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Strenghtening and sustainable development of farming activities in Marrakech’s palm grove
As part of the Safeguard and Development Programme of the Palmeraie of Marrakech, the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment decided to work for the improvement of living conditions of the population.
Agrisud and Norsys Foundation realized in 2014 a diagnostic study to identify a project to strengthen and sustainable development of agricultural activities for the benefit of populations and territory.
The idea is to promote a network of small sustainable economic activities to benefit people who implement them (income generation), and also restored the natural environment (Palmeraie).
Agriculture is undoubtedly the sector that can best articulate these beneficial relationship men / territories: the people engaged in agricultural activities that protect the Palmeraie, and Palmeraie (canopy) protects agricultural activities.
The Mohammed VI Foundation and its partners, and Agrisud Norsys Foundation, implement a pilot project in which 50 family farms in the North West Palmeraie (25% of census farms) will be accompanied.
Expected results:50 pilot family farms supported in an enhanced management of farming activities for a greater performance of agroenvironmental, economic and social plans Budget :239 K€ sur 2018-2019 Funding :Agrisud, Club Med, Norsys Foundation, OCP Foundation Project management :Agrisud et Fondation Norsys Partnerships :AMEE, Mohammed VI Foundation for the Environment, Norsys Foundation
Reinforcement of the olive sector – Skoura Palm grove
Dans le cadre de son programme de développement durable Sharing Beauty With All, L’Oréal s’oriente vers des chaînes d’approvisionnement plus responsables. Le Groupe souhaite ainsi soutenir les producteurs locaux qui ont des pratiques écologiques et leur garantir une rémunération juste.
Agrisud et ses partenaires (Fondation Norsys et ORMVAO) se sont mobilisés pour accompagner la coopérative Al Mohammedia dans la mise en place d’une filière durable d’approvisionnement en huile d’olive cosmétique de qualité avec L’Oréal et son fournisseur Olvea.
Une convention de partenariat de 3 ans a été signée et plusieurs actions ont été entreprises :
- l’obtention d’agrément sanitaire
- la mise en place de process hygiène, sécurité et qualité
- l’amélioration des conditions de travail et du système de traçabilité
- l’appui à la gestion des relations commerciales...
En moins d’un an, la coopérative s’est transformée pour répondre à l’exigent cahier des charges et a écoulé 16 t d’huile d’olive en première campagne. Les retombées et l’engagement des partenaires sur le long terme sont appréciés des producteurs (gains additionnels de 23 %) et de la coopérative (qui a doublé sa marge).
Expected results:Establishment of a quality olive oil supply chain Budget :€119,000 over 2018 Funding :L'Oréal, local grants Project management :Agrisud et Fondation Norsys Partnerships :L'Oréal, Olvea, Al Mohammedia cooperative, Norsys Foundation, ORMVAO
Pepper and bio-fair spices supply chain professionalization – Sao Tomé e Principe
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.
Expected results:300 VSE (Very Small Entreprises) / 1 cooperative — 500 planters relied on 70 ha; 50 tons of pepper biological products to 2019, strengthened the cooperative and autonomous CEPIBA 2020 Budget :€110,000 over 2012-2017 Funding :FIDA, Hom&Ter Project management :PAPAFPA with Agrisud support Partnerships :CEPIBA, Hom&Ter, PAPAFPA
Reinforcing local supply chains (phase V) – Cap Skirring
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.
Expected results:166 VSE (very Small Entreprises), 1 GIE (Economic Interest Grouping) of 4 groups Budget :€ 7,000 in 2018 Funding :Club Med, CPAS, GIE Batiaye Project management :Agrisud International Partnerships :Club Med, CPAS
Revitalization of agricultural production of family farms – Departments of Diourbel and Fatick
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.
Expected results:350 VSE Budget :€466,000 over 2016-2020 Funding :BNPP AM, Brageac Foundation, Fonds Pierre Castel, IFAID, Nouvelle Aquitaine Region, AFD Project management :Agrisud International Partnerships :Local authorities, IFAID, Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region, agro-écologists network of Fatick's region, CIPA