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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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Development and integrated management of water resources in the Bory and Beaulieu localities – Commune de Bas Limbé

Aménagement et gestion intégrée de la ressource en eau dans les localités de Bory et de Beaulieu

The towns of Bory and Beaulieu are located in isolated areas subject to flooding and erosion problems. The objective of the project is to improve the living conditions of the populations by securing and enhancing the value of water resources.

The approach based on the integrated management of water resources adopted by Agrisud and its partner GRADIMIRH makes it possible to simultaneously meet the needs for drinking water and agricultural water while preserving the watershed. A drinking water supply and irrigation system for small market garden plots has been set up. The development of the watershed has made it possible to secure the source and the infrastructure while maintaining efficient agricultural activity. Thanks to the coordination of several partners and the involvement of communities, sustainable management of drinking water is implemented.

400 families now have access to drinking water from 2 standpipes. 13 ha of land are valued and protected according to agro-ecological principles. Local organizations are strengthened for the sustainable management of this scarce resource.

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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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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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Diversification of farm production and support to the producers of aromatic plants and spices in Sahaspur block – Northern India – Nord de l’Inde

Inde-FemmeThe context is that of Sahaspur block at the periphery (25 km) Dehra Dun, capital of the state, where traditional agriculture is above all for the poor farmers, a very precarious subsistence farmers often cut off from the market.

The project objective was to sustainably improve the living conditions of the families of poor farmers by supporting them in diversifying their agricultural activities mainly aromatic crops and spices, through an organization of efficient producers.

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Spices production to improve living conditions in Dehra Dun district – North of India

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The goal of the Masraspatti project is to improve the life conditions of 140 poor farmer families, on a long-term basis, in 8 villages of Panchayat. Agrisud and its local partner HARC, assist those families in the development of the cultivation and processing of spice plants like ginger, turmeric, pepper or coriander.

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Food Security for women and poor families of the Viengkham district, Luang Prabang Province

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Forestry and agroecology in the mountains of northern Laos (FORAE I) – Luang Prabang Province

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After a first successful operation between 2009 and 2012, the goal of this project is to keep fighting against the poverty of people living in the mountains in northern Laos. 
For that purpose, the natural resources have to be rehabilitated, safeguarded and valued (water, soil, biodiversity).

The project will also adapt to climate change and mitigate its consequences (agricultural systems’ resilience, reduction of greenhouse gas emission and carbon sequestration).

 

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Enhancing Nutrition of Upland Farming Families (ENUFF) in Oudomxay and Huaphan provinces

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Laos launched its National Nutrition Plan for populations living in isolated mountainous areas where undernutrition still persists.

It is a complex task that requires action on multiple levels and long-term interventions for effective and sustainable results. Agrisud in collaboration with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) engages in an innovative and dynamic project by means of an integrated approach that links agriculture with nutrition.

Project ENUFF (Enhancing Nutrition for Upland Farming Families) is implemented in 40 mountainous villages. The agricultural aspect of the project has been taken over by Agrisud. Its goal is to improve agricultural techniques thanks to agroecology, to diversify crops and establish marketing sectors. Access to healthy and adequate food is one of the main factors that improve nutrition in Laos.

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