When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, GAFSP was able to respond quickly and flexibly to the emerging crisis – providing much needed financing that allowed farmers to design and implement the interventions which worked best for them.
Le Programme Mondial pour l’agriculture et la sécurité alimentaire (GAFSP) : une recette pour atteindre l’objectif faim zéro.
Sangay Dorji is a Senior Agriculture Extension Supervisor with Karmaling Gewog, or community block, with the government of Bhutan. He has been working with the GAFSP-supported FSAPP project, which aims to increase agricultural productivity and enhance market linkages among a target of 52,000 poor people.
When provided with the right tools and resources, small-scale food producers can respond with remarkable speed and flexibility in times of crisis – a spike in conflict worldwide and the COVID-19 crisis have shown that. Five years after successfully testing the MMI, GAFSP is now funding small-scale food producers directly through the producer organizations that represent them.
GAFSP announced $121 million in new grants for nine national governments and, for the first time, an additional $30 million for producer organizations based in 12 countries worldwide. This funding aims to strengthen sustainable, inclusive, and resilient food systems in the world’s poorest countries, in response to rising food insecurity linked to COVID-19 and climate change.
The GAFSP-funded Inclusion of Rural Youth in Poultry and Aquaculture Value Chains in Mali project works with CNOP in Mali to support rural youth in creating income-generating activities that foster food and nutrition security. The young entrepreneurs have been provided with technical training, including how to set up an organization, and how to manage the finances for poultry and fish farming value-chains.
Since 2017, across 25 municipalities of the Dry Corridor, the US$30 GAFSP-supported project has been implemented to bring food and nutrition security to Honduras’ driest areas, reaching more than 12,000 households through the installation of water irrigation technology and climate-resilient agriculture, enabling farmers to provide more nutritious foods for their families as well as for the market.
GAFSP and the SDG2 Advocacy Hub co-hosted a virtual side event, Prioritizing Climate Resilience: Building a New Policy Consensus with Smallholder Farmers, at the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 49). Watch the recording, hear from the speakers and explore the highlights of the event.
This exciting panel discussion highlights examples of gender smart solutions that are successfully creating inclusive agricultural value chains across Africa.
Since bananas are in great demand in Senegal’s cities, many farmers struggle to make ends meet when they cannot be harvested. There is a name for the season during which bananas can’t be harvested: the ‘soudure’. During these times, some households may not be able to afford food, or consume less due to lack of resources.
In southwest Bhutan, 6,500 people have been assisted in increasing the quality and quantity of produce like rice, maize, potato, vegetables, quinoa, citrus, apples, and potatoes, as well as high-value spices such as large cardamom and ginger.
Natasha Hayward is GAFSP’s outgoing Program Head. Presenting the first piece in this series, she reflects on her past six years and offers her thoughts on the Program and its future.