This program provides the tools and resources needed for West African farmers to be self-sufficient and increase food security for their families. Together, through our value chains of onions, sesame, fonio and cashews and our agricultural training, we will improve crops and access to markets for farmers.
It is estimated that 18 million people are suffering from food shortages caused by drought and conflict in West Africa and nearly 1.5 million children are near starvation. Although emergency relief is provided, a long-term solution is necessary for development and sustainability. Education and increased of vegetable and grain production will bring food security to West Africa. Across 4 countries and more than 100,000 individuals, we will increase farming one village at a time.
IRD is working to mitigate these challenges through education, training and distribution of agricultural seeds and systems. We are working with farmers to grow better vegetables and grains against tough climates successfully; then teaching the farmers how to bring their product to markets.
Lack of food and accessibility to markets are two major causes for food insecurity across West Africa. This project will educate over 1,000 farmers across four countries on better agricultural production, create jobs and allow famers to sell their products. Through training, we will provide better seeds and tool kits to farmers so they may increase their productivity which will lead to larger, more diverse crops for long-term sustainability for their families and communities.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
IRD's Food Security & Agricultural Programming
Sesame & fonio value chain in Mali & Burkina Faso
Strengthening the onion value chain in Niger
The Cashew Value Chain Enhancement Project Video