$24 million for the Project to Support Food Production and Build Resilience in Alibori, Borgou, and Collines Departments (PAPVIRE-ABC) to enhance food and nutritional security and improve the income of poor households.
GAFSP funding will improve food security through increased cereal and vegetable production, and reduced post-harvest losses. The project will disseminate appropriate measures for sustainable management of agricultural natural resources (water and soils) for adoption to improve the income of small farmers and rural women. It will also provide improved storage/conservation and processing facilities, and strengthen the food crop distribution and marketing system.
Support to production and marketing infrastructure and equipment
The project will support: construction of irrigation schemes for small farmers growing rice and women's vegetable farms; construction of farm-to-market roads to facilitate access to farms; construction of processing, storage/conservation, marketing and transport infrastructure; setting up pilot rice processing and vegetable conservation equipment; managing and maintaining community infrastructure; providing temporary employment to the population while increasing their involvement in the development of their communities.
Support to farms and capacity building for farmers
The project will focus on providing advisory services on managerial aspects of family farms, agricultural production and post-harvest loss reduction techniques, nutrition training, and storage, conservation and marketing of farm produce. Farmers will receive high quality inputs through: ensuring procurement and distribution of certified seeds; facilitating access to high quality fertilizer and pesticides at subsidized rates; facilitating capacity building activities on use of technological packages relating to sustainable farming; promoting land conservation and regeneration techniques as well as climate change adaptation and natural resource management measure for small farmers, and in particular, including legumes and soil improvements plants into the crop rotation system through methods developed by Terra Africa and the German Cooperation (GIZ and KfW). The project will provide food and nutritional security by: improving farm produce conservation and storage methods to reduce post-harvest losses and avoid pesticide food poisoning; improving food crop distribution channels; promoting decentralized storage to build food security buffer stocks in the communes; conducting informational and awareness raising campaigns on food safety among households mainly on vegetable products; educating women’s groups on nutritional, food safety aspects and storage methods for rice processing and conservation of vegetable crops such as pepper, onion and tomato.
Selected Supervising Entity:
African Development Bank (AfDB)
Mr. Samba Tounkara, Expert Halieute en Chef, firstname.lastname@example.org, +225 20261657, located in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
Official Project Documents:
Project Appraisal Document - September 2015 (pdf)