FAO-EU partnership

Revitalizing agriculture in Swaziland

Improving food security and fostering equitable economic growth

In an effort to improve the food security of rural households and to foster equitable economic growth and development, the Government of Swaziland and FAO, with funding from the European Union (EU), work together to boost agricultural productivity, while at the same time reversing environmental degradation.

Smallholder agriculture is a critical lifeline of Swaziland’s majority rural population.

But unreliable rainfall, uncontrolled livestock grazing, not fully exploited crop rotations, the cost of inputs and the HIV/AIDS epidemic have led to falling yields for more than a decade.

At the same time, food insecurity has risen dramatically, especially on the countryside. It is estimated that almost 7 out of 10 persons live below the poverty line.

Moreover, mounting pressures on land and water resources have led to an unsustainable level of environmental degradation and soil erosion.

Sustainable food security and equitable economic growth

The Swaziland Agricultural Development Project (SADP) was established in 2009 to revitalize agriculture and contribute to the creation of a vibrant commercial agricultural sector.

With a focus on improving smallholder crop and livestock production, research and extension service delivery and smallholder market-oriented agro-business development, the SADP fosters sustainable food security for rural households and contributes to increased equitable economic growth and development.

The SADP is a 5-years programme with €14.2 million of funding by the European Union and 
€ 341 000 by FAO. It is implemented by the Government of Swaziland and FAO.

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