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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".

 

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Learning 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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Sun pump installations for vegetable farming – Cap Skirring

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In Cap Skirring, agriculture remains little developed compare to the high demand of the tourism sector for fruit and vegetables.

Implemented in this region since 2009, the project aims to develop agricultural VSBs to improve the local supply of fresh produce to the Club Med Village and local markets. Since then, around 170 families deliver more than 10 tons of a large variety of vegetables each year, for a turnover of more than € 10,000.

In 2014, in order to maintain these results, a project was initiated to install solar pumps in the gardens in order to guarantee access to safe and efficient irrigation water during the dry season.

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Reinforcing local supply chains (phase V) – Cap Skirring

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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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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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Revitalization of agricultural production – Departments of Bambey, Diourbel, Fatick, Mbacké

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

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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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