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«Nous aidons des familles rwandaises à obtenir des œufs pour leur propre consommation, afin qu’elles puissent lutter contre les retards de croissance qui touchent actuellement environ 60 pour cent des enfants de moins de cinq ans»

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«Quand nous pêchons des poissons, nous les vendons sur le marché, nous récupérons l'argent que nous distribuons ensuite aux membres du groupe»

«Avant, nous produisions de 20 000 à 30 000 alevins en six mois, mais nous pouvons désormais en produire autant en une seule fois grâce à ces trois écloseries. Et j’espère qu’avec des formations supplémentaires et plus d'expérience dans la gestion des écloseries, nous pourrons dépasser les 2 ou 3 millions d’alevins par an»

«C’est la première fois dans l'histoire de la Sierra Leone que des Africains viennent aider des Africains»

«Quand vous aidez un agriculteur, comme c’est le cas en ce moment, si avant il plantait un demi sac de riz maintenant il peut désormais en planter un sac entier»

«Nous avons ouvert la voie à la création du Centre de l’Agro-alimentaire, nous avons acheté des semences, et nous avons
accordé des prêts aux agriculteurs, nous avons distribué gratuitement des engrais et des semences, et les prêts leur ont
permis de créer de petites entreprises»

«L'Afrique est en train de prendre conscience que le développement en Afrique est de la responsabilité du continent»

«Nous, en tant qu’Africains, devrions apprendre à nous soutenir mutuellement et essayer d'apprendre à ne pas être seulement
du coté des bénéficiaires, mais aussi du côté des donneurs»

Projets

Depuis mars 2014, le Fonds fiduciaire africain de solidarité a consacré 34,5 millions d’USD en faveur de 15 programmes régionaux et projets nationaux qui sont mis en œuvre dans 36 pays afin de soutenir les efforts déployés pour éradiquer la faim, et réduire la malnutrition et la pauvreté en Afrique.

Le Fonds a également soutenu la Guinée, le Libéria et la Sierra Leone, les pays les plus touchés par l'épidémie d'Ebola afin d’enrayer les effets potentiellement dévastateurs de la maladie sur la sécurité alimentaire et sur les moyens de subsistance des agriculteurs et des populations dans les zones rurales.

Livelihoods resilience opportunities for conflict affected rural communities in Central African Republic

Livelihoods resilience opportunities for conflict affected rural communities in Central African Republic

Countries/Region covered: Central African Republic 

Objective: Restore production capacities and develop livelihood opportunities to strengthen the resilience of affected and vulnerable farming communities.

Description: As of March 2015 a total of 16,074 households received assistance in the field of agriculture which saw improvements in access to and the production of groundnuts and rice. The capacities of sixty members of village savings and loan associations were strengthened. Support to emergency response in the country was enhanced through crop and food security assessment missions as well as two rounds of Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) analyses. A comprehensive review of FAO’s projects and their outcomes was hindered by the on-going civil unrest across the country, at the peak of which some 2.7 million people required immediate humanitarian assistance.

Start date: 04 Mar 2014. End date:  29 Feb 2016

Amount: USD 2,000,000

Enhanced livelihoods and poverty reduction through economic diversification and decent work opportunities for rural communities

Enhanced livelihoods and poverty reduction through economic diversification and decent work opportunities for rural communities

Countries/Region covered: Ethiopia

Objective: Increase the availability of rural employment opportunities through increased production in crop and livestock products for household consumption as well as income generation from sales of these products.

Description: The project has demonstrated remarkable successes by promoting an integrated approach to improving food/nutrition security and poverty reduction through livelihood diversification and capacity development. Across the country 11,686 rural smallholders benefitted from integrated production of cereals, legumes and vegetables. Food-insecure households were able to meet their food and nutrition needs through production of 8,301 tons of food which is projected to generate an income of USD 7,801,786 for the beneficiaries. The project supported a total of 290 youth to engage in beekeeping which is expected to generate additional income of USD 420 per youth per year, amounting to USD 121,800 for the group. Moreover, 1050 vulnerable women and rural youth have benefitted from income generating activities such as dairy, poultry production, and kits for small scale irrigated agriculture.

Start date: 19 May 2014. End date: 29 Feb 2016

Amount: USD 2,000,000

Integrated approach to build resilience of vulnerable communities to climatic shock in one of the most affected districts in Malawi

Integrated approach to build resilience of vulnerable communities to climatic shock in one of the most affected districts in Malawi

Countries/Region covered: Malawi

Objective: Increase resilience of around 8,000 households vulnerable to disasters in one specific district through participatory training of farmers, using Farmer Field Schools approach.

Description: Over 2,606 farm families have been empowered to diversify and increase their household incomes, increase their market access to inputs, and improve their food and nutrition security, culminating into increased resilience to climatic shocks. With the establishment and capacity strengthening of 56 Village Savings and Loans groups, savings grossing about USD 17,600 were mobilised, allowing 1,232 members to access credit facilities, farm inputs, and to start-up or boost their own businesses. The project also supported 8,500 producer households during the state of disaster after the 2015 floods.  The project mobilized additional resources and is being replicated in three other districts with Euro 5.5 million funding from the European Union, and will be replicated at a larger scale with an additional Euro 35 million programme under formulation. 

Start date: 1 May 2014. End date: 2 May 2016

Amount: USD 2,000,000

Support to the 3N initiative (Nigeriens Nourish Nigeriens) in the communities of convergence

Support to the 3N initiative (Nigeriens Nourish Nigeriens) in the communities of convergence

Countries/Region covered: Niger

Objective: Improve the performance of agro pastoral activities and strengthen the resilience of farmers and pastoralists against future drought or other crisis. 

Description: A total of 160,000 vulnerable households improved their agricultural productivity from quality input distribution throughout village input shops. Child feeding and nutrition was enhanced through investments in livestock recapitalization for vulnerable women and small scale irrigation infrastructure developed on 20 ha of garden, enabling 700 households to produce vegetable and diversify their diets. Furthermore, six farmer warehouse complexes, or “Maison du paysan”, were built and represent one-stop centres to supply agricultural inputs, animal feed and phyto-sanitary products. These centres are now fully operational and able to support hundreds of thousands of farmers over the coming planting seasons. 

Start date: 1 March 2014. End date: 31 May 2016

Amount: USD 2,000,000

Support to South Sudan emergency livelihood programme

Support to South Sudan emergency livelihood programme

Countries/Region covered: South Sudan

Objective: To contribute to protecting vulnerable populations affected by the ongoing crisis in South Sudan against hunger, malnutrition and destitution.

Description: The project contributed to FAO’s Emergency Livelihood Response Programme in both 2014 and 2015, which achieved significant and measurable impacts including mitigation of the risks of famine. In particular, it helped increase food access and availability, and protected the livelihoods of over 200,000 of the most vulnerable individuals in both conflict- and less-affected areas of South Sudan.  The project also reduced the risks of livestock disease outbreaks and mortality for 560,000 animals while protecting the livelihood assets of 18,743 pastoral households by contributing to country-wide vaccination and treatment campaigns. In the Greater Bahr el-Ghazal 3,430 households were supported with enough quality seed to prevent them from slipping into higher levels of food insecurity while seed suppliers were supported to sustain local seed production and marketing.

Start date: 1 April 2014. End date: 30 September 2015

Amount: USD 2,000,000

Enhanced urban food security in Central Africa through improved availability of locally produced food

Enhanced urban food security in Central Africa through improved availability of locally produced food

Countries/Region covered: Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Sao Tome and Principe

Objective: Enhance food security and nutrition in urban areas with the implementation of best agricultural practices for vegetable farming.

Description: The project participated in creating a Farmer Field School Support Network for West and Central Africa, a professional forum that will provide technical support, quality control of FFS services and facilitate the institutionalization of FFS as an extension delivery method in countries of the two sub-regions. The project has trained 25 technicians on the use and maintenance of the horticultural database in order to contribute to enriching its content through inputs from Central African countries are currently poorly represented in this database.

Start date: 15 September 2014. End date: 15 September 2017

Amount: USD 4,000,000

Promoting Nutrition Sensitive Agricultural Diversification to Fight Malnutrition and Enhance Youth Employment Opportunities in Eastern Africa

Promoting Nutrition Sensitive Agricultural Diversification to Fight Malnutrition and Enhance Youth Employment Opportunities in Eastern Africa

Countries/Region covered: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda & Uganda

Objectives: The programme aims at creating decent employment opportunities for young women and men in the agricultural sector in order to (i) improve their income (ii) improve their own access to food, specifically for vulnerable children through school feeding programmes (iii) increase the overall productive capacities of both the poultry and aquaculture value chains.

Description: Small-scale producers, with a focus on youth, are supported in increasing poultry and aquaculture products; and accessing group cooperation, training on production systems and management. Market opportunities are enhanced for small-scale producers (including young women and men) of fish and eggs through school feeding programmes. Public-Private-Partnerships are established to support youth inclusion in producers’ associations. Similarly, support is provided in the local seeds and feed manufacturing sector to increase the availability of quality and standardized seeds and feed.

Start date: 1 November 2014. End date: 1 September 2017

Amount: USD 4,000,000

Strengthening controls of food safety threats, plant and animal pests and diseases for agricultural productivity and trade in Southern Africa

Strengthening controls of food safety threats, plant and animal pests and diseases for agricultural productivity and trade in Southern Africa

Countries/Region covered: Angola, Botswana, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Objectives: Putting in place effective control mechanisms in order to improve food and nutrition security and enhance regional trade in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Region.

Description: The project activities have enabled the region to begin the identification of strategic commodities that needs to receive support along the value chain. During the first year of implementation, the project has met and exceeded its target set for training on Animal Health, Food Safety and Plant Health issues at regional level, thus setting a firm basis for cascading at national level. A number of national implementation plans for surveillance of diseases and pests e.g. EUS and capacity assessments of various national institutions on plant health and animal health have been agreed upon at regional level for 2016 implementation at national level.

Start date: 15 October 2014. End date: 13 October 2017

Amount: USD 4,000,000

Creating Agribusiness Employment Opportunities for Youth through Sustainable Aquaculture Systems and Cassava Value Chains in West Africa

Creating Agribusiness Employment Opportunities for Youth through Sustainable Aquaculture Systems and Cassava Value Chains in West Africa

Countries/Region covered: Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Nigeria and Senegal

Objective: To create decent employment opportunities for youth in six West African countries through sustainable aquaculture systems and cassava value chains.

Description: Models for sustainable and decent jobs for youth in aquaculture and cassava value chains are now defined in each of the six countries with the specificity of a “mentorship” model in Côte d'Ivoire, vertical integration Ghana, start-up activities driven by a good professional environment and market dynamism in Nigeria and Senegal, while development of structures is ongoing in Guinea Bissau and Burkina Faso. A total of 310 youths candidates have been accepted to benefit from the project support and twelve employment opportunities have been defined along the aquaculture and cassava value chains.

Start date: 15 October 2014. End date: 13 October 2017

Amount: USD 4,000,000

Emergency Response to Mitigate the Impact of Ebola Virus Disease on Food Security and Agriculture Based Livelihoods in Liberia

Emergency Response to Mitigate the Impact of Ebola Virus Disease on Food Security and Agriculture Based Livelihoods in Liberia

Countries/Region covered: Liberia

Objectives: Support farmers in adopting improved farming methods following the provision of improved seeds, hand tools, agro-chemicals and cash for labor.

Description:  Rice productivity doubled to 2,248 Kg in post EVD. Through a revitalization of the loan schemes, women have resumed income generating activities and commenced cross-border trade. Community-level food stocks have increased thereby positively impacting on food security.

Start date: 1 February 2015. End date: 31 January 2016

Amount: USD 500,000

Post-Ebola Recovery of the Agribusiness sector in Sierra Leone

Post-Ebola Recovery of the Agribusiness sector in Sierra Leone

Countries/Region covered: Sierra Leone

Objectives: Improve access to critical agricultural inputs such as seeds and fertilizer, and increase households’ incomes after the disruption of production, harvesting and marketing.

Description: Vegetable production increased by over 40% and yields doubled when compared to the production during Ebola period. Households’ earnings increased from zero to an average of USD 50-100 per week, which enabled them to meet their needs and make savings for reinvestment in the next agricultural season. At least 60% of the recipients reported that they have had their businesses increased in volume and sales turn over. Proceeds from the recapitalization were used to contribute to Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) funds and to pay school fees and hospital bills among other needs.Social cohesion that was lost during the outbreak of the EVD, as a result of quarantine measures instituted by Government, is being re-established again.

Start date: 1 February 2015. End date: 31 January 2016

Amount: USD 500,000

Support to the Resilience of Ebola Affected Households

Support to the Resilience of Ebola Affected Households

Countries/Region covered: Guinea

Objective: To assist the government in achieving its objectives in terms of food security and poverty reduction.

Description: The project improved food security 1 000 households affected by the disease to Ebola Virus in five prefectures of Lower Guinea through the provision of inputs agriculture: rice seed, fertilizers and small agricultural tools. It carried out sensitization campaigns on the Ebola Virus Disease, enhanced capacities of the staff within the network of participative and integrated monitoring of wildlife. Ninety five percent of households in the project area benefitted from agricultural inputs distribution, training and supervision to strengthen their resilience.

Start date: 1 February 2015. End date: 31 January 2016

Amount: USD 500,000

Enhancing employment opportunities for rural youth in Africa

Enhancing employment opportunities for rural youth in Africa

Countries/Region covered: Benin, Cameroon, Malawi, and Niger

Objectives: Create greater entrepreneurship and enterprise development opportunities for young rural men and women, and improve access to decent farm and non-farm employment

Description:  The project will set up a platform and use the funds efficiently to build synergies and partnerships with on-going programmes in the beneficiary countries. An inception phase is on course for better scoping, for defining a coherent approach at the country level and setting up institutional arrangements between implementation partners. A capacity assessment is conducted to enable FAO to transfer project funds and execution responsibilities to NEPAD.

Start date: 1 April 2015. End date:  31 March 2018

Amount: USD 4,000,000

Youth employment toward rural poverty reduction

Youth employment toward rural poverty reduction

Countries/Region covered: Mali 

Objective: Strengthen the capacity of youth groups for them to effectively engage in the production and marketing of rice, milk, poultry, fish, and vegetables.

Desciption: The project was well received by the communities as Mali, agricultural professional organizations, and by the Government. The Junior Farmer Field and Life School (JFFLS) approach adopted has generated widespread enthusiasm and the project has had a catalytic effect in mobilizing additional resources from other funding partners. A total of 400 new jobs are to be put in place and 1000 others improved with an average of about 5 young per activity set up. Eighty youth were trained as facilitators and 40 persons from the agricultural offices and agricultural professional organizations as trainers of the JFFLS approach.  

Start date: 1 July 2014. End date: 30 June 2016

Amount: USD 2,000,000

Africa’s South-South Cooperation Facility for Agriculture and Food Security

Africa’s South-South Cooperation Facility for Agriculture and Food Security

Countries/Region covered: Angola, Burkina Faso, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Niger and Zimbabwe

Objective: Disseminate Africa’s best practices for agriculture and food security.

Description: Participants from Kenya, Uganda and Zambia visited Zimbabwe to share experience in climate smart agriculture and conservation agriculture based on lessons learnt from past and on-going activities. Similarly, cassava farmers and actors from Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo visited and gathered experience from cooperatives in the cassava value chain in Cameroon. The project also supports the production and dissemination of communication, visibility and advocacy materials for other ASTF projects in selected countries.

Start date: 19 March 2015. End date:  28 February 2017

Amount: USD 1,000,000