Sustainable family farming for food security

Sustainable family farming for food security

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Last Update: June 13, 2013

This project will be implemented in Lelouma and Pita prefectures and consist on providing technical assistance to farmers in their homegardens and field crops. Family farming employes everyone in the family including kids and elders and production is never enough to feed them year round.

The Problem

Many of the targeted villages and field crops are on hills, suffer erosion during rainy season and heavy drought during dry season. People here lack either food quality or quantity everyday and the yearly occuring hunger season (in July and August) leaves many people weakend by malnutrition, chronical deases and severe degradation of natural resources.

The Solution

This project aims at equiping farmers with the skills necessary to increase production of staple crops and grow diverse vegetable crops for sustainable livelihoods. Seven NGO field agents will work with 6 villages (three in each prefecture) to provide technical training, set networking between farmers, organize field trips and exchanges and accompany farmers in their daily farming or gardening work. Technical training will focus in the promotion of sustainable farming and/or gardening practices for improved production, postharvest techniques for better food handling and conservation.


People here eat one meal a day during hunger season (august - july) and enjoy more than three meals a day during time of abundance. If trained in improved food handling techniques, better use of seasonal and food calendar and in postharvest techniques, those farmers will produce enough to feed themselves and improve their livelihoods. More than 95% of crops here are only grown during rainy season (May - October) and dry season is considered a "dead season" when people only enjoy their production. When farmers will use sustainable farming or gardening practices throughout the year, they will be able to more then double their yield and food supply.


Future impact includes - but is not limited to: increased yield and food supply, better health and nutrition, improved soil fertility, stronger farmer organizations. This will strengthen farmers' self-accountability and reduce burden for kids and women.

Budget: $10,000 - $50,000

Sustainability Plan

NGO AGEDD has already identified skilled farmers who will serve as leader trainers. They will be educated in improved farming practices and their fields will be used as demonstration plots. This will help them to run efficiently their own field crops and sustain the project when Ashoka funds will be fully used.


This problem is also addressed by AASBF (Burkina Fasso) in their Femmes, VIH, Villes et Agriculture Familiale project and by Sustainable Harvest International. The uniqueness of our project resides in the fact that it focuses on sustainable agroforestry practices emphasizing the need for production and conservation of natural resources.

Founding Story

This project has the potential to improve food security and livelihoods for thousands of farmers and their families and conserve natural resources.

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Thu, 06/13/2013 - 03:45

Food Security is not only about increasing food production but also food quality through sustainable farming practices