Our philosophy is based on principles such as collaboration and cooperation, grassroots participation, joint learning and respect for the diversity of perspectives and ways of working. These are fundamental elements for the fulfillment of its role as a human rights advocacy organization.


ACTUAR – Association for Cooperation and Development is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-partisan and secular non-governmental organization, established in Coimbra, Portugal, in 2007. Recognized since 2008 as a Non-Governmental Development Organization (NGDO) by Camões – Institute of Cooperation and Language. ACTUAR works actively for a more just, equitable, inclusive and equal society, promoting respect for Human Rights, in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Our Mission

ACTUAR aims to promote the development and fight against poverty and the protection and promotion of Human Rights, contributing to the elimination of all forms of social exclusion and inequality, guaranteeing all and all their fundamental rights, favoring the strengthening of capacities of the groups most vulnerable to food insecurity and climate change.

In order for these objectives to be achieved, ACTUAR has established the following vectors:

Vectors of action

Promotion, development and implementation of participatory territorial development actions, paying particular attention to the valorization of endogenous resources and the protection of the environment and biodiversity, in order to ensure a fair sharing of benefits.
Structuring of cooperation and dialogue actions between and with populations integrating their most vulnerable social groups and institutions, organizations and associations, paying particular attention to the realization of Human Rights in developing countries.
Development of awareness-raising actions on the principles of solidarity, gender equality and opportunities, active, civic and democratic participation, and the importance of combating poverty, injustice and all forms of inequality and social exclusion.
Design, development and implementation of mobilization actionsfor the definition and materialization of public policies based on a Human Rights approach, in particular in the Human Right to Adequate Food and Nutrition.
Promoting intercultural dialogue and enhancing multiculturalism through continued support and networking with other civil society organizations.
Promotion and implementation of capacity-building and related activities such as studies, seminars, exchanges and training activities.


At the national level, the role of ACTUAR in its participation as a member and executing entity of the secretariat of the Portuguese Network for Sovereignty and Food and Nutrition Security stands out.

In Portugal, activities related to the organization of seminars, workshops and congresses, as well as the coordination and execution of studies, as well as actions in the community of Coimbra in the sphere of urban agriculture, involving local governmental actors, urban farmers and academic entities.


At the regional level, ACTUAR participated actively in the discussion, elaboration and implementation of the Regional Strategy on Food and Nutrition Security of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (ESAN-CPLP), as the entity that facilitates the secretariat of the Mechanism for Facilitating Civil Society Participation in CONSAN-CPLP (MSC-CONSAN) and the Civil Society Network for Food and Nutrition Security in the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (REDSAN-CPLP).

In addition, it has also participated in initiatives carried out in Portuguese-speaking countries (Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe and East Timor), in particular with regard to training, public debate and discussion of initiatives, studies and analysis related to Food and Nutrition Security and its transversal areas.


At the international level, ACTUAR participates in ongoing discussions within the United Nations World Food Security Committee and the Global Network on the Right to Food and Nutrition.

Since 2017, ACTUAR is also an elected member of the Civil Society Mechanism Coordination Committee of the Global Council on Food Security (MSC-CSA), representing Northern Non-Governmental Organizations, where it has actively participated in the global and European monitoring of the Human Right to Adequate Food and Nutrition.

Escola Superior Agrária de Coimbra
Quinta Agrícola Bencanta
3045-601 Coimbra, Portugal

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