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 will boost 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 strengthen the resilience of populations, particularly women and youth.
The project will improve food supply and accessibility through the development of agricultural value chains by improving farm productivity and technological innovations; sustainable management of agricultural natural resources; promotion of agricultural entrepreneurship and employment of youth and women; support for improved nutrition; and stakeholder capacity building. Activities will include improving and managing agricultural infrastructure (such as irrigation schemes, farm-to-market roads, as well as storage and processing facilities), strengthening crop distribution and marketing systems, and ensuring access to certified seeds and good-quality fertilizer and pesticides. It will also promote 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 improvements plants into the crop rotation system).
- Climate Change
27,000 poor people reached across nine districts, 32% of whom are women. By the end of the project, the project will directly benefit 50,000 people, 40% of whom are women. 150 youth were trained on the production of rice, corn, vegetables, and fish along the value chains.
31 groups comprising 465 members, including 320 women, were selected for the production of vegetables during the off-season with 260 hectares of cultivated land.
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