Objectives

  1. Contribute to the recapitalization of the populations living in watersheds and the rehabilitation of productive systems
  2.  Recover and stabilize the components of environmental systems, which the affected productive systems depend on
  3. Sensitize populations on the physical vulnerability of watersheds and on this basis initiate the process of participatory management to improve the use of natural resources and of the territory
  4. Strengthen citizen participation through coordinated action of different actors and agents of development in the various municipalities
  5. Strengthen the technical and operational capacity of the National Centre for Agricultural and Forestry Technology (CENTA).

Methodology

Technical Strategy

1) Diversification of productivity under a competitive process: Diversification seeks to include small farmers in formal markets through an orderly process with small interest groups and with a methodology that goes from the planning of production of crops demanded in the market.

2) Development of soil and water conservation practices: These practices consist in introducing live barrier species, scattered trees in alleys and small forests, giving priority to native species and multiple purpose, pasture rehabilitation, agroforestry systems and conservation forage.

3) Support for Non-Agricultural Rural Activities (NARA's): The strategy aims to address the needs of structured capacity building in the community, such as training and vocational activities. Capacity building within communities promotes the development of income-generating local activities for the family to alleviate food needs and improve living conditions.


Operational Strategy

 1) Strategic Alliances: Promotion of articulated and coordinated activities with different actors and agents of national and local development through strategic alliances to achieve synergies in the execution of work.

2) Local participation in the micro-watershed approach: Partnerships with the Municipality and other entities are sought through participation in order to establish a single development plan in each community that considers planning from the watershed perspective. It also seeks to insert the priority needs of communities and promotes an integrated inter-agency effort, through development programs in place.

3) Development of activities under the framework of a Family Farm Plan: Families work on a Family Farm Plan, which includes farm and non-farm activities that ensure the participation of the family in community and municipal activities.

4) Gender as a transversal axis: The institutional gender policy of the Ministry of Agriculture considers gender equity as a privileged cross-cutting axis of the intervention, proposed for the 2004-2009 period, providing a solid basis for effective contribution in reducing the gap between rural men and women, especially in relation to access, control and use of production resources.

5) Creation of an incentive fund to support productive activities: A seed funding to establish a revolving fund for credit in production, with the previous grant funding of the project budget and funding for families. This helped the establishment of a community revolving fund.

6) Community organization: This is promoted and strengthened in order to consolidate the processes implemented locally. It should be noted that the organization is a tool to achieve specific purposes and not an end in itself, and that success is based on the union in accordance with the needs and purposes, based on principles such as honesty, representativeness, equity and justice.

7) Training and communication: The methodology learning-by-doing is used through demonstration plots and model farms, practical training, tours and workshops on planning and evaluation. The dissemination strategy includes the media (newsletters, posters, brochures, technical series, etc.) and videos.

8) Technical assistance and technology transfer: The technical assistance is developed as a component of strategic support for the implementation of actions and the achievement of sustainability after project’s completion. Thus, technical assistance is developed with the assistance of implementing agencies, supported by community leaders. The process is accompanied by FAO.

 



last updated:  Tuesday, February 12, 2013