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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.

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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.

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Promoting Territorialized Agricultural Value-chains – PROFIT Abidjan

flieres-territorialisées-abidjanFamily food-producing farming at the periphery of Abidjan contributes to reaching food security in the economic capital city and has a commercial vocation.

However, it is threatened because of: a growing urbanization, a decrease in yields, health and environmental risks linked to the overuse of pesticides and herbicides, a lack of supporting systems...

Manioc is one of the main profitable farmings in Ivory Coast. However, hand-made or semi-industrial processing units of manioc into attiéké   (fermented manioc semolina), have low technical and economical performances.


It is within this context that Agrisud takes action, in close collaboration with the authorities of the Autonomous District of Abidjan (ADA), as a part of the PROFIT Abidjan project.

This pilot project, which  is part of the AGRITER programme phase II (2021-2023),
takes place in 2 villages from ADA : Adattié and Abiaté 2.

It aims to reinforce the economic and social dynamics conducted by the stakeholders of the territory in order to:

  • conceive and implement projects for a sustainable agriculture at a territorial scale, about the food-producing and local attiéké value-chains
  • support the food-producing farms in their agroecological transition
  • reinforce the performances of processing units
  • develop knowledge and know-how in the territory through transfering skills, awareness and advocacy actions

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Farm Development and Investment Program in Gabon (PRODIAG) – 9 provinces


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

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Sustainable development project in Awoun

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Coucal – Azendjé development project

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Creation of a pilot manioc processing unit in Gamba

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Contribution to sewage management in Port-Gentil by compost production

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Support to the local Skills Center in agroecology


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).


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Establishment of a locals supply chains for fresh products

Mise en place de filières locales d’approvisionnement en produits fraisSince late 2008, Club Med and Agrisud International have been collaborating to improve the contribution of holiday villages to local economic development.

The co-developed solution therefore consists in strengthening local supply chains on a win-win principle:

  • Club Med villages benefit from quality agro-ecological products, traceability and, ultimately, a positive image valued by their customers;
  • family farms are improving their practices in order to have quality products, in quantity and regularity, and benefit from a new sales channel (improvement in income).

Since the start of 2019, the villages of Albion and Pointe aux Canonniers, on Mauritius, have been part of this process. The development of new agricultural practices that are more respectful of the environment are in line with the national strategies in force on the island.

This action contributes to 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals:

Contribution of Club Med to the Sustainable Development Goals

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