We are Kafo.

Who we are

25,000 farmers leading their own development.

20 years ago, tired of the precarious living conditions and the lack of state intervention, some groups of farmers and rural producers in Guinea-Bissau came together under the Kafo Federation, bringing their demands into the spotlight: to lift themselves from poverty and subservience and become advocates of their own socio-economic, cultural, environmental and spiritual development.

From 2000 to today: over 20 years of success.

  • Number of members: from 750 to 25,000 farmers (62% women, 25% young people, 13% men)

  • Villages involved: from 6 to 500 villages

  • Regions involved: From 1 region (Oio) to 3 regions (Oio, Cacheu and Bafata)

  • Overall growth: around +400%

After 20 years of constant growth and with the fundamental support of Swissaid and ICCO, today the Kafo Federation is able to meet all the needs of its recipients, with facilities that offer peasants and farmers the chance to gain vocational training, become more productive with sustainable crops, defend their land and rights, creating a self-determined society that offers increasingly more space for women and young people, who until now were relegated to the margins of rural society.

Today Kafo is one of the most reliable partners for NGOs, foundations and governmental institutions, universities and research centres who know that they can cooperate with an organisation supported by a solid popular base, managed by a skilled team who work steadfastly to implement projects that become a powerful driver of economic and social development for the whole country.

Where we are

Guinea-Bissau. A small country seeking to rise again.

The Kafo Federation works in Guinea-Bissau, a Western African country bordering to the west with the Atlantic Ocean, to the north with Senegal and to the east and south with the Republic of Guinea (Conakry).

Today the Federation runs development programmes in the Oio, Cacheu and Bafatà regions in the north and east of the country, and in the cross-border areas near southern Senegal (Casamance) and Gambia. A vast area that expands every year.

The Foundation’s activities are organised and managed from two sites: the administrative and financial site in the capital Bissau, and the rural centre of Djalicunda, in the north of the country, which is the operational, training and community site.

Our team

This is just part of our team.

The other 25,000 are at work in the rural villages.

These are the people in our team, who support the 25,000 federation farmers in their emancipation from poverty and social and cultural empowerment on a daily basis. All the members of the team have solid professional experience in the administrative, financial, technical or logistics sectors, and every member’s work is regularly assessed by external professionals.

Sambú Seck
Sambú Seck Segretary general
Celestino Mendes
Celestino Mendes Head of Administration and Finance
Edué Faustino Badinca
Edué Faustino Badinca Executive secretary
Sydney Alves dos Santos
Sydney Alves dos Santos Project manager
Eduardo Lourenço Mendes
Eduardo Lourenço Mendes Northern regions project coordinator
Marcelino Joaquim da Silva
Marcelino Joaquim da Silva Southern regions project coordinator
Cádia Jaime Fernandes
Cádia Jaime Fernandes Gender equality and female leadership project manager
Belomi Camará
Belomi Camará Acting director of the Djalicunda rural centre

Different cultures, ethnic groups and languages make us a stronger team.

In our team, differences are seen as opportunities for development, and an aptitude for cooperation, cohesion and equality make a distinctive impression on both the organisation of the team and on the individual projects.

Today, 70% of the team are rural staff trained by the Kafo Federation who have returned to work professionally in the rural development sector. This means that the development model fostered by our Federation works!

Our organisation

From survival to prosperity: this is our virtuous circle.

The strong farming base of our Federation can be seen at the start and the end of a chain of well-organised and effectively managed actions.  

The family production units, known as “Tabancas”, joined together in farmers’ and rural producers’ organisations, express their needs to the organisation, management and operations team. 

Based on in-depth studies, the team develops projects which are submitted to the farmers and institutional partners and sponsors involved. 

When all the stakeholders have agreed on the proposal, the project is launched by three departments: the administrative department, the logistics and operations department and the sales department, all managed by the General Secretariat. 

The three departments liaise constantly to ensure the pro-active cooperation and participation of the farming community, up to the launch and development of each project.

The administrative department offices in the capital Bissau are where the technical and professional staff manage administration and finance, relations with public and private partnerships and awareness raising activities towards civil society organisations, the United Nations, international NGOs, universities, research institutes and the government.

The logistics and operational department is run from the Djalicunda Centre, offering a wide range of services to the local community: from training courses to school allotments, from community radio to canteens, from warehouses to the processing and quality control centre, from the seed bank to housing. The centre provides hospitality to partners and sponsors during meetings, studies and conferences on rural development and environmental sustainability.

The sales department is run by a company (KAFO-COM & Sarl) that oversees the sale, distribution and promotion of the produce placed on the market by the local farmers, offering new and more profitable market opportunities. This generates new sources of income for the rural families and new opportunities for employment for categories that are often marginalised, such as women and young people.

Our mission

From farmer to farmer, for a self-determined, prosperous society.

The Kafo Federation implements projects that help rural communities to become better organised, self-governed to a high professional and economic level, in full control of common assets including water, land, seed varieties and environmental biodiversity, working to defend their rights and interests and becoming the driving force for development in all the country’s socio-cultural and economic spheres. 

Put into practice for over 20 years, this mission has allowed us to introduce a series of major structural changes in the social and cultural fabric of the country.

The rural population rises above the poverty line
Families’ health improves
Social cohesion increases
Local traditions and natural resources are protected
Women and young people join the production chain
Gender inequalities are overcome
Social and climatic challenges are effectively managed
Social demands are taken on board at institutional level

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