A few figures:
In 2015, 795 millions people did not have enough food to eat.
Paradoxically, 80 % are smallholders and agricultural workers.
Family farming feeds over 80% of the world's population.
Source : situation mondiale de l'alimentation et de l'agriculture 2015 (FAO)
Problems and challenges
At a time of food, environmental, economic and energy crises, the future of farming families is in danger.
Unable to feed themselves or make a decent living from their work, they are abandoning their activities en masse and migrating to urban areas. However, these farmers hold the key to an important part of our food supply.
Global agriculture finds itself faced with three simultaneous challenges:
- to feed nine billion people by 2050;
- to ensure a decent future for rural populations;
- to refuse to compromise its ability to meet the future needs of humanity.
A law-based approach
Since 2010, ADG has taken up the cause of food sovereignty. Because food sovereignty is a right, indissociable other fundamental rights, ADG has chosen to integrate its action with a view of defending economic, social, cultural and environmental rights, as well as civil and political rights.
The territorial and agro-ecological approaches are for ADG the best means of preserving the environment and strengthening the autonomy and the resilience of farmers. ADG accompanies the agro-ecological transition of farmers through technical support in terms of production, processing and marketing. ADG raises awareness of the importance of a healthy and diverse alimentation from agroecology. Agro-ecology also has an important social and cultural dimension through the creation of jobs and social links, the valorisation of local farmers know-how and the role of women in society.
Support to families and farmers' associations
For ADG, strengthening the capacities of farmers' families and their representative organizations is a priority. Our support is diverse and multiple: improving access to the means of production (seeds, equipment and other inputs), increasing the value of production in order to obtain a decent income, better appropriation of agroecological production techniques, ameliorating the alimentation of the members of farmers' families, especially women and children, and strengthening the management capacities and legitimacy of farmers' organizations and other local development actors.
Healthy food and nutrition
In Belgium and in the field, nutrition and healthy eating are at the heart of ADG's concerns. The fight against malnutrition requires the consumption of healthy and diversified food in sufficient quantities. In the South, our action aims, among other things, to raise awareness of the role of women as guarantors of the nutritional health of the family. In Belgium, ADG carries out awareness raising and mobilization actions in favor of more responsible consumption and more sustainable food systems.
Community management of natural ressources
Agriculture is a process closely linked to natural resources, whether it is land, forests, water or biodiversity. It is crucial to adopt ways of managing these resources which enable them to be valued by the people who depend on them, while preserving them for future generations. ADG aims to strengthen community-based natural resource management through the participation of farmers' organizations and local communities in land-use planning processes.
Education for global and solidary citizenship
ADG gas been operating, since several years, in an important work of education for global and solidary citizenship in Belgium. Through advocacy and outreach, ADG aims to improve understanding of global issues related to food sovereignty, family agriculture in the North and the South, sustainable food systems, responsible consumption and, more generally, North-South interdependencies.
ADG has a proven track record in facilitating synergies involving a wide range of stakeholders. Since 2015, ADG has taken the lead of the ACCs  and the CSCs  in 2 countries (Peru and Senegal) in collaboration with civil society organizations, international NGOs and the authorities and services of the Belgian State . ADG is very active in the platforms of European NGOs (PFONGUE in Senegal) and international NGOs (COECCI in Peru) and is actively involved in other consultative spaces.