■ In rural regions where the population faces poverty and malnutrition issues, support to agriculture is paramount. Not only does agriculture contribute to direct food security for families through home consumption, it also allows these families to raise their income by trading commodities on local markets or exporting them. Thanks to these “cash crops” rural families can send their children to school and gain access to healthcare. Our actions in this field aim at:
■ Making farmers less dependent on climatic hazards (droughts, floods) by water management constructions for agricultural use (mini dams, cisterns, wells).
■ Contribute to the deployment of agricultural production through co-ops (nurseries, seeds, technical training)
■ Professionalising farmers when it comes to trading their products (aménagement des filières (je ne sais pas ce que c’est), market studies and promotion) and ensuring the institutional reinforcement of their organisations (statute, rules of procedure, democracy)
■ In this context, we are part of the action towards achieving the number one objective of the United Nations’ Millennium Development goals: “Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger”