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Rep. Congo

Supporting agricultural development to improve food security

To strengthen food security in the Republic of the Congo, one of ACTED’s priorities in the country, the NGO implements a series of activities aimed at promoting and supporting the agricultural sector. ACTED provides direct technical support to small producers by enhancing the local bean production, and implements a project aimed at supporting the marketing of agricultural products by developing a supply chain and supporting all of its phases, from production to marketing, thus contributing to improving food security in the country.

In the Republic of the Congo, food security is a major challenge, as agricultural production remains low, despite very fertile lands. This is due to poor food storage techniques, restricted access to markets because of landlocked production areas, and limited knowledge of local producers regarding markets organisation and production activity management. The lack of efficient supply chains affects the whole population: farmers do not manage to sell their production stock, or sell it at ridiculously low prices, while urban populations do not have access to diverse food.

Providing trainings for farmers

To respond to the challenges faced by local producers in developing income generating activities, ACTED organises a series of trainings that enabled agricultural producers and processors to be trained in simplified management techniques, in preparing a business plan, and marketing. This will enable them to autonomously improve their activities through increased efficiency, and to increase their turnover through a better understanding and ownership of sales techniques. To complement these management modules, ACTED provided agricultural training, introducing improved agricultural practices that will enable producers to streamline their production.

Management committees to support agricultural marketing

After training local producers to efficiently manage their activities, ACTED continues to support them by creating transport management committees. These committees enabled producers groups to collectively develop a collection system to transport their products to markets in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire. ACTED works to set up these committees and provided grants for the first wave of product transportation until the system became self-sufficient. Producers became autonomous and can now sell their products at competitive prices, while urban populations can access diverse agricultural products.

 

Partners in 2016

 

EuropeAid, Fondation Altadis, Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM), Programme des Nations Unies pour l'environnement (PNUE), Terra Global Capital

 

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