ADPP-GB aims to empower small-scale farmers by increasing their knowledge and capacity to be resilient to Climate Change.
The development of the agricultural sector is one of the most important for the future of Guinea-Bissau. It will enable people in the countryside to produce enough food for consumption for their families, as well as to sell crops locally, nationally and to export. With this process, they will be able to have better sources of income and contribute to the strengthening of the national economy.
The programme works on the basis of sustainability to promote soil conservation, healthy food products, strengthen local economy, local resources and local marketing, and to emphasise the strong participation of women to promote their involvement in economic life.
The programme is evolving to promote awareness about Global Warming and Climate Change as the main threats to sustainable agriculture and food security.
Guinea-Bissau has a population of 1.9 million people. The Farmers’ Clubs projects started in Guinea-Bissau in 2008 based on a programme developed and practised by other member associations in Humana People to People and a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The economy of Guinea Bissau depends on farming. Approximately 82% of the population is working as farmers, and 80% of the economy comes from cashew export.
More and better food for everyone
Farmers’ Clubs method is based in organised club life, where farmers build their production capacities through model fields, low-cost sustainable equipment, exchange of collective experiences and cooperation.
Furthermore it has the aim of strengthening processing and marketing, permitting the production increase to lead to further capacity development and strengthened economy for people in the rural areas, as well as for the national economy.
During the latest years entrepreneurship training has been added to projects, and Vocational School in Bissorã gives an important contribution to the programme through the training of youths to carry out technical assistance in project activities.
During 2021 the Sustainable Agriculture programme included the following projects:
- The Nha Horta i Nha Sabura project (Ianda Guiné! Hortas Oio e Cacheu) financed by European Union in Guinea-Bissau, for 2.050 farmers in Oio and Cacheu regions, involving Vocational School in Bissorã with training of youths from the communities;
- The Rice Value Chain Development Project (PDCV), financed by African Development Bank, involving Vocational School in Bissorã with training of women and youths;
- Support for Value Chains and Agricultural and Rural Entrepreneurship Project (PACVEAR) financed by African Development Bank, involving Vocational School in Bissorã with training of future entrepreneurs;In 2021 the Sustainable Agriculture programme reached 10.120 people in Guinea Bissau;
Sustainable Agriculture programme was carried out thanks to support, monetary or non-monetary, from European Union in Guinea-Bissau, ADPP-GB counterpart fund, African Development Bank, Humana People to People partners and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Guinea-Bissau