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Entrepreneurial INitiatives program of agricultural Services – Ghassate city, Ouarzazate

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Agriculture in Ghassate consists of small family farms facing environmental problems (drought, floods, ...) and socio-economic problems (limited land, lack of labor, distance from markets).

 

Agrisud and its partners have undertaken several actions in this region so that populations improve the performance of their agricultural activities and thus generate more income.

 

This project aims to promote entrepreneurship of rural youth through the creation of economic activities serving family farms in this area (fruit-tree pruning, buying and reselling of products, etc.).Maroc-web2

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Strengthening ecologically and economically the activities of Tanafou Yhazi — M’Tsahara

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The Mahoran agriculture suffers from disparities: only a handful of large modern exploitations have access to European aids whereas a large majority of family farms are only surviving. The project is to professionalize an association of women producers through internal governance, agroecological production and agroforestry but also by improving the value-added processing and the marketing.

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Fighting against the deforestation of the Miombo forest – Gilé’s National Reserve – Zambezia province

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Agroecology and fight against deforestation

The Miombo forest close to the National Reserve of Gilé (province of Zambezia) is imminently threatened by slash-and-cut farming.

Since 2014, in order to fight against the degradation of the forest, the project intends to bring about sustainable economic and social development in favour of the neighbouring populations. Thanks to an agricultural model based on the practices of agroecology, natural resources are protected and revenue is produced for the local families.

The project enables 8 communities to create their own group for the common management of the area’s natural resources. It also contributes to disseminate practices against deforestation and land degradation, as well as to establish local value-added production sectors.

All development actions take place in close cooperation with the local communities.

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Sustainable agriculture and farming supply chain professionalization in Mayombe – Bas-Congo province – Lukula and Tshela territories

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The purpose of the project is to fight poverty in rural areas affected by climate change and deforestation.

The food security of the people living in these areas can be improved and local markets can be supplied thanks to a sustainable increase of agricultural production (food crops, coffee, market gardening and small breeding) and with a strong marketing.

Thus there will be a better environmental management of productive spaces.

 

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Pepper and bio-fair spices supply chain professionalization – Sao Tomé e Principe

saotomeThe islands of Sao Tome e Principe have directed their development towards food-crop growing but also the promotion of quality products export (cocoa, coffee and pepper).

In this context, the goal is to promote CEPIBA Cooperative (500 farmers), sustainable production of quality organic pepper. This production responds to agroecological systems and practices.

The purpose of the project is also to set-up a fair supply chain supplying the export and local markets.

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Reinforcing local supply chains (phase V) – Cap Skirring

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This project comes from Club Med’s strong desire to strengthen the contribution of its villages to local economic development.

Club Med's tourism activities generate positive impacts, particularly in terms of local purchases, from which local communities do not always benefit as much as they could because they lack a viable economic fabric.

This commitment has led to a partnership with Agrisud International whose main mission is to the fight against poverty and for food security by creating and strengthening very small family farms.

 

The approach is:

  • economic development: support to populations in securing and strengthening their agricultural activities to meet local market needs;
  • agroecological: promotion practices environmentally friendly, reconciling development and low pressure on natural resources.

 

In Cap Skirring, Agrisud works in partnership with the CPAS, which promotes full development in the Ziguinchor Region.

General objective: contributing to the local economic development in the environment of the Club Med’s village in Cap skirrin

Specific Objective: promoting the development of 60 agricultural VSBs that could improve improve local markets’ supply in fresh products as well as Club Med’s village needs.

 

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Revitalization of agricultural production – Departments of Bambey, Diourbel, Fatick, Mbacké

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Market gardenings in the Diourbel region enjoyed a flourishing period and contributed for a long time to supply Dakar’s market. But this production has gradually deteriorated and is now reduced to a few localized sites.

 

Main constraints are:

    • lack of water control and water quality drilling;
    • land and vegetation cover degradation, particularly as a result of poor farming practices and actions of water and wind erosion;

 

  • difficult access to production factors (inputs, equipment ...);
  • low crop diversification;
  • low management rate in this sector;
  • lack of professionalism among producers and groups;
  • the aging of the rural population.

 

Due to the dynamic created by the 2014 -2016 pilot phase in the Diourbel area, the actions has been extended.

At the request of various Senegalese communities and because of a new context (new territorial divisions in France and Senegal), the project has expanded in the Fatick region with the same constraints:

  • unfavorable productive environment (land degradation, lack of tree cover or hedging, etc.);
  • unsafe market gardening perimeters (absence or deteriorated fence);
  • basic work equipment (both for rainfed/vegetable crops and for livestock farming);
  • poor control of technical itineraries (crops and livestock);
  • difficulties to sale market gardening production

 

General Objective: to fight against structural poverty and food insecurity of populations in Bambey, Diourbel, Fatick and Mbacke Departments.

Specific objective: to secure and sustainably improve the agricultural activities of 350 families living in 6 villages of the 4 departments by strengthening local skills.

 

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Sun pump installations for vegetable farming – Cap Skirring

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In Cap Skirring, agriculture remains little developed compare to the high demand of the tourism sector for fruit and vegetables.

Implemented in this region since 2009, the project aims to develop agricultural VSBs to improve the local supply of fresh produce to the Club Med Village and local markets. Since then, around 170 families deliver more than 10 tons of a large variety of vegetables each year, for a turnover of more than € 10,000.

In 2014, in order to maintain these results, a project was initiated to install solar pumps in the gardens in order to guarantee access to safe and efficient irrigation water during the dry season.

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