The Nutrition Centered Accelerate Project is helping small-scale farmers increase and diversify the production of high-value crops and short cycle livestock species such as poultry, small ruminants and swine. Farmers will be oriented towards producing for the market demand and working collectively through hubs to ensure access to quality, affordable inputs and fair market prices for what they produce. This project aims to reach 20,000 households, organized into 800 self-help groups.
Small-holder farming families in the Kaffrine and Kolda regions of Senegal suffer from food insecurity and under-nutrition. This is primarily caused by low livestock and agricultural production and productivity as well as limited access to markets in Senegal.
NuCAP aims to increase production through involving 20,000 smallholder farmers in swine, local poultry and small ruminant value chain enterprises integrated with crop and vegetable production to increase their family income and nutrition. Heifer will facilitate the creation of local agro-business around the selected value chains creating an enabling environment for producers by increasing access to capital and services, and engaging the private sector.
The main outcomes: strengthen social capital via group formation & technical & values-based training; increase livestock & crop production and productivity for household consumption & income; increase income from livestock production by forming values-based farmer cooperatives and facilitating linkages between cooperatives & financial organizations; increase food security and nutrition by increasing knowledge on nutrition, sanitation & hygiene, & increasing access to diverse, nutritious foods.