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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
Promoting Territorialized Agricultural Value-chains – PROFIT Abidjan
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
Expected results:300 VSE Budget :€386,480 Funding :AFD, Fonds Pierre Castel Project management :Agrisud Partnerships :Autonomous District of Abidjan
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
Expected results:In 2019: PRODIAG Phase 2 examination continued Budget :€732,000 over 2019 Funding :Gabon State, Total Gabon PID / sustainable development department Project management :IGAD (Gabonese Institute for Development Support) and technical support from Agrisud Partnerships :IGAD (Gabonese institute for development support)
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.
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).
Expected results:Support mission Budget :€100,000 over 2015-2020 Funding :Swissaid Project management :Agrisud in support of Swissaid (training and follow-up) Partnerships :Swissaid
Establishment of a locals supply chains for fresh products
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:
Expected results:15 VSE Budget :€34,000 in 2019 Funding :Club Med Project management :Agrisud Partnerships :Club Med