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Reinforcement of municipal expertise in remodeling unhealthy zones in Abidjan and Cotonou
Cotonou and Abidjan suffer from unhealthy intra-urban areas and are having trouble developing sustainably. Therefore, the goal is to enhance the municipal teams’ and their partners’ know-how on urban planning so they can apply it to two pilot locations in each city. The methods and tools used are capitalized and transferred to other municipal teams in Benin, Ivory Coast and the sub-region.
Expected results:2 local Authorities; training of Cotonou and Abidjan's council teams. Sustainable development and valorization of 4 pilot sites. Accumulation and circulation of the tools and methods. Budget :€1,200,000 over 2012-2015 Funding :European Union, Paris City Authority, France Volontaires, IFAID Project management :Paris City Authority and support from Agrisud Partnerships :Paris City Authority, Cotonou City, District of Abidjan, UVICOCI, The Local Authorities’ University of the Ivory Coast, France Volontaires, IFAID
Promotion of sustainable peri-urban agriculture in 5 pilot towns — Abidjan
Historically, Abidjan’s urban and periurban agriculture has always been dynamic. However, it is facing some challenges. The low soil fertility, the depletion and pollution of water resources and the rise of parasites pressure are jeopardizing farming activities that could create income for thousands of families.
This pilot project’s goal is to reinforce the agroecological skills of 25 farming technicians from 15 Ivory professional organizations and NGOs. It supports the creation of a network uniting 90 pilot market gardeners.
They will be able to spread practices and systems to 500 other farmers in Abidjan’s 10 different production sites in 5 towns.
Expected results:500 VSB (Very Small Businesses): 25 participants from 15 organizations (NGOs and PO) trained in good agroecological practices, monitoring system and 500 associate market gardeners. Budget :€68,000 over 2014-2015 Funding :The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs - FSD, Abidjan’s autonomous district, the Local Authorities University and Agrisud Project management :Local Authorities University and support from Agrisud Partnerships :Local Authorities University, NGOs and Ivorian farmer organizations
Farm Development and Investment Program in Gabon (PRODIAG)
Agricultural development is one of the foundations of the Gabonese economy. PRODIAG is a pillar in this context of emergence and follows upon IGAD’s* project to support the development of outer-urban farming implemented these last years.
The aim is to keep experimenting and spreading adapted and sustainable technical solutions responding to local markets’ needs in Gabon’s nine provinces.
*Gabonese Institute for Development
Expected results:1,094 VSB (Very Small Businesses) supported, promotion of agroecological systems and practices Budget :€20,000 over 2011-2017 Funding :Gabon State, French Agency for Development (AFD) Project management :IGAD and support from Agrisud Partnerships :CIRAD, IGAD
Contribution to sewage management in Port-Gentil by compost production
Expected results:survey of producers’ organic matter requirements and implementation of a compost experimentation protocol. Budget :€40K over 2012-2014. Funding :Toilettes du Monde. Project management :IGAD, support from AGRISUD. Partnerships :Toilettes du Monde.
Local skills center in agroecology – Cacheu and Bafata regions
SWISSAID supports family farms and professional organizations in Guinea-Bissau to implement their agricultural activities. In order to develop these activities, SWISSAID wishes to set up a local skills center in agroecology.
Agrisud supports SWISSAID in this initiative carrying out training and follow-up activities with about 20 members from this hub.
The expected benefits of this collaboration are at two levels:
- producers: by providing concrete answers to the problems they encounter in the implementation of their market-gardening activities, and especially issues concerning the protection of soil fertility, water resources and pest pressure;
- SWISSAID and its partners: by supporting them to establish a skills development center in agroecology for efficient crop and livestock systems, also well adapted to the region context.
Learning cycle « Management advice for sustainable agriculture »
This cycle was designed especially for the project's needs based on both guides « Agroecology in Practice » (Agrisud, 2010) and « Managing Advice for family farms (VSB) » (Agrisud, 2015). It is addressed to the teams / partners who support farmers and professional agricultural organizations.
It is based on the transfer of methodologies and tools:
- understand the farming operation and how it works;
- understand agroecology and its economic, social and environmental dimensions;
- understand the principles of sustainable management of an agrosystem;
- analyze an intervention situation, identify appropriate agro-ecological practices;
- knowledge of basic agro-economic concepts;
- identify outcome indicators;
- collect and process data related to company results and environmental changes;
- be able to advise a company (observations, follow-up of recommendations and analysis of the results taking into account the environment).
Expected results:1 local skills center set up (21 members) Budget :- Funding :Swissaid Project management :Agrisud International en appui à Swissaid (formation et suivi-accompagnement) Partnerships :Swissaid
Professionalizing agriculture — Itasy region
The Itasy Region, close to Antananarivo, has a great farming potential but the production is still limited and threatened by the farmers’ low technical and management skills and also by a natural fragile environment.
Thanks to the project, 2000 farmers are receiving technical and economical reinforcement in order to professionalize their activities in production, management and marketing.
Expected results:2,000 agricultural VSB (Very Small Businesses) supported in 10 municipalities, one training center created. Budget :€773,000 over 2008-2016 Funding :Aquitaine’s Regional Council, Foundation Enterprise and Solidarity, FIDA ( International Fund for Agricultural Development) and Agrisud Project management :Agrisud. Partnerships :Ilofosana.
Evaluation of the farms’ carbon footprint in the Itasy project
If small family farms adopt agroecology it could be a real solution to lower the agricultural carbon footprint. However, the workings of the agricultural systems are complex and there is a lack of reference when considering specific emission standards in Madagascar, therefore, it is difficult to measure specifically environmental advantages.
The project’s goal is to set up a method to evaluate the farms’ carbon footprint. It will identify the emission standards specific to the Region’s agricultural system.
Expected results:Measurement of the carbon footprint of the different farming models proposed in the Itasy project Budget :€24,000 over 2010-2012. Funding :Veolia Environnement. Project management :Agrisud. Partnerships :Veolia Environment, IRD - Institute of Research for Development, UMR Eco&Sol, LRI – Laboratory of Radioisotopes from Antananarivo’s University, GoodPlanet – and Etc Terra.