The network of Peasant organizations and Producers in West Africa (ROPPA) was officially founded on July 2000. The network gathers organizations or executives coming from 10 West African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, the Ivory Coast, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo). ROPPA has as an aim to host farmer organizations from all the ECOWAS countries that represent the real West Africa. ROPPA would like to reach the following objectives: • promote and defend the values of a competitive and sustainable farming agriculture at the disposal of peasant farming and agricultural production • inform and form the members of farming organizations and agricultural producers associations on the basis of relevant experiences of ROPPA members and the other participants in the development • foster dialogue and cooperation between ROPPA and other similar regional or foreign organizations ROPPA’s two main activities are: • reinforcing the abilities in order to improve the living conditions on a long-term basis • proposing to the decision makers and to the partners the guidelines, priorities, programmes and actions that entitle West African agriculture to take up the challenges of a sustainable food security and of a decent future for family farms. ROPPA also runs the following programmes: • Funds for Capacity building projects of the Peasant Organizations and Producers. • Development of the Rural Identity Card as an information and help tool for the decisions of family farmers and their organizations. • Peasant Organizations and Producers reflection to make proposals which improve the national policies for Rural Development and the Common Agricultural Policy inside the under-region. ROPPA publishes press articles and press releases. The website, in English and French, features further details on ROPPA’s documents, other downloadable resources, agenda, e-forum and useful links.