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Learning cycle promoting agroecological practices
Agrisud has a constant focus on boosting the action capacities of NGOs, organizations, professional groups, and also those of its own projects’ teams. Transfers of skills are made via « learning cycles ».
Promoting agroecological practices
Based on the “Agroecology in Practice” guide (Agrisud, 2010), this course helps participants learn these practices. It is based on transferring methods and tools to:
- Understand agroecology and its economic, social and environmental dimensions;
- Understand the sustainable management of a farming system;
- Analyze the context of operation and identify the appropriate agroecological practices;
- Be able to spread these practices.
Expected results:40 Gabonese participants from the IGAD trained in good agro-ecological practices in 2 learning cycles. Budget :€50K over 2013. Funding :State of Gabon, Agence Française de Développement/PRODIAG. Project management :IGAD, operator AGRISUD. Partnerships :non communiqué
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
FOOD SECURITY SECURITY AND FIGHT AGAINST POVERTY IN NORTH HAITI
The Food Security Programme and the fight against poverty Northern Haiti (PSANH) is part of a decentralized cooperation between the Aquitaine Region (which provides most of the funding) and Limbe Commons Lower Limbe and Lemonade. He was identified and led by AGRISUD International in partnership with VETERIMED.
The Food Security project supports farming households in enhancing their business and agricultural sectors to create an enabling environment for farmers to improve their economic performance (income).
Expected results:820 agricultural VSEs supported. Budget :€893K over 2010-2013. Funding :Aquitaine Regional Council, French Foreign Affairs Ministry, Fondation Entreprise et Solidarité, ESFI, Oxfam, AGRISUD. Project management :AGRISUD. Partnerships :Vétérimed, GRADIMIRH - Groupe de Recherche-Action pour le Développement Intégré du Milieu Rural Haïtien.
Boosting the local economy by reinforcing the manioc and groundnut value chains
Because some groundnuts and manioc clones can resist to drought they enhance the value of the very dry zone in northeast Haiti. They are part of a local production system responding to the local market’s demand. However identified constraints do not allow them to develop their full potential at the farmers’ expense.
The project’s aim is to sustainably improve the income in Limonade’ and Fort-Liberté’ rural households through stimulated value chains adapted to the agroecological contexts (groundnuts, manioc).
Expected results:200 agricultural VSEs supported, 5 transformation units professionalized Budget :$100,000 over 2013-2014 Funding :Oxfam. Project management :AGRISUD. Partnerships :GRADIMIRH.
Program of Sustainable Management of Limbé’s watershed (PAD-Nord) – North-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
Expected results:310 VSE (Very Small farming Entreprise) Budget :€ 380,000 over 2018-2020 Funding :French Development Agency (AFD), Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region, BNPP AM Project management :Agrisud International Partnerships :GRADIMIRH (Research-Action Group for the Integrated Development of the Rural Haitian Environment), towns concerned by the project
Project to support the rural community of Lombard (City Limbe) for improved drinking water coverage
An integrated management approach to water resources was proposed in the area of Lombard, which has a drinking water network established there 30 years and sized to supply the whole community but whose condition allows to supply more than 100 families in precarious sanitary conditions.
This approach is to rehabilitate and improve the capture of a source, put a storage device and chlorination and build a drinking water system for the community. To secure the source, infrastructure and stop the runoff excess water in homes, pouring 18ha (farmland 36 producers) will be developed in a process of improvement of production and reforestation systems.
The National Directorate of Water and Sanitation Portable is associated with the entire project to define the appropriate infrastructure and put in place a management by the community.
Eventually 400 families (2000 individuals) will benefit sustainable access to safe drinking water.
Expected results:A addcution water system rehabilitated and managed by a committee that allows 400 households with sustainable access to safe drinking water; 16 acres of landscaped hillside Budget :€ 135K Funding :AFD, Région Aquitaine Project management :Agrisud International Partnerships :GRADIMIRH