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Project to support ecological and sustainable family farming

A prefecture where men, women, children and vulnerable populations have equitable access to healthy and balanced food and lead a flourishing

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Cooperative for Agropastoral Development is an NGO working in the field of sustainable agriculture and environmental protection in Guinea

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small NGO (under 50 employees)

If part of a multi-stakeholder entity (i.e. team), provide the names of other organizations and types of stakeholders collaborating with you.

Another NGO called RESADEL, Local Development Support Network specialized in capacity building for local actors, will support CODAPA in the implementation of this project as well as well as the National Agency for Rural Promotion and Agricultural Consul, seeds, plants and fertilizers service and the water, forest and environment services.

Website of Legally Registered Entity

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • 10+ years

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?


Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?


Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?


What country is your selected Place located in?


Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

The choice of the prefecture of Kissidougou is due to the fact that the NGO was created there and we have started to implement our vision there since 2007 by carrying out several activities in the agro-ecological field by helping certain populations to get rid of certain harmful agricultural practices that have improved production among certain project beneficiaries. To date, we have monitored nearly 5000 farmers, supervised and oriented towards new responsible agro-ecological practices, supported the development of 150 hectares of lowlands and trained 30 producer groups in locally accessible production and processing systems. This prefecture is important for us because the majority of the NGO's members come from there and live their daily lives in an increasingly precarious situation due to the socio-political and economic context. In the 1990s, the prefecture received some refugees from Sierra Leone and Liberia who shared their livelihoods with the indigenous populations, before falling victim to rebel attacks in 2000 and Ebola hemorrhagic fever in 2014. These phenomena, beyond the loss of human lives they have caused, have caused massive displacement and other scourges whose consequences continue to influence local populations. In addition, demographic pressure makes it difficult for vulnerable groups to access arable land and exposes young people to illegal immigration, which causes daily victims on the high seas and in Europe. Our connection with this area is that we and our parents and fellow human beings are victims of the effects of climate change, which disrupts rainfall and other natural phenomena because of certain unhealthy agricultural practices that use chemical fertilizers and pesticides that further impoverish the soil and expose consumers to various diseases.

Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

The populations of the Kissidougou prefecture are mainly composed of peasants (80%) who live off the land and are divided into four main ethnic groups: the Kissi, the Kouranko, the lélés and the malinkés. In addition to these, there are other ethnic groups in the country that live mainly in urban areas and practice trade and other small trades, unlike the indigenous people who practice family farming and small livestock farming, which barely feed them. As part of the diet, rice is the staple food of all ethnic groups and sometimes alternates with fonio and manioc, mainly consumed by the Kourankos and the eleles. Vegetables, legumes and tubers produced in market gardening are mainly used for sauces, which are often not provided with enough animal and/or vegetable protein. The climate is both Sudanese and equatorial because the prefecture has two seasons, 6 months of rain and 6 months of dry season. Like the climate, the vegetation is made up of wooded savannah towards the border areas in Upper Guinea and clear forest towards the prefecture of Guéckédou. In terms of culture and traditions, each of the four ethnic groups has its own culture and traditions, but remains influenced by certain universal values. The main religions are Islam and Christianity, to which animism is added. With globalization, there is the emergence of some free thinkers who do not practice any religion and who are found mainly in the juvenile layer. Social structures are still functional even if there is some modernization because the extended family is still present at the opposite of the nuclear family. Currently, the prefecture of Kissidougou is becoming more urbanized and is experiencing a daily influx of people from rural areas to the city in search of well-being, hence the proliferation of social evils and shortcomings that sometimes cause victims. Despite this, agriculture plays a very important role in improving the socio-economic conditions of the population because it not only provides food for the population, but also contributes to its development. Youths and women's hope is based on the government's action essentially although some have initiated their own enterprises to overcome the employment challenges and the related poverty. The quality and quantity of food consumed by the population is inadequate and is currently one of the major problems of food insecurity and malnutrition experienced by children, pregnant and lactating women. According to WFP's Global Analysis of Food and Nutrition Security Vulnerability in 2018, Kissidougou Prefecture has 29.9% of Moderate Food Insecurity populations and 1.2% Severe Food Insecurity and Global Acute Malnutrition among children under 12 years of age. 5 years is 5%.

What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?


Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

The environment is currently more degraded because of the population explosion and unhealthy farming practices that encourage deforestation and other uses of fauna and flaure supported by the failure of public policies that give free rein to wood cutters and charcoal sellers because gas is always a dream. With regard to food, the centuries-old basic food system is made up of taboos that hinder the access of children, women and the vulnerable to certain essential foods including milk and protein in a context of low production maintained by the community. poverty of ignorant small producers. On the economic level, the resources of the State are insufficient and do not make it possible to face the agricultural investment especially when it is a matter of arranging the perimeters rice and market gardeners. In terms of culture, there are some aspects that do not promote inclusion in women's and young people's access to land, and traditional cultural practices persist and preclude the adoption of sustainable agro-ecological methods. On the other hand, culture has the advantages in certain ancestral practices of transformation and conservation of perishable crops. The adoption of technology because of its costs is increasingly difficult for peasants who have few means. However, there is a need for some partners such as WFP, FAO, GRET, IFAD and other partners to support the government to support the adoption of new technologies by farmers as well as the strengthening of implementation of some policies that support sustainable agriculture.

Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

The challenges addressed by our project are those of the fight against low production and low agricultural productivity through the promotion of responsible agroecology respectful of the values ​​accepted by all within the framework of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the achievement of the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations. The second challenge is to strengthen food security and nutrition through the promotion of family farming by smallholder farmers who have no more than 5 ha of arable land and who primarily use family labor and the means of edge. The third challenge is to strengthen the capacities of grassroots farmers' organizations in the production, conservation, processing, conservation and marketing of locally produced products. To this will be added some topics such as agroecology, community life, women's empowerment, business plans, etc. Finally, the last challenge is to ensure the sustainability of project achievements by the beneficiaries by involving sustainable structures that are decentralized technical services of the State.

High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.

Our overall vision of the implementation of this project is that the small producers of Kissidougou prefecture protect the population from hunger and malnutrition through increased local agroecological production capable of providing healthy and nutritious food. stable to all social strata without distinction and, export the surplus production by 2050

Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

On the environmental front, our activities through the use of agroecological techniques will enable us to restore the environment through conservation agriculture, intensive rice farming system, composting, reforestation and the use of certain plants such as moukouna as a fertilizer or cover plant. We dream of a green environment where temperature and rainfall will return as usual for a diverse fauna and flora. In terms of food, our intervention aims to ensure availability, accessibility, use and stability. Thus, our vision is to see a prefecture where people eat their hunger, healthy, fair and stable diversified meals at hand and in the user-friendliness. In short, people will be rid of the fear of hunger. On the economic front, our intervention will contribute to promoting the resilience of smallholder households to the various shocks that assail their communities through the realization of market gardening activities and other income-generating activities that will strengthen their livelihoods by putting especially focus on women and youth. In short, a prefecture where the populations and especially the vulnerable (young and women) will enjoy the benefits of the financial autonomy that the project will confer on them. In terms of culture, the project aims to promote positive cultural practices for the promotion of agroecology respectful of ancestral values ​​and the requirements of globalization. There, we aim for a prefecture where the dialogue of the generations will be positived around the social and the economy in a climate of resilience. In terms of technology, we plan to use renewable energy technologies such as wind, solar and hydroelectric power for irrigation in market gardens. The vision at this level is that smallholders enjoy clean energy at a lower cost and meet their vital community needs. In terms of policies, our project aims to popularize local development policies but, especially the National Economic and Social Development Plan and especially to initiate participatory community planning actions. We dream of a prefecture where people participate actively in the decision-making process of the people from the identification of their needs to monitoring and evaluation. In short, the populations of Kissidougou are informed of the priorities concerning them and enjoy their rights to the public control of the public action.

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

  • referral by the former Country Representative of World Food Programme in Guinea

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Welcome Project to support ecological and sustainable family farming to the Vision Prize!
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