Guinea-Bissau has a population of 1.6 million people, with 75% of the workforce belonging to the agriculture sector, which comprises 50% of the national GDP. In order to contribute to the economic development of Guinea Bissau and reduce food insecurity in rural populations, through its Farmers Clubs program, ADPP GB organizes and equips small family farmers with sustainable farming techniques to increase food security, With the surplus, reduce poverty by creating resilience in rural households.
The Farmers Club Project works directly with farmers to increase production, improve crop diversification and increase agricultural product quality through the development of simple and sustainable farming methods. The main focus is on building the capacity of the farmers and farming communities to increase their level of economic autonomy and improve the nutritional health of the families by introducing new and healthy crop varieties. The program organizes the rural agricultural population into clubs of 50 members each with cooperative characteristics that allow them to collectively negotiate better prices for agricultural seeds, horticulture and transport of agricultural inputs and also to market their products more effectively and profitably. Training is given in common fields of cultivation and, in parallel, each farmer or family applies the techniques learned in their individual fields. The Farmers’ Club Project is working in 3 main areas of operational activity; a) Farming, b) Processing and Commercialization and c) Community or Social Activities. Project Leaders have worked hand in hand with the farmers in their daily challenges and is giving the necessary guidance. Now, being in the 5th year of the project, the clubs implement most activities themselves and the main task of the Project Leadership is now to secure the sustainability of the project. ADPP has implemented the Farmers Clubs model in Guinea-Bissau since 2008. With the support of several partners, farming populations in Oio and Quinara region have been reached with actions to increase production, productivity and sustainability. In the year 2016 began a new project of Farmers’ Club focused on the production and commercialization of Cashew for which will be created 2 Cooperatives selling cashew; 2 processing centers (1 cashew nuts and 1 cashew fruits) and trained and trained 2,720 farmers and 40 young students of the Vocational School of Bissorã, in techniques to improve production and productivity, processing of the chestnut and peduncle, as well as In the handling of the machines, maintenance of the same and of the electrical generating equipment and photovoltaic panels.
Farmers Club Energy
The Farmers Club Renewable Energy project in Oio is an example of how to use modern technology to improve rural farmer’s life and keep people from the rural areas producing and living in their communities avoiding migration to the urban areas. The project’s key energy activities are 37 solar powered water systems (pumps and tank) for irrigation and seven small centres with Jatropha processing equipment and small processing equipment (maize mills and rice husker, among others) that will run on Jatropha oil fuel generators. It works in 24 villages with 2.600 farmers where has established 51 solar lighting systems for social institutions (schools, mosques and clinics) that had included the construction of 24 small village buildings equipped with solar light that had allowed people to attend literacy lessons, pre-school classes, charge mobile phones and watch TV and films to increase their knowledge and for entertainment. In the 24 villages in Bissora sector, there are 52 farmers’ clubs that the project is working with and each of the clubs is organized in groups of 50 members and further subdivided into core groups of 10 farmers each, where the step-up farmers are leading the core groups. Accordingly, in each club there are 5 core groups and 5 step-up farmers. In total the project is reaching out 14.274 farmers in 24 villages.