The Réseau pour la Sécurité et la Souveraineté Alimentaire en RD Congo – RESSAC (Network for Food Security and Sovereignty in DR Congo) is an innovative initiative set up by peasant organizations and indigenous and local agricultural producers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. At its creation, it brought together 14 founding member organizations and currently has 342 peasant organizations and agricultural producer organizations grouped and supported in 5 provincial coordinations (South Kivu, North Kivu, Maniema, Tanganyika and Kinshasa).
Since its creation, RESSAC has professionalized and distinguished itself as a tool for the defense and promotion of family and agro-ecological farms which constitute the main production system in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in the neighboring countries in Africa.
RESSAC operation is based on three basic principles:
1) Innovation, consolidation and strengthening of peasant and rural capacities and solidarity which gives a place to all members and takes into account all categories of peasant organizations and indigenous and local agricultural producers in each operational province and which supports peasant organizations and agricultural producers members in the recognition of their identity, their rights and their roles;
2) Promoting the culture of consensus, which is the preferred approach for deciding and acting together;
3) Improving transparency in the management of bodies that have an obligation to report to members and regularly ensure the renewal of terms of office within the network.