Minka international

Support network for sustainable family farming

The Minka network

We are a network of organisations of different natures: international NGOs, farmers'
organisations, cooperatives, sharing a common vision of sustainable foods systems and the
ambition to support family farming.

Founded in 2020 after more than 2 years of reflection between partners, the Minka network
is now composed of 9 members from 3 continents: Africa, America and Europe.

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The organization works to contribute to the socio-economic development of rural populations



Autre Terre therefore focuses on social and solidarity economy, agro-ecology and waste management projects in Africa and Latin America.

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Since 1998, CARI has been fighting against the destruction of soils in arid environments, victims of climate change, in the Maghreb and the Sahel.

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Its development approach is based on the mobilization and support of local communities with the objective of harmonious and sustainable development

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The Latin American Guarantee Fund is an institution that grants guarantees to facilitate access to credit

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Regroups more than 3000 village groups wanting to constitute a strong and credible peasant movement

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The NGO aspires to a world where everyone can live in dignity and develop their potential



The objective of the organization is to move towards a more just world

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Humundi (formerly SOS Faim) is a Belgian development NGO, active in the fight against hunger and poverty in Africa and Latin America.



Terra Nuova’s objective is to strengthen the social actors present in their countries of intervention

The Minka Principles

Minka International gathers 10 institutions from the North and the South sharing this common vision of sustainable family farming, agroecology and food sovereignty.

Sustainable food system

Following the definition used by the FAO, it is a food system that delivers food and nutrition security for all in such a way that the economic, social and environmental bases to generate food and nutrition security for future generations are not compromised. This means that:

  • It is profitable (economic sustainability);
  • It has broad-based benefits for society (social sustainability);
  • It has a positive or neutral impact on the natural environment (environmental sustainability)

Sustainable family farming

Corresponds to an agricultural production system managed by a family (both women and men) and committed to the sustainable development of people and the planet. These farms include economic, environmental, social, reproductive and cultural functions.


Corresponds to a production system based on the functionalities offered by ecosystems. In other words, nature can be considered the primary factor of production. The objective is to reduce the pressure on the environment and thus preserve natural resources as much as possible.

Food sovereignty

Corresponds to the right of people to be able to make their own strategic decisions and agricultural and food policies, to ensure their food security.

The Minka lines of action

As of 2018, 9 civil society organizations considered creating a common network that would allow them to participate in collective actions aimed at multiplying their influence and impact on policy and operational levels

Capitalization and capacity building

Mutual capacity building and capitalisation of North-South-East-West cross experiences
between members.


Advocacy for sustainable food systems and family farming

Development of joint projects and initiatives

The development and implementation of joint project proposals in favor of family farming and sustainable food systems with activities that revolve around the assembly, writing and submission of projects, etc.

Expertise on cereals and the agroecological response to climate change

The development of specific expertise on two key topics:

  • Cereals, in the light of the cross-cutting issues of climate resilience, and the recognition of the role of women and their support in the cereal sector
  •  Resilience/climate justice through the prism of young people’s inclusion and the added value of agroecology

Synergies and support for members

Networking of members, notably through working groups, to facilitate synergies, develop and support joint projects and provide specific technical support as required.

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