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SFW Projects

Commercialization of Agriculture for Food Security (FSCA-PISA)

These projects are implemented by seven countries in West Africa and are funded by the government of Italy through the Global Trust Fund for Security and Food Safety managed by FAO. The objective of these projects is to support African agriculture by developing a modern, competitive and commercially dynamic sector.


Water and Food Security Initiative in Africa (IESA)


This project is funded by the Spanish government and it aims at helping five West African countries to achieve food security and agricultural water development. Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Niger and Senegal are the beneficiary countries.

Appui aux Acteurs et leurs Organisations pour le Développement d’Unités Semi industrielles de Transformation Agroalimentaire pour la Réduction de la Pauvreté et de l’Insécurité Alimentaire

This regional project, directly implemented with ROPPA (Réseau des Organisations Paysannes et de Producteurs de l'Afrique de l'Ouest). It involves five West-African countries (Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo) and has the objective to enhance rural livelihoods by strengthening FOs (mostly women) in commercial agro-processing, but also through capacity building of national farmer group  organizations, members of ROPPA will implement the project in each country.


Other Projects;

  • Appui a la preparation du plan de convergence pour la gestion et lútilisation durable des écosystémes forestiers en Afrique de l’Ouest.
  • Projet d’appui aux investissements Agricoles de la Banque Ouest – Africaine de Développement (PAIA-BOAD) dans les pays de l’Union Economique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine (UEMOA)
  • Development od a strategy and Pilot Food Security Information System for the Manu River Union
  • South African contribution to the Spanish funded initiative for water and Food Security in West Africa
  • Building Capacity of ECOWAS for effective CAADP implementation in West Africa


Other Projects in West Africa

Amélioration de la production de riz en Afrique de l’Ouest [Improvement of Rice Production in West Africa] (APRAO)

West Africa relies heavily on imports to satisfy its internal rice demand. To help alleviate this dependency, FAO, with the support of USD 5.8 million from the Government of Spain, launched the APRAO project in 2010. Targeting five countries hit hardly by the 2008 soaring food prices (Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal), the project aims at enhancing local rice production. The implementation of the activities relies on the value chain approach and the optimal use of partnerships, and aligns with the rice sector development strategy of each target country. The priority beneficiaries are small-scale seed enterprises and farmers’ organizations, with a particular focus on the involvement of women.


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