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Development and integrated management of water resources in the Bory and Beaulieu localities – Commune de Bas Limbé
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.
Expected results:400 families Budget :100 K€ over 2017-2018 Funding :Misereor Project management :Agrisud Partnerships :GRADIMIRH, the village, DINEPA
Community engagement and livelyhood protection – District Nakai, Nam Theun
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.
Expected results:Development of agricultural and income-generating activities in 6 villages of Nakaï District, Khammouane Province Budget :€90,000 over 2017-2021 Funding :WMPA - World Bank Project management :Agrisud, WCA (Wildlife Conservation Association) Partnerships :WCA (Wildlife Conservation Association), CLL (Creative Literacy Laos) and Anoulak project
Mahavotra II: Forestry, Agroforestry and Land-Use Planning – Itasy Region
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.
Expected results:2 000 families, 300 Master-operators, 20 VSEs out of 15 communes Budget :K€ 1,190 over 2016-2019 Funding :AFD, Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region, CEAS, IFAID, BNPP Project management :Agrisud International Partnerships :AMADESE, CEAS, Etc Terra, IFAID, Ilofosana, Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region
Sun pump installations for vegetable farming – Cap Skirring
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.
Expected results:Equipment of 4 gardens Budget :€44,000 over 2014-2017 Funding :Club Med Foundation, Roi Baudouin Foundation Project management :Agrisud International Partnerships :Club Med, CPAS
Enhancing Nutrition of Upland Farming Families (ENUFF) in Oudomxay and Huaphan provinces
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.
Expected results:4,000 agricultural VSB supported in 40 villages of 2 provinces: Oudomxay (Beng and Nga districts) and Huaphan (Viengxai and Xiengkhor districts), strengthening of local organizations Budget :€ 1,100,000 (agricultural component) over 2016-2020 Funding :SNV (Netherlands Development Organisation) / SDC (Swiss Cooperation for Development and Cooperation), France Volontaires Project management :Agrisud, SNV (Netherlands Development Organisation) Partnerships :SNV (Netherlands Development Organisation)
Learning cycle promoting good agroecological practices
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.
Expected results:21 Laotian attendees from the decentralized departments of agriculture and health (PAFO / DAFO, PHO) - Provinces: Oudomxay (Nga and Baeng districts) and Huaphan (Viengxay and Xiengkho) trained in good agroecological practices, a monitoring mechanism. Budget :€19,000 in 2016 Funding :Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) Project management :Agrisud International Partnerships :Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV)
Fighting against the deforestation of the Miombo forest – Gilé’s National Reserve – Zambezia province
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.
Expected results:535 VSE (Very Small Entreprises) Budget :€542,000 over 2014-2017 Funding :AFD-FFEM, IFAID Project management :IGF (leader), Agrisud on the topics of agriculture and community development Partnerships :Etc Terra, IFAID, IGF
Forestry and agroecology in the mountains of northern Laos (FORAE I) – Luang Prabang Province
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).
Expected results:550 VSE Budget :€877,000 over 2015-2018 Funding :AFD (French Development Agency), Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, Fondation Ensemble, France Volontaires, MAEDI, WFP, IFAID Project management :Agrisud (leader) and Nitidae Partnerships :Nitidae, SAEDA (Sustainable Agriculture & Environment Development Association), Lao women Union, PAFO (Provincial Agriculture & Forestry Office Luang Prabang), DAFO, Viengkham District
Farming test-space “La Ruche du Médoc” — Southern Médoc
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.
Expected results:Implementation of an incubator for market gardening small businesses within a short food supply chain and installation of 8 farms Budget :€140,000 over 2014-2015 Funding :Foundation of France, Phitrust Foundation, Entreprises and Solidarité Foundation Project management :Agrisud. Partnerships :Pays Médoc, lycée agricole de Blanquefort