Local Economy against Poverty

11/25/2013 inAgrisud’s, Illustrate
World food day
On the occasion of World Food Day, we reaffirm that all of us at Agrisud, do not accept the idea that today nearly one and a half billion people can live in a situation of poverty, most often with great difficulty to feed daily.

The South and the North, we know that poverty is due in particular to the economic exclusion , for multiple reasons, which itself gradually causes social exclusion. We believe that answers to this situation is to bring these people into the economy . How ? Well helping them to undertake.

That’s why for 20 years, we help poor people to create very small family businesses , especially in the agricultural sector: production of vegetables, fruits, livestock product processing …. These TPE are viable and sustainable , because they are economic and agro-ecological because they are deeply rooted in the local market , and because the contractor has been accompanied throughout the professionalization process the brought poverty to self-sufficiency.

This is the case of the farmers of North Kivu and Haiti , frequently buffeted by conflicts or natural disasters , farmers who have been remounted and invest in sustainable farming by finding a place on the local market. This is also the case of these very poor women in northern India have been able to diversify their traditional cultures producing and transforming spices to the local market , or that these breeders in southern Morocco which have gained a lot of self-sufficiency through the sheep . And this is still the case in France with the women who were at an end and today produce high quality jams from unsold Food Bank Bordeaux, a good way to fight against waste.

For 20 years, Agrisud contributed in this way to orbit nearly 40,000 family farms TPE in 16 countries in Africa, Asia or South America, and more recently in France . At the scale of a village , city or territory , real changes are made ​​for the benefit of the poorest people , while improving food security , in quantity and quality of families and local markets.