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Avaclim – A way of adapting to climate change

L’agro-écologie présente des bénéfices multiples, comme l’amélioration de la productivité des exploitations, le respect des ressources naturelles, la valorisation des savoir-faire locaux…Agroecology presents several benefits, such as the improvement of farms' productivity, the preservation of natural resources, the valuation of local know-how...  In dry areas, usually poor and threatened by climate unbalances, it contributes to maintaining biodiversity, restoring agro-ecosystems and reaching nutritional and food security of the populations.

The Avaclim project aims to create the necessary conditions to spread agroecology in 7 countries located in a dry area: Burkina Faso, Senegal, Morocco, Ethiopia, South Africa, Brazil and India.

The ONG CARI carries this project and got together with a diversity of operators (development practitioners, farmers and scientists) including Agrisud, which coordinates the activities in Morocco with its partner the Norsys Foundation.

The 4 elements of the project: 

► sharing experiences and reinforcing capacities

► assessing agroecological initiatives

► plea

► capitalization and communication

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Strengthening ecologically and economically the activities of Tanafou Yhazi — M’Tsahara

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The Mahoran agriculture suffers from disparities: only a handful of large modern exploitations have access to European aids whereas a large majority of family farms are only surviving. The project is to professionalize an association of women producers through internal governance, agroecological production and agroforestry but also by improving the value-added processing and the marketing.

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Fighting against the deforestation of the Miombo forest – Gilé’s National Reserve – Zambezia province

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Agroecology and fight against deforestation

The Miombo forest close to the National Reserve of Gilé (province of Zambezia) is imminently threatened by slash-and-cut farming.

Since 2014, in order to fight against the degradation of the forest, the project intends to bring about sustainable economic and social development in favour of the neighbouring populations. Thanks to an agricultural model based on the practices of agroecology, natural resources are protected and revenue is produced for the local families.

The project enables 8 communities to create their own group for the common management of the area’s natural resources. It also contributes to disseminate practices against deforestation and land degradation, as well as to establish local value-added production sectors.

All development actions take place in close cooperation with the local communities.

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Learning cycle “Management advice for VSB (Very Small Business)”

Agrisud International continuously strives to help strengthen the NGO response capabilities, associations, professional groups, but also those of its own teams. Transfers of know-how can take place through the implementation of "learning cycles".

 

conseil de gestion aux TPE agricoles familialesLearning cycle  “Management advice for VSB (Very Small Business)”

From the guide "Managing Advice for family farm VSB" (Agrisud, 2015), this cycle is for local advisors assisting farmers or professional agricultural organizations. It is based on the transfer of methodologies and tools:

  • to know advice's overall approach and its variations
  • to know basic agro-economic concepts
  • to identify performance indicators (VSB) and environment's key information
  • to understand data collection and processing tools related to VSB results and environment development
  • to be able to realize an analysis of VSB results taking into account the environment
  • to be able to advise a VSB (sharing observations and follow-up)

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Access to drinking water for poor populations by supporting the creation of VSEs around Niamey and Dosso

68-NIGERThe project’s goal is to test and promote economic models, which could allow poor populations to have access to drinking water.

In order to make this possible, the project supports the creation of a farming VSE to generate income and also an acceptable social price to access the drinking water’s public service.

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Supporting sustainable development of agriculture value chains in North Kivu, North Kivu Province

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Supporting sustainable development of farming activities and value chains in Luozi, Bas-Congo Province

CamionLuoziV2The Territory Luozi is a very rural and populated area. Farming activities occupy the majority of the people. 60% of the local production (cassava, groundnuts, maize, beans...) is intended for markets in large cities of Bas-Congo and Kinshasa.

The project’s goals are to:

  • Strengthen systems and farming practices by promoting agroecology among 2,000 farming families.
  • Develop animal traction and create Professional Groupings for Animal Traction (GPTA).
  • Improve marketing conditions to facilitate the supply of large cities (rural markets, trails and bridges, supporting transports)
  • Promote income-generating activities in the livestock production sector (goats, pigs and poultry) and the handicraft production of palm oil.

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Support to inputs and fishing equipments commercialization – Muanda coastal area – Bas Congo province

MuandaIn Muanda’s coastal area in the Bas-fleuve District, Province of Bas-Congo, fishing is the only income-generating activity.

After a first action from 2010 to 2012 to improve the marketing of fishing goods on urban markets (Boma, Matadi, Kimpese and Kinshasa), Agrisud now supports the Muanda Fishing Association Coordination Agency (CAPM) to set up a supply of inputs and fishing gears.

An input and fishing gear shop will be open for the benefit of the CAPM’s 1500 members.

 

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Sustainable agriculture and farming supply chain professionalization in Mayombe – Bas-Congo province – Lukula and Tshela territories

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The purpose of the project is to fight poverty in rural areas affected by climate change and deforestation.

The food security of the people living in these areas can be improved and local markets can be supplied thanks to a sustainable increase of agricultural production (food crops, coffee, market gardening and small breeding) and with a strong marketing.

Thus there will be a better environmental management of productive spaces.

 

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Learning cycle promoting agroecological practices

 

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Agrisud has a constant focus on boosting the action capacities of NGOs, organizations, professional groups, and also those of its own projects’ teams.

Transfers of skills are made via « learning cycles ».

 

Promoting agroecological practices

 

Based on the “Agroecology in Practice” guide (Agrisud, 2010), this course helps participants learn these practices. 
It is based on transferring methods and tools to: 


 

  • Understand agroecology and its economic, social and environmental dimensions;
  • Understand the sustainable management of a farming system;
  • Analyze the context of operation and identify the appropriate agroecological practices;
  • Be able to spread these practices.

 

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