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2017 AN N UAL R E PORT


EDITORIAL Weaving a network of committed actors for agriculture, food and Africa Over the course of 2017, we have combined our fieldwork in Africa with an all-round awareness-raising effort in France. But let us start with the projects: 10 projects supported in 2017 including 4 new ones selected in June; among them, one in Benin, new country of intervention for SEED Foundation. Now, as far as the awareness-raising and the development of the network of actors are concerned, I want to highlight several initiatives: - 7 Civic Service volunteers were recruited in 2017, 5 of which went to partner organizations of SEED Foundation. - The Ivry Collective was created by 5 members to open the dialogue with all audiences through open discussions in schools but also screenings. This outreach event prompted SEED Foundation to recruit volunteers, more than 20 of whom responded to our call. - A work session on the theme of digital and prospecting was conducted with last year students of the ESCE business school in Paris. - Several associate members and donor companies (Pierson Export, Coblence & Associates, Technisem) held a discussion with a journalist from chefdentreprise.com and a doctoral scholar on skills sponsorship and its impact on the company. And I will add all these contacts woven with African embassies in Paris and with companies participating in the Tour de France of sponsors organized by Admical: here are germs that should bear fruit in 2018!

Alain Barbier President

I cannot conclude without paying tribute to Ets H PIERSON and Co., a new SEED Foundation associate member, represented by Mr Camphuis already involved with the Fund as a director. My gratitude also goes to the 8 companies who confirm their support and have donated more than 10,000 â‚Ź in 2017. . .

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Key figures of the year THE NETWORK

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new company joins the SEED Foundation Patrons Network

volunteers in Civic service involved with SEED Foundation or its partners in France or Africa

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+30

volunteers invested throughout the year, especially to raise awareness

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fundraising and sensitization events, including 2 new ones: the Alimenterre festival and the SolidaritĂŠs festival

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visits to Africa in Burkina Faso, Congo Brazzaville and Senegal

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new projects selected by the project selection committee

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PROMOTING ENDANGERED VEGETABLES Partner: Compétences Solidaires Local partner: Action Bénin Solidarité

CONTEXT

In Benin, family farming is threatened by declining biodiversity due to various factors: the standardization of agricultural practices, the selection of a small number of highly productive varieties and competition from export products. Traditional plants are gradually abandoned and disappear because of the lack of knowledge about their preparation and the lack of valorization.

OBJECTIveS

The project aims at promoting crops of traditional kitchen plant varieties and increase their economic value, doing so across several regions in Benin, and taking into account these plants’ resilience and their ability to adapt to different environments. Specifically, the project plans to create a national registry of endangered vegetable plants

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and catalog seeds of these plants which will be produced in experimental gardens managed by 200 trained farmers. Finally, new seeds and cuttings will be sold, distributed and presented to consumers.

IMPACTS

At the end of the project, the following results are expected: - 0.5 to 3kg of vegetables produced per m² depending on the crop, - 3 vegetable gardens and 3 pilot shops, - 50 restaurant owners involved, who will use the varieties listed in their menus - 200 consumers made aware of the benefits of traditional plants.


USING BUSH PLANTS AS NATURAL FERTILIZERS AND PESTICIDES Partner: ESSOR Local partner: AGRIDEV

CONTEXT

In the area surrounding the capital of the Republic of Congo, the majority of the economy is focused on the Brazzaville food supply. Peri-urban agriculture puts lands and its natural resources (water, soil, plants) under strong pressure which affects the environment, public health and food security.

OBJECTIveS

This area, however, has local bush plants with many agricultural interests: plants with fertilizing, insect repellent or insecticidal properties that could replace imported chemical fertilizers. To promote this untapped resource, the project aims at: - giving priority to agroecological techniques by using these abundant local plant,

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- strengthening the skills of producers through theoretical and practical agricultural training allowing participants to develop a farmer-experimenter attitude.

IMPACTS

At the end of the project, 50% of producers will reduce their use of chemical pesticides and will favor the use of natural biopesticides created with local bush plants. Actions for buying inputs and selling grouped vegetables will be initiated and 10 firms will provide farmers with services based on agroecology and the valorization of local natural resources.

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" The local team is very serious and dynamic and the technique developed very interesting and ingenious. Although the project started less than a year ago, it is already very well advanced and structured. The next steps are well designed and programmed taking into account all the variables. " Jeremy concludes following his visit of the project in october 2017.

EVALUATIVE VISIT OF THE PROJECT “INTEGRATION OF DUCKS IN RICE FIELDS IN SENEGAL Irène Sérot-Almeras, director of EFISCENS, spent 4 days on a probono visit of the project jointly conducted by Afrique en Vie and AGADA in Casamance. Her visit was an opportunity to appreciate the work orchestrated by Malick, the local coordinator, as well as the technical support provided by Mary-Lois, a volunteer in Civic Service on a one-year mission. "The main interest of the project lies in the use of ducks in paddy fields to improve rice production. These benefits are absolutely obvious when considering the greater quantity and quality of rice production. Those who succeed in this double activity are seeing their income and their protein intake increase. Traditional and ancestral beliefs are still well-established and tend to slow down the appropriation of the techniques. The potential for replicability of this technique is real eventhough it may take time. »

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SELLING A BRAND OF LOCAL RICE ON A SHORT CIRCUIT Partner: Élevages sans Frontières Local partners: ESF Togo, GRAPHE

CONTEXT

In Togo, rice production barely covers 40% of the national consumption. In the Bolou and Agbelouve districts, the traditional extensive production, the dependence on chemical inputs, the poor water control and the production techniques remain major obstacles to the development of rice production.

OBJECTIVES

The practice of "intensive rice farming system" will be introduced. It aims to improve yields by more than 60%, improve the value of agricultural land and limit overexploitation of land. The combination of agriculture and livestock will replace chemical inputs with organic matter and generate new income through the sale of animals. The technique of parboiling will be popularized; it allows to transform the rice while maintaining its nutritional qualities and it brings added value to the market. The rice is then to be marketed under a brand with strict specifications.

IMPACTS

The project aims to achieve a yield of 4t / ha over at least 50ha exploited. 562 households will use organic matter for rice production. 100 tons of rice will be parboiled over 3 years and at least 50% of the consumers of the brand will be satisfied with the quality of the rice

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" My name is Komi, I am the secretary of the GRACE cooperative, I am married, father of five and I am a rice producer. Before, I used to buy chemical fertilizer for my field. Last year, with the leaders of the local associations, we learned how to make compost and we ran a school field. The results were convincing: the use of compost allowed us to have a more abundant harvest on the test plot. So I decided to apply this practice to my own field. Since then, the rice plants are very pretty, and a pleasant scent emerges from the field. The flowering impresses me a lot, the greenery is attractive and I am convinced that the harvest will cover the rice consumption needs of the family whereas the surplus will be sold. "


STRUCTURING THE PRODUCTION AND PROCESSING OF LOCAL CEREALS Partner: ADESAF Local partner: Comité Sul Baoré

CONTEXT

The Boulkiemdé province in Burkina Faso is characterized by a harsh and dry climate that strongly influences the agropastoral production of the municipality, and consequently the nutritional quality of the diet of its population which regularly faces cereal deficits. Moreover, the processing of local products is a highly profitable activity that would be suitable for women.

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OBJECTIVES

The project proposes to strengthen the cereals and agroecology sector through a training and support program. A multi-product processing unit will be set up by a cooperative that is to be created. A distribution network will be structured and studies carried out to determine the best products to be processed. The population will be made aware of the benefits of "local consumption" through the sale of products and communication campaigns.

IMPACTS

At the end of the project, 25% of farmers will resort to agroecological practices on their plot and will increase their income by 25%, 80 women in Kokologho will be part of a cooperative and will see their income increase by 30%. Finally, 10% of the population will say they have changed their eating habits and will consume local foods.

REVIEW OF THE bee-keeping PROJECT in NORTHERN CONGO The project led by Apiflordev and its partners in the North of Congo Brazzaville is now completed. Despite an indigenous population with its complex customs and habits, tangible results can be noted: - About fifty villagers spread over three sites were trained in beekeeping and were fully equipped. At the end of each training session, the teaching materials were handed over to each apprentice. - All the equipment needed for the proper implementation of the beekeeping activity was built locally with the technical support of the local partner. Thus, 96 Kenyan hives were built as well as 2 honey presses and 8 smokers. The marketing objective is to be programmed in a second phase, once the training has been validated and the production cycle is more structured.

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KEY on-going project

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MALI LIVE AND WORK IN DOGON COUNTRY Partner: Fédération Ensemble Local partner: Ensemble Mali IMPROVE MARKET ACCESS AND SUPPORT PRODUCTION Partner: CIDR Local partner: ICD

Senegal IINTENSIFYING RICE PRODUCTION IN CASAMANCE Partner: GRDR - cellule de Ziguinchor Local partner: CRCR PROFESSIONAL REHABILITATION OF YOUNG ADULTS THROUGH ORGANIC FARMING Partner: GRAIN Drôme Ardèche Local partner: Village Pilote SUPPORT PRODUCTION AND COMMERCIALIZATION IN THE PALM OIL SECTOR Partner: Grdr Local partner: Groupement d'intérêt économique Kadiamor PROMOTE LOCAL CEREALS Aim: Develop the production of local cereals in 150 family farms and train 36 bakers and transformers in using them in their recipes. Partner: SOL Local partner: Fédération des ONG du Sénégal INTEGRATING DUCKS IN RICE FIELD IN CASAMANCE Aim: Train 100 farmers on agroecology techniques in order to revive rice fields and soils and to increase their revenues. Partner: Afrique en Vie Local partner: AGADA PRODUCING AND CONSUMING LOCAL AND ORGANIC IN URBAN AREAS Aim: Enable 360 women to experiment on agricultural techniques and sell biological products. Parnter: Sukhali Local partner: CEEDD

GuineA Bissau SOLAR SALT PRODUCTION Parnter: Univers-Sel Local partner: APROSAL

Ivory coast PROFESSIONAL & ENTREPRENEURIAL AGRICULTURAL TRAINING Partner: IECD Local partner: PEFACI

TOGO SUPPORT TO FAMILY LIVESTOCK FARMING Partner: Elevages sans frontières Local partner: ESF Togo, GARDEGI COMMERCIALISER EN CIRCUIT COURT UNE MARQUE DE RIZ LOCAL Aim: Combine livestock and rice to improve rice production, develop processing by parboiling and market by creating a brand. Partner: Élevages sans frontières Local partner: ESF Togo, GRAPHE

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mozambique DEVELOPMENT OF AN ECOLOGICAL AGRICULTURE


projects Niger SUPPORT TO WOMEN’S GROUPS TO HELP FEED CITIES Partner: Afrique Verte Local partner: AcSSA Afrique Verte Niger

Burkina faso REVIVAL OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION AFTER FLOODS Partner: SOS Sahel France Local partner: SOS Sahel Burkina Faso DEVELOP THE LOCAL POULTRY SECTOR Partner: CIDR Local partner: APME2A INNOVATIVE SERVICES TO DEVELOP CROPS Partner: SOS Sahel France Local partner: SOS Sahel Burkina Faso, FIIMBA STRUCTURER LA PRODUCTION ET LA TRANSFORMATION DE CÉRÉALES LOCALES Aim: To develop the grain production of 500 farmers, create a processing unit managed by 80 women and raise public awareness of local consumption. Partner: ADESAF Local partner: Comité Sul Baoré

Benin (RE)VALORISER DES PLANTES POTAGÈRES DISPARUES Aim: List traditional endangered vegetable plants and train 200 farmers in their culture. Partner: Compétences Solidaires Local partner: Action Bénin Solidarité

Kenya INTRODUCING SACK FARMING AND APICULTURE Aim: Support local displaced populations by implementing sustainable activities of beekeeping and sack farming. Partner: Interactions & Solidarity Local partner: Strategies for Northern Development

RePUBLIQUE of CONGO ASSIST THE LOCAL COMMUNITY IN DEVELOPING A SUSTAINABLE BEEKEEPING ACTIVITY Partner: Apiflordev Local partner: CIB, APVPS UTILISER LES PLANTES DE BROUSSE COMME FERTILISANTS ET PESTICIDES NATURELS Aim: Support 350 farmers in the experimentation and use of local plants as natural fertilizers and pesticides. Partner: ESSOR Local partner: AGRIDEV

mADAGASCAR Partner: ESSOR Local partner: Direction de l’agriculture, Conseil municipal

DEVELOPMENT OF RICE/FISH FARMING Partner: APDRA Local partner: INRA, Coopérative FIFIMPAVA

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Involving shareholders RAISING AWARENESS IN 2017 IN A FEW KEY FIGURES

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screeningsdebates

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sessions in schools or daycares *

+130 children reached

+250 adults reached

* find more details on our website

RAISING AWARENESS AT THE GOODPLANET FOUNDATION WORKSHOP FOR IN BAG GARDENING

Throughout the weekend, all visitors of the Foundation could participate in the workshop to grow their own salad in an in-bag garden. It was a playful way to discover this technique and to understand the benefits it offers to the project supported in Kenya.

CLIMATE CHANGE VS FARMERS

The screening of The People the Rain Forgot, documentary on the drought that occurred in Kenya in 2011, launched the

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debate on the impact of climate change on farmer practices.

"ABOO AFRHIPOP" CONCERT

Visitors had the opportunity to discover Aboo, singer and composer, who writes his music with lyrics in French and Bambara (his native tongue). His compositions aim to gather around common values such as sharing and diversity.


AN EVENING IN THE GARDEN THE EVENT

On June 19th, 2017, SEED Foundation organized An Evening in the Garden at the Barbara Center in Paris. The program included a screening of a film on the drought in Kenya, a live video with the actors of the in-bag gardening project in Kenya, designers, live music with Cromatic Elektrik and African dancing with the group UMOJAA!

RESULTS

By the end of the evening, 2000€ were collected! Thanks to donators, artists, corporate partners and volunteers, SEED Foundation will be able to contribute to the funding of the in-bag gardening project to help provide Kenyan families with a healthy diet.

THE CAUSE

The purpose of this evening was to contribute to the financing of the project located in northern Kenya, in a remote area heavily affected by the drought. The village's population lacks sources of income with 90% of their livestock not surviving severe droughts. The amount collected will finance the creation of in-bag gardens so that they can feed themselves and sell the surplus.

SOLIDARITY CREATORS FAIR Talent at the service of solidarity

On November 26th, 12 designers answered the call from SEED Foundation and exhibited and sold their crafts for this first edition of the Salon des créateurs et créatrices solidaires at Ivry-sur-Seine. 20% of the exhibitors' profits were donated to SEED Foundation.

Original creations

MICRODON CAMPAIGN The small streams make big rivers

The MicroDON operation took place over 3 days and offered the customers of Franprix Carnot de Levallois to make a small donation of 1 to 3 € as they checked-out their groceries to support a beautiful project.

A large selection of products were offered: scarves, fabrics, jewelry, clothes... It was an opportunity to discover talented designers. By the end of the day, 166 € had been collected from 50 participants. These funds were then donated to the duck integration project in the rice fields in Senegal.

DUCKS FOR SENEGAL

Some 110 generous customers helped SEED Foundation in raising nearly 400 € for the project led by Afrique en Vie and introducing ducks into the rice fields in Senegal.

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Financial highlights Costs

2017 costs in euros

Allocation of collected donations

Social Mission

42 853

6 609

Payments to partner organizations

42 853

6 609

Fundraising

2 424

826

Call for public donations charges

1 605

826

Other private fundraising charges

819

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8 717

826

COSTS

38% 44% 8% 8% 2%

Social Mission Social Mission to be acheived Running costs Surplus Fundraising

Running costs Social Mission to be achieved

48 500

Surplus

8 661

TOTAL

111 155

use of public donations

80%

were allocated to Social Missions

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10%

were allocated to fundraising

10%

were allocated to running costs

8 261


Resources PARTNER FIRMS

TAX INFORMATION

Since its creation, SEED Foundation has been accompanied by numerous partner companies that are committed and support its actions. We would like to thank the following companies:

SEED Foundation is an Endowment Fund authorized to receive donations and legacies. Donations made to SEED Foundation entitle individuals as well as companies to a tax deduction.

ARES BOLLORÉ LOGISTICS OVERSEAS RUDYARD & JONES CONSEILS

+ 98%

SAE SECIB TECHNISEM WAVESTONE

Individuals Donations are deductible from taxes up to 66% of their amount within the annual limit of 20% of taxable income.

Companies 60% of the amount of donations are deductible within the limit of 0.5% of turnover HT.

increase in resources collected from the public and benefactors in 2017

2017 revenues in euros

Monitoring of collected funds

Collected donations

8 261

8 261

Other private funds

55 577

Other revenues

7 925

Recovery of dedicated funds

39 392

REVENUES

Deficit

0

TOTAL

111 155

EVALUATION OF IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS

50% 36% 7% 7%

Other private funds Recovery of dedicated funds Collected donations Other revenues

8 261 119 752

TRUST AND TRANSPARENCY As an Endowment Fund, SEED Foundation is subject to numerous controls that guarantee to all concerned the quality of its management and the transparency in its communication. Its accounts are audited and certified annually by an external auditor. Financial reports are available on the Fund's website.

In addition to the contribution of its Members, SEED Foundation is entirely dependent on the generosity of the companies and of the general public; it does not receive any public subsidy. Conversely, the Fund regularly informs its Members and donors via falsh-news published on www.seed-foundation.org, on its Facebook page, as well as through newsletters.

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Governance Board of directors President Alain BARBIER , General Director, Pierson Export Représentants des particuliers Membres Christian FONTAINE , Former commercial manager Alida PIERSON, Administrator

Représentants des entreprises Membres Pierre-Arnold CAMPHUIS, Director, Ets H PIERSON et Cie Catherine DAVICO-HOARAU, Senior Partner, Cabinet Coblence & Associés Angelo D'ALESSIO, Administrator, Centro Esportazioni Conservati s.r.l Amadou NIAGADO, General Director, Supermarket sarl Philippe SCHWAB, Responsable for the Export Departement Interepco Joëlle URBAND, Accountant, Pierson Export

project selection committee Représentants des Membres Chantal GIRAUD-VAN GAVER , Senior Parnter, Cabinet Coblence & Associés Joëlle URBAND, Accountant, Pierson Export Philippe SCHWAB, Responsable for the Export Departement, Interepco Personnalités qualifiées Olivier DUCOURTIEUX , Profesor in comapred agriculture, AgroParisTech Vincent RIBIER , Reasearcher and expert in agricultural politics and international economy, CIRAD Henri ROUILLÉ D'ORFEUIL, Engineer agronomist and Doctor in applied economy

Marie-Christine CORMIER , Research Geographer, PALOC Christian DELMET, Anthropologist specialized in the Sudan region, CNRS Laure EMPERAIRE , Botanist researcher, PALOC Esther KATZ , Ethnobotanist, PALOC Cécile VILNET, Co-organizer, Agence des Micro Projets

Seed foundation team Céline TEWA in charge of partners and of the project strategy

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Anabelle VERDURME in charge of general management and communication


BRIEF HISTORY A vision for solidarity SEED Foundation was created in 2009 on the initiative of PIERSON EXPORT, a French SME specialized in the distribution of food products in Africa since 1925. With the desire of acting in Africa beyond its business, it offered its SME network to pool skills and finances in order to create an endowment Fund. 8 firms from various countries of its network and 2 individuals created SEED Foundation to act in favor of food security in Africa through the development of the agricultural sector.

SEED Foundation's mission FACT: hunger is still the main issue in Africa, SOLUTION: developing the agricultural sector is the key leverage to improve self-sufficiency and to give an impulse to the economy through the creation of additional incomes, PARADOX: this fair cause is only marginally supported by other foundations, COMMITMENT: SEED Foundation has decided to make it its core mission by sponsoring NGOs working on the fieldn.

SEED Foundation aims at promoting rural and agricultural development in Africa in order to improve food security and the living conditions of the most vulnerable populations.

Design and production: Anabelle Verdurme Translation : Philippe V. PHOTOS CREDITS : Elevages sans Frontières 2018 (cover, p.6), SEED Foundation (p.2, 10, 11), CompÊtences Solidaires (p.4), ESSOR (p.5), Afrique en Vie - AGADA (p.5, 15), ADESAF (p.7), Apiflordev (p.7) I CON CREDITS : Anatoly on www.flaticon.com (p.10), Freepik (p. 10, 12) Printed thanks to the financial contribution of Pierson Export

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