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

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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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Support to the local Skills Center in agroecology

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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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Kolorano Program: Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) / Phase 2 – Haute-Matsiatra

kolorano-agrisud-madagascar-2017In order not to compromise the investments made in terms of drinking water distribution system by the various projects implemented within the framework of the cooperation between the Metropolis of Lyon and the Haute-Matsiatra Region, the multi-actor approach to IWRM* should prevent / reduce conflicts of use and contribute to achieve the overall objective of the Kolorano program: balancing water security and food security of populations on watersheds of intervention.

The encouraging results of the pilot project in the Zambazamba watershed (2014-2016) led to the continuation of supporting it and to replicate the IWRM approach in 9 new watersheds in the Haute Matsiatra region.

The implementation of Kolorano program’s activities is organized around five areas of intervention:

 

  • Improve municipal governance in agricultural and forestry management;
  • Development of watershed management schemes;
  • Protect water resources upstream from catchments;
  • Improve the productivity of water downstream of the catchments;
  • Measure the impact of the program.

 

 

*Integrated Water Resources Management

 

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Improvement of Food security – Itasy region

Projet d'amélioration de la sécurité nutritionnelle, région Itasy (Madagascar)

The agricultural potential of the Itasy Region (Malagasy Hauts-Plateaux) is important but encounters many weaknesses and the poverty rate is high. Agrisud has been working since 2008 to reduce these weaknesses, with significant results in terms of improving production and income for 3,000 families.

We note, however, that the improvement in the income of these families is not necessarily accompanied by an improvement in diet, with eating habits that change little and a worrying nutritional and health situation that affects the most vulnerable groups, in particular. especially children whose chronic malnutrition rate is 62% for children under 5 years of age.

As part of a partnership with the Bel Foundation, the project combines agricultural development activities with activities aimed at improving nutrition and hygiene, relying on a specific approach already implemented by Agrisud on other projects: the LANN method (Linking Agriculture, Natural resources management and Nutrition).

This method uses the community approach for the implementation of nutrition activities based both on improving agriculture, natural resource management and capacity building of women, and making the link between them. . It is accompanied by a nutrition guide which provides the tools necessary to conduct an effective diagnosis and appropriate awareness-raising and training actions to sustainably improve the nutritional situation of families.

The project aims to adapt this approach to the Itasy Region in partnership with the Regional Office for Nutrition, in order to sustainably improve the nutritional security of families by facilitating the development of food and nutrition strategies at household and community level.

With the support of the Bel Foundation, Agrisud's ambition is to give a significant dimension to the approach, ensuring a spin-off effect among the populations.

To date in 2019: 60 mothers of children under 2 suffering from malnutrition have committed to the LANN approach with Agrisud and the Bel Foundation. After 2 years of support, the majority of children have emerged from malnutrition.

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TALAKY: Ecosystems preservation and improvement of the living conditions of populations living near the Beampingaratsy forest massif

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The Beampingaratsy forest corridor in the Anôsy region in the south-east of Madagascar is subject to heavy deforestation which contributes to climate change. Inappropriate agricultural practices on deforestation fronts lead to rapid soil degradation and impact the ability of populations to live decently on their land.

Implemented by the NGOs Nitidæ and Agrisud International, the project aims to combine forest conservation, agricultural development and diversification and the strengthening of the management capacities of local territorial communities to allow the preservation of natural ecosystems and the restoration of soil fertility and the emergence of sustainable development visions.

As part of this project, Agrisud intervenes to support the development of sustainable alternatives to shifting agricultural systems and the exploitation of forest resources capable of meeting the needs of the populations. The actions relate to three complementary levels:

  • Support for local communities in the development and enhancement of watersheds.
  • Support for farmers in agro-ecological intensification and agricultural diversification.
  • Support for the emergence of a local and adapted agricultural service offer.

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Project to Improve Agricultural Productivity in Madagascar (PAPAM) – Vakinankaratra

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This project, led by the Malagasy Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MAEP) and co-financed by AFD, aims to promote a common vision of agroecology at the regional level by building the capacities of stakeholders local, and in particular for the Regional Directorates of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (DRAEP).

Based on a regional agroecological diagnosis carried out beforehand, the project works with groups of producers to set up demonstration sites on sustainable agricultural practices and land development. Proximity Service Providers (PSP) are strengthened in their capacities to transmit their skills and provide local services.

Strong coordination is planned with the Regional Agricultural Development Funds (FDAR) in order to disseminate the achievements of the project on a larger scale: better access to agricultural services for producers, strengthening of the resilience and economic and technical performance of farms. , improvement of productivity thanks to the development of watershed and irrigated perimeter approaches.

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Project to Improve Agricultural Productivity in Madagascar (PAPAM) – Vatovavy-Fitonvinany & Atsimo-Atsinanana

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This project, led by the Malagasy Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MAEP) and co-financed by AFD, aims to promote a common vision of agroecology at the regional level by building the capacities of stakeholders local, and in particular for the Regional Directorates of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (DRAEP).

Based on a regional agroecological diagnosis carried out beforehand, the project works with groups of producers to set up demonstration sites on sustainable agricultural practices and land development. Proximity Service Providers (PSP) are strengthened in their capacities to transmit their skills and provide local services.

Strong coordination is planned with the Regional Agricultural Development Funds (FDAR) in order to disseminate the achievements of the project on a larger scale: better access to agricultural services for producers, strengthening of the resilience and economic and technical performance of farms. , improvement of productivity thanks to the development of watershed and irrigated perimeter approaches.

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Mahavotra III : Forestry, Agroforestry and Land-Use Planning – Itasy Region

Mahavotra 3 : foresterie, agroforesterie et aménagement du territoire, région Itasy, Madagascar

Context

The Itasy region where the project operates is marked by its agricultural vocation and the proximity of the capital, which allows producers to benefit from numerous outlets. Despite everything, this sector is faced with several problems, including: high volatility in the prices of market garden products linked to production systems centered on rice cultivation; unstable business relationships due to opportunistic and individualistic behavior; and a vulnerability of the natural environment which manifests itself in particular by significant erosion phenomena and therefore a loss of cultivable land.

It is in this context that since 2008 Agrisud International has been supporting the Itasy Region in identifying and implementing solutions to these problems. A collaboration which is part of the Aquitaine-Itasy decentralized cooperation, mobilizing co-financing from AFD and which led to the completion of a 1st phase of the Mahavotra project from 2011 to 2015 then a 2nd phase from 2015 to 2019 continues today with this 3rd phase (2019-2020), integrated into the AGRITER program.

Project's goals

The project aims to develop agriculture through a global restoration of the agro-ecological environment, made possible through the mobilization and strengthening of a local network of service providers and the development of developed land. It also acts to improve the added value of agricultural production by supporting the CRFPA's incubator of agro-processing companies. It incorporates a strengthening of local authorities in their planning and territorial management capacities, so that they can guide regional development actors, in particular by relaying actions to leverage the service system reinforced by the project.

Learn more about the AGRITER program

 

 

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Agricultural and rural training in Itasy

Formation agricole et rurale en ItasyMore than ever, agriculture is at the heart of the development challenges of Itasy, due to climatic and demographic risks, the weight of political uncertainty on the socio-economic context, and the difficulty of institutions facing the problems food security, education and professional integration.

Since 2012, actions in the field of Agricultural and Rural Training (FAR) have been deployed within the framework of national public policies. It is therefore now a question of supporting their implementation at the level of the Itasy Region, both within institutions and training establishments.

To do so, Agrisud, the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region, the Itasy Region and their partners act at several levels: training, institutional support and capacity building among others.

The project is structured around three axes and meets the following specific objectives:

  • strengthening the institutional base and the partnership mechanism for Agricultural and Rural Training (FAR);
  • establishment of the Regional Center for Professional Agricultural Training (CRFPA) in the territory as a pilot tool for the development of sustainable agriculture;
  • support for the integration of agricultural and rural training into public education in the Itasy Region.

By its multi-stakeholder dimension and its location in a region with a high stake in rural development, this project aims to be a source of inspiration for Malagasy national policies.

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