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Strengthening local supply chains for fresh produce – Rio das Pedras and São Paulo

Renforcement de filières locales d'approvisionnement en produits frais

The Club Med / Agrisud partnership reflects Club Med's desire to strengthen the contribution of its villages to local economic development.

In Brazil, Agrisud and its partners are supporting two cooperatives to upgrade their offer of local products, with a view to selling them to Club Med holiday villages:

The COMISFLU cooperative near the village of Rio Das Pedras, since 2015
The ECO VERDE cooperative near the village of Lake Paradise, since 2018

The objective is to set up and develop a commercial relationship in which each player benefits: regular demand and remunerative prices / of local products, and of agro-ecological quality to be valued by Club Med customers.

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Program of Sustainable Management of Limbé’s watershed (PAD-Nord) – North-Haïti

Aménagement du bassin versant de Limbé, Nord-Haïti

In a context of soil degradation, great socio-economic instability and increasing impoverishment, the actions undertaken aim to protect natural resources, strengthen family agricultural VSEs in the improvement of their production systems and in the management of their activities as well as to structure the agricultural sectors.

Results: 600 farms spread over 300 hectares newly developed have benefited from this project since 2013. These families have seen their profits increase.
120,000 trees and 950,000 slope-fixing plants have been established. Over 20 years, almost 14,000 tonnes of carbon will be sequestered, which is largely beneficial from an environmental standpoint.

This project is part of the multi-country program AGRITER

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Economic recovery and food safety in the villages of Port-Salut, Roche-à-Bateau, Saint-Jean-du-Sud (phase 2) – South-Haiti

Agroecology and resilience against climate risks

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At the end of September 2016, hurricane Matthew hit Haiti causing extensive damage on its southern part. Serious medium- and long-term food crises ensued as a result.

With the support of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region and Léa Nature, Agrisud and its partner, Gradimirh, provided aid to Port-Salut, Saint-Jean du Sud and Roche-à-Bateau, the three most severely hit communities in Haiti.

The first phase entailed urgency actions in order to meet basic food needs for the afflicted families. Priority was given to the recovery of agricultural activities via the restoration of infrastructures and means of production.

The second phase will permit the recovery of the local economy. Producers will be encouraged to adopt agroecology and agroforestry practices for the better protection and management of the land. Agroecology offers a wide range of solutions which lead to reduced risks. Families become more resilient; they can actively manage their land and their environment and rebuild their lives in their own community.

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Adaptation of agricultural activities to climate change and the territory – Municipality of St Raphaël

Agroecology and Resilient territories

Adaptation des activités agricoles au changement climatique et territoireThis program aims to improve the environmental and economic performance of polyculture and livestock production systems for better resilience of family farms to climate risks.

This involves carrying out research and support, capacity building and dissemination to farms in order to:

  • promote the adaptation and improvement of sustainable and resilient agricultural systems;
  • providing families with the knowledge and tools to adapt to climate change;
  • create a conducive environment to better cope with agricultural constraints.

500 farms (20 groups) in the municipality of St Raphaël are involved in the co-construction and dissemination of agro-ecological systems and practices. 5 Haitian students from the Limonade university campus (doctoral students, masters and field internships) will be trained and will participate in the research carried out by the program.

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Agroecological transition of farmer families and sustainable management of natural resources – Limbé watershed (Bory and Beaulieu)

Transition agro-écologique des familles paysannes et gestion durable des ressources naturelles – Bassin versant de Limbé (Bory et Beaulieu)

In the Limbé watershed, the farms of Haitian peasant families are subject to significant constraints. The erosion of sloping soils reduces the quality and size of exploitable plots, does not make it possible to secure the crops in progress and threatens the Piedmont and plain crops downstream.

Experience has shown that the development of watersheds must be oriented towards actions relating to local development which take into account the economic and social aspects by integrating the empowerment of local actors. It is therefore urgent to propose rural development models that make it possible to reconcile income generation, protection and restoration of natural resources and adaptation to climate change.

The project aims to sustainably improve the income of peasant families through the development of sustainable agriculture at the territorial level. The expected results are as follows:

  • efficient agricultural systems at technical, economic and environmental levels are implemented by 150 farming families;
  • 20 master operators are strengthened, network and join PADED (Agroecology and sustainable development platform);
  • access to quality water is guaranteed for 200 families (1,000 people);
  • PADED* members are strengthened in their capacity to collect and process data for quality counseling support to families and the production of advocacy documents.

*Agroecology and Sustainable Development Platform

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