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Emergency agricultural support to vulnerable households in Cabo Verde, the Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Senegal

Emergency agricultural support to vulnerable households in Cabo Verde, the Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Senegal

Full title of the project:

Emergency Agricultural Support to vulnerable households in Cabo Verde, the Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Senegal affected by food insecurity and malnutrition

Target areas:

Cabo Verde, the Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Senegal

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 2 000 000
01/04/2014-31/12/2014
Project code:
OSRO/RAF/401/JPN
Objective:

To improve the food and nutrition security of vulnerable communities and households and increase their resilience to various shocks.

Key partners:

The Ministries of Agriculture and Livestock, Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) and local authorities and associations.

Beneficiaries reached:

126 148 people, including 3 210 in Cabo Verde, 71 384 in the Gambia, 18 534 in Guinea Bissau and 33 020 in Senegal.

Activities implemented:
  • Procured and distributed the following agricultural and livestock inputs: 6 654 animals (pigs, poultry and small ruminants), 10 035 market gardening seed kits, 86 irrigation kits, 339.6 tonnes of animal feed, 156.95 tonnes of crop seeds, 289 tonnes of fertilizer, 80 agricultural tools and 499 220 doses of vaccines.
  • Provided training to a total of 644 people focusing on various topics, including: (i) contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBPP) disease recognition; (ii) vaccination strategies; (iii) blood collection, sampling and utilization of CBPP vaccines and their cold chain maintenance; (iv) animal husbandry practices; (v) gardening activities; (vi) maize and rice production and post-harvesting techniques; (vii) Newcastle disease; and (viii) management of livestock feed stores.
  • Produced training and outreach material, including leaflets, brochures, radio and television programmes and project photo exhibitions.
  • Organized a workshop at the regional level to identify lessons learned and good practices and discuss the various experiences during project implementation.
Impact:
  • Increased the availability of and access to agricultural and livestock production (e.g. thanks to quality seeds provided to beneficiaries in Guinea Bissau, production doubled compared with previous years).
  • Enabled beneficiaries to establish food and seed reserves as well as sell part of their production to generate income and cover food and non-food related costs (e.g. thanks to cowpea seeds distributed to beneficiaries in the Gambia, 2 000 tonnes were produced with an estimated value of USD 2 831 554).
  • Improved the level of nutrition and contributed to diversify beneficiaries’ diets.
  • Contributed to decrease livestock mortality rates (e.g. 3.52 percent decrease rate for cattle in Senegal) and contain the spread of animal diseases (e.g. following the immunization campaign in Senegal the mortality rate of poultry dropped by 12.8 percent) thanks to the distribution of animal feed and vaccines.
  • Reinforced the capacities of beneficiaries in terms animal disease recognition, vaccination strategies, agriculture and livestock production practices and post-harvesting techniques.