes with peasants and farmers have highlighted the need to establish coordination at continental level, with the aim to harmonize their vision, to hear the voice of farmers and encourage their involvement in the development and implementation of development policies affecting agriculture and rural development at the continental level.
PAFO embraces a vision of agriculture that is favourable to family farmers:
- One that guarantees food, employment and revenue to family farmers in a sustainable manner;
- One that provides and adds value to products for industrial purposes;
- One that generates solidarity and social security;
- One that adds value to our traditional knowledge and experiences;
- One that ensures equitable access to productive resources and sustainable management of natural resources.