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Strengthening production capacity of farmers affected by the earthquake through seed multiplication

Strengthening production capacity of farmers affected by the earthquake through seed multiplication

Full title of the project:

Strengthening production capacity of vulnerable farmers directly and indirectly affected by the earthquake through support to community based seed multiplication

Target areas:

West and South-Est Departments

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 408 333
01/01/2011-30/04/2012
Project code:
OSRO/HAI/022/IRE
Objective:

To improve access to agricultural inputs by supporting the local production and marketing of quality seeds and planting materials, in collaboration with local partners and producer organizations.

Key partners:

The Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development, seed producers’ organizations as well as national and international NGOs.

Beneficiaries reached:

Some 3 400 vulnerable households, 4 300 members belonging to 10 small-scale production seed groups (GPAS), the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development and the populations from the Western and South-eastern departments.

Activities implemented:
  • Organized seed fairs and distributed vouchers that allowed to purchase 33.6 tonnes of quality seeds.
  • Loaned 9.9 tonnes of basic seeds for GPAS multiplication activities.
  • Trained 203 GPAS members on seed production techniques, agricultural enterprise management and the “Farmer Field School” approach.
  • Distributed 32 silos with a total storage capacity of 16 tonnes.
  • Distributed a portable soil moisture box, 300 tote bags with a capacity of 50 kg per bag, four seed dryers, a scale capable of weighing up to 100 kg, maize shellers, three germinators and a trier for seed sampling to each of the 10 GPAS.
  • Facilitated trainings on the use of the equipment provided by the project.
Impact:
  • Renewed degenerated seeds and introduced new crop varieties including beans, sorghum and peas.
  • Improved the production and marketing of quality seeds.
  • Produced 57 tonnes of bean seed, 1 150 tonnes of maize seed, 65 tonnes of pea seed and 80 tonnes of sorghum seed.
  • Produced 387 tonnes of beans, 26 tonnes of maize and 400 kg of peas for a total value of USD 676 834.
  • Improved the technical capacity of GPAS members, and stabilized the socio-economic GPAS situation.
  • Improved the GPAS seed packaging and storage practices.
  • Strengthened social cohesion and business links between local seed producers and farmers in the region.