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Sometimes you just have to bring the hives into a village to fight hunger, support the development of the mangroves to protect biodiversity, or offer a sustainable farming course to survive climate change. Find out how to help us help ourselves.

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Kafo-Bissau-098

2023-2026

Objective: rice self-sufficiency.

Although it is the main source of sustenance for the local population, the rice produced is not enough to cover the country’s food needs. This project aims to increase rice production in order to improve nutrition levels and diversify the local population’s source of income.

Project sheet

Support to rice production and productivity and complementary activities. 

Objectives
To help reduce rural poverty in the northern regions of the country through the development of farming activities to increase production, guarantee food security and diversify the local populations’ income. 

Beneficiary groups
Local populations in areas with high agricultural potential, farmers’ associations and local NGOs in the region of Tombali and Quinara. 

Funding
PADES project, International Fund for Agricultural Development – IFAD, Additional DSF grant no. 2000004361.

Kafo-Bissau-110

2022-2024

Rural entrepreneurs to the rescue!

And the byword is: diversification. This project aims to diversify smallholders’ crops in order to improve food quality, fight climate change and extend access to markets, fostering rural entrepreneurship.

Project sheet

Agricultural diversification project, integrated markets, nutrition, climate resilience. 

Objectives
To support the diversification of smallholder farming adapted to climate changes, improving access to the market and food diversity, fostering rural entrepreneurship among young people and women and their integration in the regional and sub-regional trade corridors. 

Beneficiary groups
Family production units (FPUs) and village organisations of rural smallholders (OVPPR) in the regions of Oio and Cacheu. 

Funding
REDE project and International Fund for Agricultural Development – IFAD (loan no. 2000003244 and grant no. 2000003231).

Kafo-Bissau-065

2020-2022

Plant the right seed!

Through this project, we have safeguarded and increased the use of traditional local seed varieties to combat the genetic impoverishment of the seeds used and promote food sovereignty, the development of agrodiversity and the defence of the local cultural heritage and identity.

Project sheet

Project to improve the ability to manage and preserve local seed varieties in order to fight the genetic erosion of local varieties at risk of extinction. 

Objectives
Helping local communities to recover the ability to produce, manage and preserve local seeds at risk in rural areas. 

Beneficiary groups
23 associations, cooperatives and rural producer groups in Guinea-Bissau. 

Funding
The US New Field Foundation through the project Seeds, Soil and Culture.

Kafo-Bissau-094

2018-2022

School food is local food!

This project promoted the supply of local farm produce to school canteens in order to improve the nutrition levels of students, increase family income and raise awareness on the topic of school attendance, particularly for girls.

Project sheet

Project for the purchase of local produce from family smallholdings to supply food to rural school canteens. 

Objectives
To improve the nutrition levels among pupils of rural primary schools and diversify the income of rural smallholders. To raise awareness among farming families of the need to send girls to school.

Beneficiary groups
85,756 pupils aged between 7 and 14 (40,460 females and 45,314 males) in rural primary schools in the northern regions of Guinea-Bissau and several hundred rural smallholders. 

Co-funding 
World Food Programme (WFP), the Government of Japan and the Ministry of Education of Guinea-Bissau.

Kafo-Bissau-055

2018-2020

Cashews at full speed!

In this project, we innovated the cashew farming sector (Guinea- Bissau is one of the largest producers in the world), with training and refresher courses covering topics including agronomy and crop diversification, valid allies in combating soil depletion, overuse of water resources and climate problems.

Project sheet

Rural vulgarisation project for cashew farmers in Guinea-Bissau. 

Objectives
Extension of the cashew agronomy, reduction of monocultures and support for agricultural diversification. 

Beneficiary groups
Over 9,700 farmer-members of the farming organisations in the northern regions of Guinea-Bissau. 

Co-funding
World Bank, International Development Association (IDA) and Government of Guinea-Bissau.

Photo-Kafo-3

2018-2020

Healthy mangroves, healthy people.

This project aims to protect and preserve the mangrove forests, the ideal habitat for growing rice, the staple food in the local diet, providing farmers with continuous training to develop more productive crops that can withstand the environmental and trade challenges.

Project sheet

Cashew Sector Development Project (PDSC), Guinea-Bissau. 

Objectives
To improve the ability of cashew sector operators to comply with environmental, social and trade (EST) standards and sector traceability requirements, increasing the accountability of cashew smallholders. 

Beneficiary groups
Over 5,000 farmer-members of the agricultural producer organisations in the northern regions of Guinea-Bissau. 

Co-funding 
World Bank, Government of Guinea-Bissau.

Kafo-Bissau-112

2016-2024

The new motto: grow and respect.

Producing more but in a more sustainable manner: this project aimed to help producers of fonio, an ancient indigenous cereal, to increase their productivity while complying with the environmental, social and trade standards governing the sector.

Project sheet

Sustainable development of mangrove farming in Guinea-Bissau. 

Objectives 
Agricultural production, rural development, food security, management of and awareness raising on socio-economic and environmental challenges.

Beneficiary groups
A dozen rice producer organisations in the villages (VRPO) and family production units (FPU) in the Oio region (communities along the banks of the Mansoa River). 

Co-funding 
European Union (EU), Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Région de la Loire and CC Cap Atlantique, Fondation Prince Albert -Monaco. Project Managers UNIVERS-SEL NGO and the KAFO Federation.

Kafo-Bissau-074

2013-2020

Drinking water without borders.

This project brought drinking water to the remotest villages, improving health and hygiene and reducing water-related diseases. It gave a strong boost to local farming and trade, freeing women from long journeys to collect water, leaving more time for production activities.

Project sheet

Project for the construction of drinking water infrastructure and the provision of health-hygiene services to villages. 

Objectives
To improve the access of rural communities to drinking water and hygiene. 

Beneficiary groups
Rural populations of 225 isolated villages in the northern regions of Guinea-Bissau, suffering from inadequate access to basic social services. 

Co-funding 
SWISSAID Foundation and a private Swiss donor.

Kafo-Bissau-085

2012-2018

Team building around the forests.

This project aimed to disseminate community forest management practices and support the institutional reforms required to protect their implementation, bringing a solid basis for subsistence to the rural communities within a pro-active, self-managed development framework.

Project sheet

Support to participatory management initiatives to develop natural resources in rural areas. 

Objectives
Development of community forestry, promotion and support to forestry sector reforms in Guinea-Bissau. 

Beneficiary groups
Rural communities in 355 villages in the northern and north-eastern regions of Guinea-Bissau, voluntary associations, political leaders, local authorities, etc.  

Co-funding 
SWISSAID (the Swiss development cooperation foundation).

Photo-Kafo-61 cover2

2008-2011

Putting women in the centre!

Through this 3-year project, we guaranteed improved sexual and reproductive health for thousands of rural women, providing technical and professional skills to allow them to finally become leaders in their communities.

Project sheet

Programme promoting improved access by rural women to education, sexual and reproductive health, technical and vocational training on gender and equality. 

Objectives
To improve the level of out-of-school education to sexual and reproductive health among rural women, consolidating their professional skills and increasing their awareness of gender and equality issues. 

Beneficiary groups
77 associations and groups of rural women in the northern and north-eastern regions of Guinea-Bissau. 

Funding
AECID (Spanish agency for international cooperation and development).

API

2006-2009

Let’s all learn about bee-keeping.

Through this project, we developed a continuous training programme for bee-keepers in the rural centre of Djalicunda. This has made entire communities self-sufficient in producing a major source of food, motivating them to abandon wild honey collecting, which often means cutting down trees in the forests to reach the honeycombs of wild bees.

Project sheet

Support to the creation of a bee-keeping training centre in the village of Djalicunda. 

Objectives
Development of honey production systems based on the sustainable management of bees and honey resources, training and skills development of bee-keepers. 

Beneficiary groups
KAFO Federation of Farmers and 27 traditional bee-keeping associations in the northern regions of Guinea-Bissau. 

Funding
SWISSAID (the Swiss development cooperation foundation).

Djalicunda: cultivating diversity, forging a new future.

The rural centre in Djalicunda

Kafo is the traditional cornerstone of the village. Djalicunda the world that revolves around it.

In Mandinka language, “Kafo” means “representatives of the village”, a small group of men, women and young people who traditionally coordinate the periodic meetings of the community and manage the activities. 

Respecting traditions, today the Kafo Federation plays the same role, managing the activities revolving around the centre and the rural area of Djalicunda, in the heart of the unspoilt forests in the north of the country. 

This is where the bright future of 25,000 farmers takes shape every day.

Because Djalicunda is a training centre for peasants and farmers, offering dozens of courses on production, sustainability, social and community growth. But it is also a radio station that helps build the community with music and news. It is a meeting place where projects are developed, where the village chief can dialogue with sponsors who have come from far away. 

It also has school allotments, where the peasants and farmers put the lessons learned into practice. It is a seed bank, protecting traditions and biodiversity, as well as a centre for national and international conferences on new sustainable development models and environmental issues. 

Djalicunda is the first and only rural development and training centre for farming communities in Guinea Bissau, and aims in future to become a university hub for studying agronomy and more modern and sustainable rural development models.

The centre’s activities.

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