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Supporting sustainable development of farming activities and value chains in Luozi, Bas-Congo Province

CamionLuoziV2The Territory Luozi is a very rural and populated area. Farming activities occupy the majority of the people. 60% of the local production (cassava, groundnuts, maize, beans...) is intended for markets in large cities of Bas-Congo and Kinshasa.

The project’s goals are to:

  • Strengthen systems and farming practices by promoting agroecology among 2,000 farming families.
  • Develop animal traction and create Professional Groupings for Animal Traction (GPTA).
  • Improve marketing conditions to facilitate the supply of large cities (rural markets, trails and bridges, supporting transports)
  • Promote income-generating activities in the livestock production sector (goats, pigs and poultry) and the handicraft production of palm oil.

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Support to inputs and fishing equipments commercialization – Muanda coastal area – Bas Congo province

MuandaIn Muanda’s coastal area in the Bas-fleuve District, Province of Bas-Congo, fishing is the only income-generating activity.

After a first action from 2010 to 2012 to improve the marketing of fishing goods on urban markets (Boma, Matadi, Kimpese and Kinshasa), Agrisud now supports the Muanda Fishing Association Coordination Agency (CAPM) to set up a supply of inputs and fishing gears.

An input and fishing gear shop will be open for the benefit of the CAPM’s 1500 members.


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


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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Support to coffee producers project in the sustainable recovery of the small Kwilu coffee sector – DR Congo

Taille cafeThe objective of this one-year project is the sustainable increase of agricultural production (polyculture food, coffee Petit Kwilu) and strengthening marketing channels, in the interests of better environmental management of productive spaces, in the territories of Lukula Tshela and the District of Lower Congo DR Congo.

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Support to producers in the implementation of improved units of palm oil extraction in DR Congo

Huile de palmeThe objective of this project is six months to sustainably improve the incomes of small farms Lukula and Tshela in the District of Lower Congo DR Congo, for the implementation of improved oil extraction units palm.

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Pepper and bio-fair spices supply chain professionalization – Sao Tome 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 – 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.

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Revitalization of agricultural production of family farms – Departments of Diourbel and Fatick

Redynamisation de la production agricole au Sénégal

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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Strenghtening family farms and food security — Mbour Department

refsa_senegalIn the Mbour Department the agricultural development is very limited because of the difficult physical and climate conditions, the strong competition that imported products represent and also weakened family farms.

Therefore, the purpose of the project is to help those family farms face environmental challenges, also caused by climate change, and socio-economical constraints, such as integrating local markets. It should contribute to food security in rural communities and cities.

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Boosting local fresh produce supply chains for Club Med in Mbour, Senegal


In order to improve its positive effect on the local economy and its own local integration, the Club Med wishes to increase the part of local purchases in its global purchases.

Its partnership with Agrisud started in November 2008 to achieve this goal. The Saraba village, in the Mbour Department has been chosen to implement this process.

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