In the Alibori, Borgou, and Collines Departments, the prevalence of food insecurity ranges from 10% to 27%. These areas are also subject to climatic hazards, which cause drought and floods with serious consequences – 70% of villages in Alibori Department, 50% in Borgou Department, and 40% in Collines Department have experienced recurrent floods that have caused serious damage to crops and dwellings. These climatic factors, as well as limited market access, limited local product processing, and low producer prices negatively impacts household incomes, increases rural-urban migration, and exacerbates social conflicts over the use of land and transhumance corridors.
The Project to Support Food Production and Build Resilience (PAPVIRE-ABC) targets the most fragile and economically, socially, and environmentally disadvantaged municipalities in selected regions of Benin. It boosts food production in the Alibori, Borgou, and Collines Departments—covering over 2.5 million people—by improving productivity, building resilience to climate change, ensuring sustainable management of agricultural and natural resources, and increasing household incomes to alleviate the impact of poverty and to strengthen the resilience of populations, particularly women and youth.
The project improves food supply and accessibility through the development of agricultural value chains by improving farm productivity, technological innovations, the sustainable management of natural agricultural resources, the promotion of agricultural entrepreneurship, the employment of youth and women, support for improved nutrition, and stakeholder capacity building. Activities include improving and managing agricultural infrastructure (such as irrigation schemes, farm-to-market roads, and storage and processing facilities), strengthening crop distribution and marketing systems, and ensuring access to certified seeds and quality fertilizer and pesticides.
The project also promotes the dissemination and adoption of sustainable land conservation and regeneration techniques as well as climate change adaptation and natural resource management measures for small-scale farmers (e.g., the inclusion of grain legumes and soil improvement plants into the crop rotation system).
- Climate Change
As of December 2019, PAPVIRE-ABC has reached 35,000 poor people across nine districts, 34 percent of whom are women, with the aim of directly benefitting 50,000 people over the course of implementation. The project has compiled a database of climate parameters from 1969 to 2015 for all nine of its intervention municipalities and has trained 30 participants (3 women) on sustainable land management and adaptation to collect more pertinent data under the early warning system. In addition, the project has provided productivity enhancement support to 13,836 smallholder farmers, begun rehabilitating eight dams has begun, provided 2,808 farmers with extension services (377 women; target is 3,510 farmers), provided improved production support to 11,827 hectares, directly employed 162 people, and built the capacities, such as innovative cropping techniques, farm management, and post-harvest loss, of 3,443 people.
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