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Support to farmers for agro-ecological transition initiatives.

The farming communities in 50 villages in the northern regions of Guinea-Bissau are coping with the negative effects of an unprecedented endemic drought that has a significant impact on the agricultural sector, causing food shortages and almost permanent food insecurity.

To strengthen local actions, reduce agricultural productivity deficiencies and consolidate food security efforts, the women and young farmers in rural areas, active members of around twenty Village Development Associations (VDAs), have mobilised to launch a number agricultural production initiatives focusing on agroecological transition.

The group of 900 women and young people are determined to promote the birth, adoption and dissemination of ecologically sustainable farming practices, adapted to the production methods of the local farming communities.

Offering a range of low-cost alternative agricultural practices, agroecology helps to improve crop productivity and is interesting for all farmers, particularly women and young people.

Agroecology is a major source of income for smallholders, who have the chance to create green jobs helping to fight the degradation of agro-biodiversity, which is responsible for the negative impacts on the production of organic agricultural resources.

The serious situation faced today by farmers in the northern regions of Guinea-Bissau is also exacerbated by the effects of climate change, which make poverty of these areas even more chronic, traditionally leaving women farmers fighting an unequal battle alone.

This project reflects the efforts of women and young rural farmers from 50 villages who, united in their cultural diversity and their desire to live together in peace and solidarity, are determined to collectively invest in agroecological transition, allowing them to achieve food security and nutritional sustainability.

The specific objective of agroecological transition is to develop food production, diversify sources of self-consumption, create green jobs and generate additional income for women and young people.

Finally, the last objective is to promote the trade of agroecological products in rural and suburban areas, which is essential for improving the purchasing power of the project promoters.

Expected results

  • 900 women and young farmers from 50 rural villages have launched an agroecological transition in local food production;
  • Revitalising alternative production methods has helped to ensure decent living conditions for 6,300 people, through family smallholdings and collective farms guaranteeing natural products for a healthy, quality diet;  
  • 35% increase of local food production has improved sources of self-consumption in 50 villages, helping to increase the income of women and young people through the sale of excess produce;
  • The creation of green jobs for 900 women and young agro-ecologists has improved their purchasing power and encouraged young people to return to work in the agroecological sector.

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