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Project to Support Food Production and Build Resilience (PAPVIRE-ABC)

$24 million to enhance food and nutritional security and improve the income of poor households in fragile and economically, socially, and environmentally disadvantaged communities.
Arne Hoel

Challenge

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.

Solution

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).

Project Status

Active

Country

Benin

Funding

Public

Focus area

  • Climate Change
  • Gender
  • Nutrition

Supervising entity

AfDB

Results

To date, 33,700 poor people have been reached across nine districts, 32 percent of whom are women. Over the course of implementation, the project will directly benefit 50,000 people, 40 percent of whom are women. Around 143 young people have been trained on the production of rice, corn, vegetables, and fish along the value chains in technology incubation centers. The project has also conducted capacity-building activities through Farmer Field Schools that teach general production technology (2,2724 farmers in the 2018-19 season) as well as teach climate resilient technology for rice and maize (2,821 farmers in the 2018-19 season). 

Work with Us

Launched in 2010, the Global Agriculture & Food Security Program (GAFSP) represents a transformative approach to development aid that pools donor funds to make lasting improvements by supporting technically sound, country-led plans and sustainable, inclusive small- and medium-sized enterprises. The inaugural donors—Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, the Republic of Korea, Spain, and the United States—were soon joined by Australia, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. GAFSP’s donors work in partnership with recipients, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders to improve the lives of smallholder farmers and their families. Millions of poor and vulnerable people around the world will directly benefit from GAFSP’s continued commitment and support. GAFSP looks to engage other donors and stakeholders in this important initiative.

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