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Strenghtening and sustainable development of farming activities in Marrakech’s palm grove

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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.

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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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Reinforcement of the olive sector – Skoura Palm grove

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As part of its Sharing Beauty With All sustainable development program, L’Oréal is moving towards more responsible supply chains. The Group thus wishes to support local producers who use ecological practices and guarantee them fair remuneration.

Agrisud and its partners (Norsys Foundation and ORMVAO) have mobilized to support the Al Mohammedia cooperative in setting up a sustainable supply chain for quality cosmetic olive oil with L’Oréal and its supplier Olvea.

A 3-year partnership agreement was signed and several actions were undertaken:

  • obtaining sanitary approval
  • the implementation of hygiene, safety and quality processes
  • improving working conditions and the traceability system
  • support for the management of commercial relations ...

In less than a year, the cooperative has transformed itself to meet the demanding specifications and has sold 16 t of olive oil in the first season. The long-term benefits and commitment of the partners are appreciated by the producers (additional gains of 23%) and the cooperative (which has doubled its margin).

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Avaclim – A way of adapting to climate change

L’agro-écologie présente des bénéfices multiples, comme l’amélioration de la productivité des exploitations, le respect des ressources naturelles, la valorisation des savoir-faire locaux…Agroecology presents several benefits, such as the improvement of farms' productivity, the preservation of natural resources, the valuation of local know-how...  In dry areas, usually poor and threatened by climate unbalances, it contributes to maintaining biodiversity, restoring agro-ecosystems and reaching nutritional and food security of the populations.

The Avaclim project aims to create the necessary conditions to spread agroecology in 7 countries located in a dry area: Burkina Faso, Senegal, Morocco, Ethiopia, South Africa, Brazil and India.

The ONG CARI carries this project and got together with a diversity of operators (development practitioners, farmers and scientists) including Agrisud, which coordinates the activities in Morocco with its partner the Norsys Foundation.

The 4 elements of the project: 

► sharing experiences and reinforcing capacities

► assessing agroecological initiatives

► plea

► capitalization and communication

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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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Learning cycle “Management advice for VSB (Very Small Business)”

Agrisud International continuously strives to help strengthen the NGO response capabilities, associations, professional groups, but also those of its own teams. Transfers of know-how can take place through the implementation of "learning cycles".

 

conseil de gestion aux TPE agricoles familialesLearning cycle  “Management advice for VSB (Very Small Business)”

From the guide "Managing Advice for family farm VSB" (Agrisud, 2015), this cycle is for local advisors assisting farmers or professional agricultural organizations. It is based on the transfer of methodologies and tools:

  • to know advice's overall approach and its variations
  • to know basic agro-economic concepts
  • to identify performance indicators (VSB) and environment's key information
  • to understand data collection and processing tools related to VSB results and environment development
  • to be able to realize an analysis of VSB results taking into account the environment
  • to be able to advise a VSB (sharing observations and follow-up)

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Access to drinking water for poor populations by supporting the creation of VSEs around Niamey and Dosso

68-NIGERThe project’s goal is to test and promote economic models, which could allow poor populations to have access to drinking water.

In order to make this possible, the project supports the creation of a farming VSE to generate income and also an acceptable social price to access the drinking water’s public service.

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Supporting sustainable development of agriculture value chains in North Kivu, North Kivu Province

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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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