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Development and integrated management of water resources in the Bory and Beaulieu localities – Commune de Bas Limbé

Aménagement et gestion intégrée de la ressource en eau dans les localités de Bory et de Beaulieu

The towns of Bory and Beaulieu are located in isolated areas subject to flooding and erosion problems. The objective of the project is to improve the living conditions of the populations by securing and enhancing the value of water resources.

The approach based on the integrated management of water resources adopted by Agrisud and its partner GRADIMIRH makes it possible to simultaneously meet the needs for drinking water and agricultural water while preserving the watershed. A drinking water supply and irrigation system for small market garden plots has been set up. The development of the watershed has made it possible to secure the source and the infrastructure while maintaining efficient agricultural activity. Thanks to the coordination of several partners and the involvement of communities, sustainable management of drinking water is implemented.

400 families now have access to drinking water from 2 standpipes. 13 ha of land are valued and protected according to agro-ecological principles. Local organizations are strengthened for the sustainable management of this scarce resource.

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Community engagement and livelyhood protection – District Nakai, Nam Theun

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Nakai-Nam Theun is the second largest protected area in Laos for its biological and cultural diversity. The ethnic groups who live there depend largely on the natural resources there for their daily subsistence.

A study was carried out to assess, among other things, the impact of development and conservation actions implemented for more than 10 years by the National Park Management Office. Agrisud participated in the development, implementation and writing of this study, in collaboration with the Livelihood team of the Wildlife Conservation Association and the teams of decentralized offices in the Districts of Nakai, Gnommalath and Khamkert, in the Province of Khammouane .

Funded by the World Bank, it is part of the sub-project "Capacity building of the National Park Management Office to effectively manage the watershed of the protected area". This study made it possible to carry out an agrarian diagnosis, to inventory the natural resources used by the villagers, as well as to identify the shortcomings of past actions and current needs in order to implement priority actions to improve the standard of living. about 7,500 people living in and around the Nakai-Nam Theun protected area.

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Mahavotra II: Forestry, Agroforestry and Land-Use Planning – Itasy Region

Mahavotra 2 : foresterie, agroforesterie et aménagement du territoire en Région Itasy

Located on the high plateaus near the capital Antananarivo, the Itasy region is characterized by heavily degraded agricultural areas, with frequent erosion and constantly shrinking forests.

The economic and social consequences are important for a population which tends to abandon these rural spaces to migrate to urban centers.

In this context, the Mahavotra program aims to professionalize agriculture and ecological transition as a lever for sustainable development in the Region.

It is part of a decentralized cooperation framework between the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region and the Itasy Region, focusing on several axes:

  • territory-to-territory cooperation
  • agricultural vocational training
  • development and enhancement of agricultural areas
  • reduction of the environmental footprint

More than 6,000 small family farms are supported in the ecological transition, the evolution towards agro-ecological practices allowing them to adapt to the constraints of the environment. The “Regional Center for Agricultural Training” and the networks of “Master-farmers” contribute to the spread of these good practices in the municipalities of the territory. The Itasy Region is strengthened in its capacity to manage and plan its territorial development; it can measure the effects on the natural environment.

After 10 years, this program has real effects on food security, employment and the improvement of living conditions of the populations, as well as on the preservation and resilience of the territories, leading to a stabilization of the populations. It contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Sun pump installations for vegetable farming – Cap Skirring

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In Cap Skirring, agriculture remains little developed compare to the high demand of the tourism sector for fruit and vegetables.

Implemented in this region since 2009, the project aims to develop agricultural VSBs to improve the local supply of fresh produce to the Club Med Village and local markets. Since then, around 170 families deliver more than 10 tons of a large variety of vegetables each year, for a turnover of more than € 10,000.

In 2014, in order to maintain these results, a project was initiated to install solar pumps in the gardens in order to guarantee access to safe and efficient irrigation water during the dry season.

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Enhancing Nutrition of Upland Farming Families (ENUFF) in Oudomxay and Huaphan provinces

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Laos launched its National Nutrition Plan for populations living in isolated mountainous areas where undernutrition still persists.

It is a complex task that requires action on multiple levels and long-term interventions for effective and sustainable results. Agrisud in collaboration with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) engages in an innovative and dynamic project by means of an integrated approach that links agriculture with nutrition.

Project ENUFF (Enhancing Nutrition for Upland Farming Families) is implemented in 40 mountainous villages. The agricultural aspect of the project has been taken over by Agrisud. Its goal is to improve agricultural techniques thanks to agroecology, to diversify crops and establish marketing sectors. Access to healthy and adequate food is one of the main factors that improve nutrition in Laos.

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Learning cycle promoting good agroecological practices

Cycle d'apprentissage des bonnes pratiques agroécologiques au Laos

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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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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Forestry and agroecology in the mountains of northern Laos (FORAE I) – Luang Prabang Province

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After a first successful operation between 2009 and 2012, the goal of this project is to keep fighting against the poverty of people living in the mountains in northern Laos. 
For that purpose, the natural resources have to be rehabilitated, safeguarded and valued (water, soil, biodiversity).

The project will also adapt to climate change and mitigate its consequences (agricultural systems’ resilience, reduction of greenhouse gas emission and carbon sequestration).

 

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Farming test-space “La Ruche du Médoc” — Southern Médoc

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In an area where the social and economic situations are contrasted, the “Pays Médoc” wants to build a territorial food system which would respond to an unsatisfied food demand while energizing the local economy and preserving natural resources. The project’s aim is to set up a business incubator, the Medoc Hive, at the heart of the system. Its duties will be to support and help the settling in of truck farmers wishing to valorize their productions on short territorial sectors.

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