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Strengthen and coordinate agriculture and disaster risk management responses to food and nutrition security in Mauritania

Strengthen and coordinate agriculture and disaster risk management responses to food and nutrition security in Mauritania

Full title of the project:

Strengthen agriculture and disaster risk management responses in Mauritania

Target areas:

Assaba, Brakna, Gorgol, Guidimaka, Hodh Chargui, Hodh El Gharbi and Tagant

USD 800 000
Project code:

To improve the food and nutrition security by contributing to a solid livelihood foundation that will enable the vulnerable population in Southern Mauritania to mitigate threats and vulnerability.

Key partners:

Ministry of Rural Development, the National Centre for Agriculture Research and Development and the Centre de formation des producteurs ruraux of Boghé, the Centre semencier de Kaédi, the Commission régionale de développement and the Comité départemental.

Beneficiaries reached:

12 405 direct beneficiaries.

Activities implemented:

Agriculture component:

  • Distribution of 153.52 kg of vegetable seeds to 152 market gardening cooperatives (4 560 people), of which 30 also received plant protection material and 300 hand tools; 89 of the 152 cooperatives also received training;
  • distribution of 46 500 sweet potato cuttings and fertilizer kits (50 kg of urea, 50 kg of NPK 15-15-15 and 50 kg of triple super phosphate) to 39 cooperatives (2 530 people), of which 20 also received plant protection material; the 39 cooperatives were trained on sweet potato production techniques and 38 on sweet potato cooking techniques; in addition, 36 cooperatives (2 704 people) received 27 000 sweet potato cuttings; and
  • provision of training to 77 seed multipliers.

Livestock component:

  • Distribution of kits with the necessary material to establish pastoral reserves to four pastoral reserve management committees (970 people);
  • provision of training and distribution of the necessary material to produce multinutrient to two pilot cooperatives (45 people);
  • provision of fertilizer and training to 20 fodder cooperatives (1 468 people), of which seven also received seven motor pump units and 14 also received 112 tools;
  • provision of training to 29 facilitators of 16 pastoral field schools; and
  • provision of training to 22 beneficiaries on Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards.

Agriculture component:

  • Trained 77 seed multipliers on basic seed multiplying techniques and as a result 11.2 ha were planted and 11.6 tonnes of quality seeds were produced and stored in the communal store to be sold for the next campaign;
  • planted about 76 ha with the 153.52 kg of vegetable seeds distributed (0.5 ha per cooperative);
  • planted 2.9 ha with the 73 500 sweet potato cuttings distributed and 25 tonnes of orange-fleshed sweet potatoes were produced; and
  • carried out ten recipes using orange-fleshed sweet potato and introduced them at household level.

Livestock component:

  • Established four pastoral reserves (20 ha each);
  • produced 500 multinutrient blocks;
  • planted 2.73 ha and produced 4 200 plants, 4 200 sprouts, 100 kg of cowpea and 100 kg of sorghum;
  • reaped the fodder produced to feed their animals multiple times (from one to four times for cowpea, from zero to two for sorghum and from zero to three for sprouts); after reaping from one to three times, some beneficiaries let their animals into the field for direct pasture as the fodder in the field continued to grow;
  • used the fodder produced to feed the cooperatives’ animals and part of it was also sold in local markets to other herders.