Self Help Africa
06. Scaling up RuSACCO
23. MANZO Youth Empowerment Project (MAYEP)
06. Malt Barley Value-Chain Development
24. Agriculture and Market Support for Maize and Beans
07. Early Seed Generation II
24. Local Seed Business Outscaling
07. Scaling Community-Based Seed Production 08. Sustainable Transformation of Agricultural Resources (STAR) 08. Livestock Growth Programme 09. Climate-Smart Agriculture 09. Smallholder Support Scheme 10. Building Opportunities through Seed Enterprise Transformation (BOSET)
26. WEST AFRICA 27. Building Resilience to Climate Extremes and Disasters
28. Improving Incomes & Food Security through Agricultural Production 28. Realising Agricultural Productivity Gains in the Sahel
29. Empowering Women within the Cashew Value Chain 29. Improved governance & access to water and sanitation
13. Building Sustainable Livelihoods of families made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS (APHIA plus) 14. Cassava Aggregation - Supporting Smallholder Agriculture & Value Addition 15. Gorta Global Village - Keringet 15. Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development. Scholarship Scheme 2014-15 Class 16. Empowering Women within the Cashew Value Chain 16. Aflascope 17. Water and Sanitation in Keringet
30. ZAMBIA 32 Nutrition Sensitive Agri-Food Value Chains 32 Irish Aid Local Development Programme 33 Improving Smallholder Access to Quality Seed 33 Kaoma Farm Development Project 34 Strengthening Climate Resilience in the Kafue Sub-Basin 34 Value Added Vegetables 35 Enhanced Livestock Trade and Enterprise (ELITE II)
35 Pathways to Self-Reliance for Refugees in Zambia
20. DISCOVER 20. Shire Basin Sustainable Natural Resources Management Social Enhancement Project 21. MODES 21. Sustainable Livelihood Improvement Resilience Project (SLIP)
selfhelpafrica.org Cover, left to right: Habibou Tiendrebeogo (Burkina Faso) Emebet Bayissa (Ethiopia) Susan Wanjiku Kamau Sikombe (Kenya) Foster Simeo (Zambia) Nellie Mohango(Malawi) Fatuma Nambiro (Uganda)
Scaling up RuSACCO
Malt Barley ValueChain Development
Irish League of Credit Unions Foundation & SHA USA
Tinsaye, Bekelcha Sella, Fana Gudinna and Agnot RuSACCO Unions
Amhara, Oromia and SNNP Regions
Farmer Cooperatives: Galema & Raya Kajema
Koga Irrigation Water Users Service Cooperative
Hibret Fire, Halaba, Kenbata, Tegulet, Guna and Wemberma farmer cooperatives
A Glimmer of Hope
SOS Sahel, Farm Africa, Vita
Bako Bore Farmers Cooperative Union & Bako Research Centre
East Shewa Zone Agriculture Office, Cooperative Office and Finance and Economic Development Office
Early Seed Generation II
caling up agricultural production, improving nutrition
In 2015 the organisation was involved in implementing close
security, developing new enterprise and market
to a dozen development projects, all of which are being
opportunities for farmers, strengthening community-
undertaken in collaboration with local and/or international
based seed production and building climate resilience, are
partners. Four new projects are scheduled to commence
all key areas of Self Help Africa’s work in Ethiopia.
Scaling CommunityBased Seed Production
Agricultural Transformation Agency
Sustainable Transformation of Agricultural Resources (STAR)
The community foundation for Ireland, Electric Aid & Self Help Africa US
Livestock Growth Programme
Smallholder Support Scheme
African Agriculture Fund – Technical Assistance Facility
Building Opportunities through Seed Enterprise Transformation (BOSET)
Irish Aid, The Reed Foundation, Electric Aid
Tigist Tilahun, accountant at Lelimat RuSACCO, L’hitossa, Oromia, 2017.
03. Early Seed Generation II
09. Building Opportunities through Seed Enterprise Transformation
Gondar 06. Scaling Community Based Seed Production
08. Smallholder Support Scheme
Amhara GREAT RIFT VALLEY
07. Climate Smart Agriculture
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Addis Ababa 01. Scaling up RuSACCOs 06. Livestock Growth Programme
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02. Malt Barley Value-Chain Development
SOMALIA 04. Scaling Community Based KENYA Seed Production
Kokebe Abebe (41), Edget B’hibret, Oromia.
Ermias Tafese (10) and Lamrot Tafese (4) pictured with their child savings boxes inside their home in Sire, Oromia, 2017.
SCALING UP RURAL SAVINGS AND CREDIT COOPERATIVES
MALT BARLEY VALUE CHAIN DEVELOPMENT
and off-farm enterprise as a means of generating income.
or over a decade Self Help Africa has supported a network of micro-finance cooperatives to distribute small loans to over 53,000 people in Ethiopia. This
support is designed to assist with the development of on
EARLY SEED GENERATION II
SCALING COMMUNITY-BASED SEED PRODUCTION
to produce higher quality and quantities of malt barley. As
That project was one of the first of its kind in the country.
a result, farmers have secured better prices for their grain,
It demonstrated that farmers at community-level could
Produciton’. The goal of the project is to create self-
thereby improving household incomes and food security.
produce quality basic and pre-basic seed for sale and
sustaining community-based seed cooperatives that fulfil
current unmet demand. The cooperatives are producing
ince its launch in 2012 the Malt Barley Value Chain Development project has helped strengthen the capacity of 6,000 smallholder farmers in Oromia
SHA is building on the success of this work by extending
arly Seed Generation II Project follows a successful pilot that was undertaken to test farmer-led basic and pre-basic wheat seed production in Ethiopia.
uilding on its experience in seed sector development, Self Help Africa is supporting the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency’s
(ATA) project entitled ‘Scaling Community-Based Seed
credit cooperative support to three new intervention areas.
However, due to a chronic shortage of quality malt barley
The Scaling RuSACCOs project is improving access to
seed in Ethiopia, farmers have been unable to meet an
The second phase of the project is testing this innovative
rural finance for smallholder farmers in three low-productive
increasing demand for grain. The second phase of the
approach to farmer-led early generation seed production
and drought-prone zones of Amhara, Oromia and SNNP
project commenced in 2016 and is designed to tackle
on a wider scale. It extends the reach of farmer-led seed
Self Help Africa is supporting the implementation of the
regional states. This is enabling farmers to save for leaner
this issue by supporting 924 members of four farming
production to a new region – Amhara – and to a new crop
project by providing technical support to the community
times and to invest in productive assets, allowing them to
cooperatives to produce quality, certified barley seed
based seed producers, allocating project resources and
diversify their incomes and to improve their household food
for distribution and sale to 14,784 malt barley farmers in
The project is contributing towards a RuSACCO movement
Self Help Africa provides farmers with foundation seed
that promotes higher levels of financial inclusion through
as well as training in seed multiplication and production,
sustainable, community-owned financial institutions,
agronomy, seed quality and inspection. The project is also
This will not only address the high demand for certified seed
with a number of specifically designed outputs developed
supporting the construction of grain stores, and building
in Ethiopia, but will also provide farmers with better market
to achieve this goal. The project is working to improve
the marketing and financial capacity of cooperatives so that
access and a better price, thus enhancing economic growth
the operational and management standards of the target
they can negotiate the best prices for their members.
Total direct beneficiaries: 6,924
Total direct beneficiaries: 5,380
self-pollinating varieties of crops, reaching remote regions and promoting climate-smart seed production.
mobilizing additional local resources from community and The project aims to prove the viability of farmer-led seed
production as a means to address limited seed availability in Ethiopia.
RuSACCOs and unions. This is helping them to achieve self-sufficiency and to serve the long-term financial needs of rural households, thus contributing towards increased wealth and food security.
Total direct beneficiaries: 74,380 06
Total direct beneficiaries: TBC 07
Kalkidan Kiflu (11), Tiliyi Gerbi Kebele, Lume Woreda District, 2017.
Getachew Miko, Dirma Village, Oromia.
SUSTAINABLE TRANSFORMATION OF AGRICULTURAL RESOURCES
LIVESTOCK GROWTH PROGRAMME
CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE
SMALLHOLDER SUPPORT SCHEME
as extreme climatic events like drought and floods, as well
hides, skins, leather and dairy.
Developed to promote a CSA approach towards achieving
negotiate supply contracts, which use maize and soybean
food security, it is built on the three key pillars of: increasing
as its primary raw materials to produce a supercereal supplementary food.
thiopian agriculture is dominated by subsistence and rain-fed production systems using few inputs and characterised by low productivity. As a result,
farmers are extremely vulnerable to external shocks such
elf Help Africa’s Livestock Growth Programme is a five-year project designed to reduce poverty by improving the productivity and competitiveness of
selected livestock value chains, including meat/live animals,
as to diseases and volatile global markets. This project
collaboration with SOS-Sahel, Farm Africa and Vita this ‘Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) Project’ started in June 2015.
is addressing these problems as well as improving food
Backed by the US Government’s Feed the Future (FTF)
productivity and incomes, enhancing resilience of
security in one of the poorest and most food-insecure
Initiative, the project is also a component of USAID-
livelihoods, and reducing agriculture’s contribution to climate
woredas (districts) of the Oromia Region.
Ethiopia’s Agricultural Growth Programme.
his project is supporting 800 smallholder farmers to increase their production and productivity of maize and soybean. The farmers, working through Bako
Bore Farmers’ Cooperative Union, are being supported to
Along with technical assistance, SHA is delivering a comprehensive package of smart subsidies to enable
Self Help Africa is directly targeting 2,800 smallholders
As part of a consortium led by US-based CNFA, SHA is
The project covers 15 districts categorised into four
farmers to increase production and capitalise on this market
to increase their capacity to diversify livelihood activities,
responsible for implementation of the project in the Oromia
clusters, with each member of the consortium taking
opportunity, thereby increasing their incomes and food
improving their wealth, food and livelihood security. The
and SNNP Regions.
responsibility for implementation in a given district.
productivity of crops and livestock and creating better
Self Help Africa is focussing on increasing the productivity
The CSA Project is strengthening the resilience of
Through the cooperative union, farmers are gaining access
market linkages for farmers.
and competitiveness of selected livestock value chains
individuals, households and communities by improving
to improved seeds, mechanical threshers and a revolving
project is focussing on improving the production and
and on improving the quality and diversity of household
and diversifying livelihoods, developing community-based
loan fund. Business advice and support is being provided
SHA is introducing appropriate technologies to tackle
diets through the intake of livestock products. Integrated
management systems of resources (water, wetlands,
to the cooperatives to ensure the effective management of
watershed and soil erosion problems. Rural savings and
into these components are the crosscutting objectives of
farmlands, communal land and forests) and embedding
the smart subsidies, to build management capacity and to
credit cooperatives are being linked in order to strengthen
engaging people living with HIV/AIDS, improving gender
location-specific climate change adaptation and mitigation
promote the further development of the cooperatives.
the cooperatives, allowing farmers access to financial
equity, promoting ICT solutions, environmental mitigation
strategies into its approach.
The sustainability and scalability of the project is being
and natural resource management.
ensured through reinvestment of the profits obtained by the cooperatives, firstly investing in more seed and, in later seasons, more threshing machines. This investment will enable support to be extended to more of the 14,000 members of the 27 cooperatives affiliated with the union.
Total direct beneficiaries: 2,800 08
Total direct beneficiaries: 5,000
Total direct beneficiaries: 7,750
Total direct beneficiaries: 800 09
L-R: Aster Ayele, Sinkenesh Babissa and Emebet Bayissa pictured at Abdi Gudina SACCO, primary of Keleta Union, Dodota, Oromia.
BUILDING OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH SEED ENTERPRISE TRANSFORMATION
limate change is posing significant challenges to Ethiopian communities, affecting water and food security. The utilisation of drought-tolerant, early-
maturing crop varieties, along with conservation agriculture and improved agronomic practices, are crucial to improving resilience. The primary aim of this project is to improve the economic, ecological and organisational resilience of smallholder farmers through on-farm disaster risk management interventions in drought-prone areas of Boset District in Oromia Region. The adoption of conservation agriculture techniques, together with increased availability and utilisation of improved quality seed, is helping to increase crop production, enhance food security and alleviate rural poverty. Furthermore, by increasing the resilience of 3,880 smallholder farmers, they will be less vulnerable to drought and other climate risks and therefore better able to bounce back from disaster.
Total direct beneficiaries: 3,880
elf Help Africa in Kenya assists smallholder farmers
SHA works with smallholder farmers, farmer groups and
to move from subsistence to prosperity through a
associations in the arid and semi-arid lands to address food
range of projects from supporting those in extreme
security and nutrition, and link farmers to markets through a
poverty, to assisting enterprise development and business
farming as a business approach.
Building Sustainable Livelihoods of families made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS (APHIA plus)
USAID / FHI360
Cassava Aggregation Supporting Smallholder Agriculture & Value Addition
European Union, Walmart Foundation and Irish Aid
Rafiki Microfinance Bank, RHEAL Solutions, Ugunja Community Resource Centre (UCRC), USTADI Foundation and TruTrade
Siaya, Migori, Homa Bay, Busia, Kisumu, Kitui and Kilifi
Gorta Global Village Keringet
Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development. Scholarship Scheme 2014-15 Class
Molo & Nakuru County
Empowering Women within the Cashew Value Chain
Water and Sanitation in Keringet
SOUTH SUDAN ETHIOPIA
Khadija Kuroi, Machanga, Kenya, 2015.
Lake Turkana, (Lake Rudolf)
01. APHIA Plus 04. Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development Scholarship Scheme, 2014/2015 Class 03. Gorta Global Village
07. Water and Sanitation in Keringet
02. Cassava Aggregation Supporting Smallholder Agriculture & Value Addition
BUILDING SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS OF FAMILIES MADE VULNERABLE BY HIV/AIDS (APHIA PLUS)
Mt. Kenya Nakuru
05. Empowering Women within the Cashew Value Chain
he APHIA Plus project is increasing access to
Food security activities include crop production through
economic security initiatives for marginalised, poor
kitchen garden techniques and the promotion of
and disadvantaged groups, particularly families
drought tolerant crop production. Training on enterprise
affected by HIV and AIDS. Through this project groups
development and management is offered whereby the
are linked with opportunities and a range of activities to
support group members are encouraged to choose from a
strengthen their economic status.
range of enterprises based on their interest and context.
These enterprises include dairy goat rearing, local goat APHIA plus works with support groups from Nakuru and
breeding, poultry production and rabbit keeping. A key,
Narok counties. Leadership and group dynamics training,
and very successful, element of this project has been the
training in enterprise development and management are
introduction of roof water harvesting and drip irrigation
provided. These groups also receive support through
technologies which reduces labour for vulnerable people
existing extension services.
and allows for growing of vegetables even in dry season.
Total direct beneficiaries: 4,200 12
Bernard Kemei (40) , with his wife Zedy (30) and baby Faith, daugter Abagail and son Elisha, Sonokwek village, Bomet County, 2015.
Richard Ngetich (37), Njerian village, Bomet County. 2015.
CASSAVA AGGREGATION - SUPPORTING SMALLHOLDER AGRICULTURE & VALUE ADDITION
his European Union, Walmart Foundation and Irish
of best-practice cassava production and sustainable
Aid–funded project aims to enable 28,000 farmers
agricultural intensification, SHA and the Ministry for
(including 60% women) in Western, Nyanza, Eastern
Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries will, using the Lead
GORTA GLOBAL VILLAGE - KERINGET
he Keringet Community Empowerment project was developed over years using the Global Management Approach. Community representatives, including women
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE & RURAL DEVELOPMENT SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME 2014-15 CLASS
he Baraka Agricultural College project aims to improve agricultural knowledge and strengthen rural development and extension services in Kenya and
and Coastal regions of Kenya, organised in four farmer-
Farmer and Farmer Field School approaches, train Lead
and youth groups specifically chosen to participate, underwent
owned cooperatives, to increase cassava production and
Farmers as trainers to disseminate trainings to 28,000
training in identifying needs for their community. The community
incomes through meeting current and emerging demand for
smallholders (at least 60% women), organised into producer
identified their strengths (such as dairy and potato production)
The project supports the training and education of students
high-quality cassava products. Farmers will produce tubers
groups. The trainings for farmers will focus on production,
as well as opportunities (local construction activity) and needs
in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development through
for home consumption and commercial supply in chipped
field management, pest and disease control, harvesting and
(local clean water supplies).
the Baraka Agricultural College certificate course. Following
and/or fresh form.
post-harvest handling, processing and storage. Farmers
across the border in neighbouring Uganda.
graduation the knowledge and skills gained will be shared
will be trained on farming as a business; including farm
In partnership with Keringet Community Social, Economic,
with the communities. Graduates return to work within their
This project will facilitate the availability of quality-declared
planning, market planning, enterprise profitability, cashflow
Environmental Development Trust (KCSEED) this project
community and contribute to the transfer of sustainable
cassava planting material, working with the Kenya
analysis, quality standards, group production, aggregation
is designed to improve the food security, ncomes and
agricultural knowledge and techniques. The project thus
Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO)
and value-addition. The project will also create 5,600 net
environment of the Keringet community while promoting
improves the livelihoods of graduates and improves farming
to promote farmer production of quality cassava stems.
equivalent jobs amongst the Farmer Business Groups
the health of 3,371 households in the area. The overall aim
practices and production more widely.
Seed producers will be registered with the Kenya Plant
supported. Cross-cutting issues of gender and nutrition will
of this programme is a healthy community which is socially,
Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS), who will monitor
be incorporated into training.
economically and culturally developed, living in harmony with
production and certify stems as high-quality and disease-
their environment. The community will work together to promote
free as appropriate. SHA will train seed producers on
SHA will support the formation and registration of 4 farmer
food, economic, environmental and health security, as well as
stem production, soil fertility, field management, pest and
cooperatives to take up cassava marketing and business
establishing the necessary institutions (e.g. the Trust, monitoring
disease control, harvesting and post-harvesting handling,
development. Cooperatives enable farmers to bulk their
committees) to deliver the programme.
processing and storage.
produce, reduce input costs and provide marketing and training channels. SHA will link cooperatives to financial
Self Help Africa provides specific support to implement
In an effort to facilitate cassava production and capacity
institutions who can provide working capital and support
aspects of the local development plan, including the provision
development for farmers to address limited knowledge
of safe drinking water, improving market access by improving infrastructure, launching a range of enterprise development initiatives surrounding dairy and potato production, and adopting solar energy practices for local households.
Total direct beneficiaries: 28,000 smallholder farming households
Total direct beneficiaries: 3,371
Total direct beneficiaries: 676
Rose Mutai (49) ,Semoi Village, Bomet County, 2015.
Susan Wanjiku Kamau (45), Kwa-Gitau, Nakuru County, 2015.
EMPOWERING WOMEN WITHIN THE CASHEW VALUE CHAIN
his Walmart Foundation-funded project is being jointly implemented by Self Help Africa and the African Cashew Alliance in two countries – Ghana
flaScope is a cross-disciplinary collaboration with Crop Innovations, Bora Biotech, Secure Harvest, AgSenze and Pepsi, to examine the feasibility of
WATER AND SANITATION IN KERINGET
ccess to water and latrines is a huge issue for households in the Kiptulwa area of Kerringet. Children are unable to access clean water or
and Kenya. Through the use two low-cost community-
using an acoustic separation platform for purification of
latrines in school facilities. Households are unable to
based extension approaches, ‘lead farmers’, where farmers
aflatoxins from crops.
access clean, safe, potable water for both household domestic needs and access to water for agriculture.
are linked to district agricultural departments for on-going support, and ‘farmer field schools’, an approach that
Testing & monitoring are vital but, due to complex sample
empowers communities with skills to undertake improved
prep, high cost, inaccessibility & lack of information,
This area is characterised by an abundance of livestock,
agricultural practices, this project will work with a total of
aflatoxin testing is not thoroughly implement. This project
and while a relatively high rainfall in the area, households
35,000 households. Within Kenya, Self Help Africa will work
is developing a novel, rapid & chemical-free procedure for
are unable to source water for cattle close to households.
with 10,000 smallholder cashew farmers (50% women)
extracting & concentrating aflatoxins. When integrated with
This Rotary Ireland-funded project will facilitate the
through our partner, USTADI Foundation, in Kilifi county.
down-stream diagnostic advances, the extraction platform
provision of clean water and access to school latrines for
could enable a low-cost, sensitive, portable test system for
communities both for domestic and agricultural use over a
The project aims to train cashew farmers on increasing
on-site aflatoxin monitoring, increasing ease & frequency of
one year period.
production of quality cashew nuts and has a strategic focus
testing, & potentially improve decontamination.
on empowering women and men within the cashew nut value chain. Cashew producers will diversify incomes by utilising by-products of cashew farming and intercropping with legumes. Training of farmer associations in value chain management and ‘farming as a business’ will enable them to engage in informed relationships with buyers and negotiate prices. The project will also address the low and unstructured organisation of cashew farmers. Organising farmers will enable them to institutionalise knowledge and best practices and create a platform for sharing and multiplying learning and experiences.
Total direct beneficiaries: 10,000
Total direct beneficiaries: 3,371
sustainable livelihoods, is in line with the government’s
projects in Malawi. The programme goal, to support
current Growth and Development Strategy II.
The Department for International Development (DFID), Irish Aid, Norwegian Embassy
Concern Universal, Goal, Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI)
Shire Basin Sustainable Natural Resources Management Social Enhancement Project
Millennium Challenge Account - Malawi
Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation & Water Development, Department of Forestry, Department of Parks & Wildlife, Balaka district council.
Catholic Relief Services, Human Network International, Mzuzu CADECOM
Blantyre Synod Health & Devt Commission & Nkhadze Alive Youth Organisation
Nkaya & Balaka
smallholder farming communities to achieve
MALAWI MALAWI malawi
Molly Nyasulu, Wazikaza village, Karonga, Malawi, 2017.
elf Help Africa is engaged in directly implementing
Sustainable Livelihood Improvement Resilience Project (SLIP)
Big Lottery Fund
Lake Malawi, (Lake Nyasa)
MALAWI 03. MODES
02. Shire Basin Sustainable Natural Resources Management Social Enhancement Project
Minus Nierenda (69) and grand-children, Zinganjara village, 2017.
Veronica Brown (43) and her daughter Linda Kampira (18), Kuma village, 2017.
Tamara Kaonga, (41), Mambero village, 2017.
eveloping Innovative Solutions with Communities to Overcome Vulnerability (DISCOVER) is a consortium project seeking to support up to
SHIRE BASIN SUSTAINABLE NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT SOCIAL ENHANCEMENT PROJECT
he Shire River is Malawi’s most important water resource, supporting key economic sectors including food production, transport, tourism, agriculture and
he Modernisation of Demand-driven Extension Services (MODES) project is a partnership being led by Catholic Relief Services (CRS), between that
900,000 rural people to adapt to and mitigate the effects of
fisheries. It plays a vital role in generating 98% of Malawi’s
organisation and Self Help Africa, Mzuzu CADECOM and
climate change. The project contributes towards reducing
electricity through hydropower.
Human Networks International, in collaboration with Airtel
poverty and vulnerability to climate variability through the development and promotion of sustainable livelihoods
Severe erosion is resulting in sedimentation of the Shire River
Basin, reducing the effectiveness of Malawi’s hydropower
DISCOVER focuses on building resilience and improving the
SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS IMPROVEMENT PROJECT (SLIP)
his Big Lottery Fund backed project aims to significantly reduce poverty levels and sustainably improve the livelihoods of 2,000 poor smallholder
households in Balaka District, southern Malawi.
Malawi, Zodiac Broadcasting and the Ministry of Agriculture
With 50% female beneficiaries, SLIP is promoting improved
livelihood security through increased and diversified crop and livestock production; improved ecological resilience
facilities. The same erosion negatively affects farmers by
MODES is providing access to on-demand information
through improved natural resource management; increased
reducing soil fertility, yields, income and food security.
to strengthen the seed sector and promote the
incomes and increased and diversified livelihoods options
commercialisation, distribution and adoption of seeds and
through community-based rural enterprises; and improved access to markets and financial services.
lives of vulnerable people by enhancing the capacity of local government to prepare and respond to climate variability.
The objective of this project is to improve power generation
related key technologies in order to increase smallholder
SHA is working with local government to achieve this
by reducing erosion and sedimentation. In order to achieve
yields and adaptation to climate change.
through developing, updating and reviewing district disaster
this, the project is focusing on improving local management
risk management plans and hazard vulnerability maps;
of natural resources; improving community participation
The project is implementing a national suite of Information
training communities on disaster response; and establishing
in environmental and natural resource decision-making;
Communication Technology (ICT)-enabled extension
community early-warning systems for flood and drought-
improving sustainable management and utilisation of
services. These services will provide an estimated 800,000
forests and woodlots; promoting conservation agriculture,
smallholder farmers with access to critical production
integrated soil fertility management and agro-forestry
advice when they need it to facilitate behaviour change and
In order to assist communities and individuals to adapt to
practices, and engaging communities to promote joint
encourage the adoption of new approaches.
climate change the project promotes crop diversification and
decision-making of men and women on the sustainable
livestock production, together with sustainable and adaptive
management of natural resources at community and
By partnering with both public and private sector stakeholders
and linking to ongoing value chain projects with closely aligned
In addition, SHA is working with communities to manage
The project is also empowering farmers through a focus
with smallholder farmers in Malawi, and improving the access
their natural resources and reduce the environmental
on business skills development, village savings and loan
and dissemination of information to farmers.
impacts associated with natural disasters and climate
groups, marketing, natural resource-based businesses and
ensuring the nutritional needs of the farmers are met.
objectives, MODES is opening new lines of communication
Total direct beneficiaries: 13,000 (SHA) Total direct beneficiaries: 3,500
Total beneficiaries: 800,000 (anticipated scale)
Total direct beneficiaries: 2,000 21
02 Emmanuel Ngororano and Community Knowledge Worker Peace Ndongyereye, Kisoro.
elf Help Africa works with and through local
We aim to be a catalyst, developing collaborative
community-based organisations, government
approaches to meet specific local needs through effective,
agencies, international NGOs, private sector
integrated and sustainable solutions.
MANZO Youth European Union Empowerment Project (MAYEP)
Agriculture and Market World Food Support for Maize and Programme Beans
Local Seed Business ISSD, Irish Aid Outscaling
Maracha, Nebbi and Zombo, West Nile
Agency for Accelerated Regional Development (AFARD)
Adjumani, Kiriyandongo, Masindi
Production Departments of Kween, Kapchorwa & Mbale district, BUGIZARDI NAROSerere, UNSPPA, Excel Hort Consult
Eastern region (Kween, Kapchorwa, Mbale) and South Western region (Kisoro, Kabale)
partners and emerging social enterprises in Uganda. In this way initiatives can continue without our support and These diverse partners all have huge potential in addressing
have the potential to grow. Our programmes clearly link
the country’s hunger and poverty. We believe that the
with the national agricultural strategies produced under the
most effective role that we can play is in facilitating
Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF)
partnerships that will bring them together to serve the needs
Development Strategy and Investment Plan.
of underdeveloped rural communities.
MANZO YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROJECT (MAYEP)
AYEP is a €1 million EU-funded project that has been designed with local partners AFARD, to
support youth empowerment and economic
development in the West Nile region.
The project is targeting 3,000 individuals under 27 in Maracha,
02. Agriculture and Market Support for Maize and Beans
and empowerment at its core, MAYEP is promoting wider opportunities for young people to gain access to employment and to engage in dialogue with duty- bearers at community,
01. MANZO Youth Empowerment Project (MAYEP)
district and regional level.
employment and driving successful self-employment and enterprise development. A gender-transformative approach is being employed throughout the project ensuring that 50% of those involved are female and that female youth are supported and encouraged to apply for leadership positions in the groups established. To succeed, MAYEP is building local partnerships with processors, traders and buyers. Linking youth to ongoing business networks and training/mentoring opportunities and strengthening institutional and political support for youth development.
Ronald Kahima, Kikyenkye, Ibanda.
readiness skills of those involved as a means for initiating
Total direct beneficiaries: 3,000
Nebbi and Zombo Districts. Placing youth participation
MAYEP is building the capacity, knowledge and work-
03. Local Seed Business Outscaling
Agnes Katushabe (53) with husband Odomaro Byanihaugha (65)
Justine Tumwesigye, Binyungu.
AGRICULTURE AND MARKET SUPPORT FOR MAIZE AND BEANS
LOCAL SEED BUSINESS OUTSCALING
districts to increase production and to access markets for
project aims to establish 30 new LSBs, directly benefitting
the sale of maize and beans.
900 new farmers, and increase the uptake of quality seed
â€‰â€‰hrough the Agriculture and Market Support for Maize and Beans Project funded by the World Food Programme, Self Help Africa is supporting
3,000 farmers across Adjumani, Kiriyandongo and Masindi
n Uganda, the uptake and utilisation of quality seed by smallholder farmers is very low with over 85% depending on, often, poor quality seed saved from
previous seasons. This local seed business out-scaling
by smallholder farmers through increased awareness The project will support the formation and development
of the economic benefits of using quality declared seed
of 12 farmer organisations (made up of 40 groups) which
and strategic linkages with others in the seed sector. 15
will allow members to bulk and collectively market 800
LSBs are in Eastern Uganda and 15 in the South Western
metric tonnes of maize and 200 metric tonnes of beans
in 2017. The groups and farmer organisations will also be linked to microfinance institutions for banking services
In partnership with HNI and key stakeholders, Self Help
and agricultural loans, and to quality agricultural service
Africa has developed a mobile-phone based extension
providers for inputs and post-harvest equipment.
service reaching out to rural populations in Uganda. This service will be a key method of disseminating information
The project will provide training and mentoring support
on quality seed, its advantages, how it is produced, key
to build the capacity of the farmers on climate-smart
regulations and where it is available. Farmers have free
agriculture practices, post-harvest handling, farming as a
access to the SMS platform and will be given a credit of
business, marketing and group management. They will also
10 free calls per month. In addition, Self Help Africa will
be supported to conduct market research and establish
organise regional seed events and contribute to farmer
private sector linkages to obtain competitive prices for their
field days which will give farmers the opportunity to meet
stakeholders and see demonstrated technologies in the field, with a view to increasing awareness and access to quality seeds for poor smallholder farmers in the region.
Total direct beneficiaries: 3,000 24
Total direct beneficiaries: 900 25
02 02 Twins Oumarou and Aboubacar Ouedraogo (12) Loumbila, Oubritenga, Burkina Faso, 2016.
he West Africa programme operates in three countries:
The focus of the programme is increasingly on value addition
Burkina Faso, Ghana and Togo with the Regional office
and creating linkages with private sector opportunities for
based in Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso and country
offices in Tamale, Ghana, and Dapaong, Togo. ghana zambia
BRACED Programme – DFID
Improving Incomes & Food Security through Agricultural Production
Jersey Overseas Aid Commission
Realising Agricultural Productivity Gains in the Sahel
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Empowering Women within the Cashew Value Chain
Improved governance & access to water and sanitation
WEST AFRICA burkinafaso
01 01. Building Resilience to Climate Extremes 02. Improving Incomes & Food Security through Agricultural Production
Welthungerhilfe, PER, Wend Yam & CABI
Kourwéogo, Oubritenga, Plateau Central, Sanmatenga & Bam Provinces, Centre Nord regions. (Burkina Faso)
Kourittenga Province & Centre-East Region (Burkina Faso)
Comité Interprofession de Céréales
Centre-Nord Region, Burkina Faso)
Bole, Wenchi, Kintampo & Brong-Ahafo (Ghana)
Savannah Region (Northern Togo)
BUILDING RESILIENCE TO CLIMATE EXTREMES AND DISASTERS, BURKINA FASO
05. Improved Governance & Access to Water and Sanitation
through sustainable access to drought-tolerant seeds, improved soil fertility and a specific focus on enterprise development. The project is also working closely with the government to
smallholder farmers to cope with the impact of climate
strengthen agricultural extension services and early-warning
variability by diversifying agricultural production and
increasing household income. Working with Welthungerhilfe, local government and local
used for embedding climate adaptation approaches in local,
partners in Burkina Faso the project is building the economic,
regional and national plans and generating best practice
ecological and organisational resilience of 620,000 women,
guidelines on climate adaptation in the Sahel region.
children and men. The project is promoting the diversification of agricultural
Members of a rice producer group, Yargo Centre Village, Kourittenga, Centre East, Burkina Faso.
Total direct beneficiaries: 620,000
04. Empowering Women within the Cashew Value Chain
his project seeks to strengthen the ability of
production of smallholder farmers and improving incomes
Evidence from the resilience-building approaches is being
03.Realising Agricultural Productivity Gains in the Sahel
Building Resilience to Climate Extremes and Disasters
WEST AFRICA PROGRAMMES
Martine Zongo in her rice field, Yargo Centre, Kourittenga, Burkina Faso.
IMPROVING INCOMES & FOOD SECURITY THROUGH AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, BURKINA FASO
REALISING AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY GAINS IN THE SAHEL, BURKINA FASO
EMPOWERING WOMEN WITHIN THE CASHEW VALUE CHAIN, GHANA
IMPROVED GOVERNANCE AND ACCESS TO WATER AND SANITATION, TOGO
Through the use of two low-cost community-based
The project aims at drilling new and rehabilitating boreholes
The Centre Nord Region is an area characterised by a short
extension approaches, ‘lead farmers’ and ‘farmer field
in order to give access to safe drinking water to 5,750
growing season, high rainfall variability, under-diversified
schools’, communities are receiving skills to undertake
people. 1,908 latrines of which 150 are ECOSAN will be
agriculture and is highly vulnerable to food insecurity.
improved agricultural practices.
built over the three year providing sanitation facilities to
management of wetlands for rice production. Improving
In Burkina Faso, sorghum and millet, on which the project
The project is training cashew farmers on increasing production
transform faecal waste into a safe, natural fertiliser, so any
access to irrigation enables farmers to produce vegetable
focuses, make up the staple food of around 70% of the
of quality cashew nuts and empowering producers within the
additional benefit of this project will be an increase in crop
crops during the dry season, and help diversify diets and
population. Through this pilot, Self Help Africa proposes
cashew nut value chain. Cashew growers are being assisted
yields through access to natural fertiliser.
improve nutrition. Drip irrigation reduces labour demands,
to test whether strengthening the capacity of the Comité
to diversify incomes by utilising by-products of cashew farming
and farmers can spend more time on other income-
Interprofession de Céréales – Burkina Faso (CIC-B) and
and inter-cropping with legumes.
stimulating local demand will transform the sorghum and
ocated in the Centre East Region of Burkina Faso, this Jersey Overseas Aid Commission supported project is improving household income and food
security for 1,240 farmers by increasing production and
elf Help Africa is collaborating with Context Global Development (CDG) on a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (B&MGF) funded pilot project in the
Centre Nord Region of Burkina Faso.
returns from rice and vegetables. Farmers are being trained in rice and vegetable production, seed multiplication, in establishing irrigated market
his Walmart Foundation funded project is being jointly implemented with the African Cashew Alliance in two countries – Ghana and Kenya.
his three-year project funded by the EU is going to be implemented in the Savannah Region of Northern Togo.
19,080 people. The ECOSAN latrines are designed to
garden plots for vegetable production, and in improved
The project is also supporting the establishment of strong
WEST AFRICA PROGRAMMES
WEST AFRICA PROGRAMMES
Habibou Tiendrebeogo, Nomgana Village, Loumbila, Burkina Faso.
In order for our intervention to be sustainable artisans will be trained in latrines construction and borehole maintenance
millet value chains in the country, improving productivity,
Training of farmer associations in value chain management
and water points management structures will be set up and
income and nutrition of smallholder farmers in dryland areas.
and ‘farming as a business’ is enabling them to engage in
strengthen to collect fees from users in order to fund any
informed relationships with buyers and negotiate prices.
producer and processor cooperatives that will enable farmers to increase returns through processing and improved market
CIC-B is an umbrella organisation representing producers,
access. Additionally, training is being provided to lead
traders, processors, input suppliers and transporters. SHA
The project is also addressing the low and unstructured
Hygiene training will be provided in the communities
farmers and work is being carried out in close cooperation
will test whether it is a suitable and sustainable mechanism
organisation of cashew farmers. Organising farmers will enable
targeted by the intervention.
with government extension staff to ensure that skills and
to address a range of constraints in the sorghum and
them to institutionalise knowledge and best practices and
knowledge are embedded at community level.
millet value chain. The learning generated from testing this
create a platform for sharing and multiplying learning and
approach will be widely applicable as CIC-B structures are
already established in a number of West African countries and cover a range of crops.
Total direct beneficiaries: 1,240 28
Total direct beneficiaries: 1,250
Total direct beneficiaries: 25,000 (Ghana)
Total direct beneficiaries: 36,641 29
Irish Aid Local Development Programme
Provincial Planning Unit; Mbala Council; Luwingu Council; Households in Distress
Mbala and Luwingu districts, Northern Province
Nutrition Sensitive AgriFood Value Chains
McGill University; World Fish; Bioversity International
Luwingu district, Northern Province
Six seed grower associations
Kaoma Cheshire Community Care Centre
Kaoma district, Western Province
OPAD, SASS, SRDA
Southern, Central and Lusaka Provinces
Chipata, Eastern Province
Community Orientated Development Programme
Chipata, Eastern Province
Kalumbila and Kaoma districts
The country programme works primarily through commodity
two key areas: Rural Enterprise Development and
producer groups, seed producer groups, research stations,
Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Livelihoods.
local NGOs, civil society organisations and local government to reach smallholder farmers.
Improving Smallholder Access to Quality Seed
SHA also provides support and capacity building to local
production of improved varieties of seed, rural enterprise
government departments in planning, monitoring, evaluation
development and income generation, and environmental
Kaoma Farm Development Project
Strengthening Climate Resilience in the Kafue Sub-Basin
AfDB via Ministry of National Planning & Development
Value Added Vegetables
Renewable Energy Forum
Projects address a selection of integrated issues: sustainable agriculture, food and nutrition security, research into and
elf Help Africa’s programme focus in Zambia is on
Foster Simeo, Malela Village, Northern Province, 2015.
01. Irish Aid Local Development Programme
DR CONGO togo
08. Pathway to Self-Reliance for Refugees in Zambia
Lac Moeru (Lake Mweru)
03. Improving Smallholder Access to Quality Seed
Enhanced Livelihood Livestock, Trade, Enterprise II (Elite II)
Pathways to selfreliance for Refugees in Zambia
hi 02. Nutrition Sensitive Agri-Food Value Chains
MALAWI Chipata Mongu
04. Kaoma Farm Development Project
06. Value-Added Vegetables
Lusaka 07. Elite II
ZIMBABWE 05. Strengthening Climate Resilience in the Kafue Sub-Basin
Ignatius Mulenga,, Malela Village, Nothern Province, 2016.
Showthem Sikombe and his wife Elizabeth, Nsunda, Northern Province, 2015.
Juliet Mwela, Malela Village, Northern Province, 2016.
IRISH AID LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
NUTRITION SENSITIVE AGRI-FOOD VALUE CHAINS IN MALAWI AND ZAMBIA
IMPROVING SMALLHOLDER ACCESS TO QUALITY SEED
KAOMA FARM DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
infrastructure. This low level of productivity has a significant
of farmland which if well utilised has potential to make the
The programme aims to increase market-oriented sustainable
the availability, accessibility and consumption of diverse, safe
impact on people’s lives, and farmers often struggle to feed
KCCC largely self-sufficient in food production and less reliant
agriculture production and productivity; improve the nutrition
nutritious foods for improved household nutrition and health.
their families throughout the year.
on external funding.
capacity of district authorities to achieve improved planning
Through assessing and the opportunities to add value to
Use of early generation seed, including indigenous landraces,
SHA is providing technical assistance to management
and service delivery for local communities. IALDP is enabling
and improve the nutrient content of selected commodities
and conservation agriculture can improve crop yields. Using
on best practice in crop and livestock production,
farmers to increase production and marketing of poultry,
throughout the value chain, SHA, partners and project
participatory, farm-based research, SHA is working with
seed multiplication and marketing of the farm produce.
goats, fish and a variety of crops. Crops with higher nutrient
participants will be able to develop contextually appropriate
Seed Grower Associations and their smallholder farmer
Conservation agriculture techniques are also being
value, such as beans, groundnuts and vegetables are
methods of processing these foods in ways that maintain or
membership to test how various types of indigenous legumes
introduced so that crops are more resilient to the increasingly
enhance their nutrition content.
perform under conservation agriculture practices in the
irregular weather patterns in the area.
IALDP has also mobilised over 2,000 community volunteers
The project will collaborate with a variety of Zambian actors,
testing the impact of growing legumes with cereal crops such
The farm has huge potential to be a supplier of value-added
who educate and support mothers and care givers on
including the University of Zambia, agro-dealers, government
as maize, on improving soil fertility and reducing weeds.
products such as sunflower oil, peanut butter and early-
a range of issues, including good infant and young child
extension staff, cooperatives and smallholder farmers
feeding practices, HIV and AIDS, malaria prevention and
as building local capacity and harnessing existing local
Seed Grower Associations are key players in the Zambian
good practices in nutrition, water and sanitation. and is also
knowledge are key to the success of the project.
seed multiplication system, and SHA is working with six
rish Aid Local Development Programme (IALDP) is a fiveyear programme targeting 17,000 households across two districts of Northern Zambia.
elf Help Africa is the Zambian-based implementing partner in a research consortium led by McGill University with sub-grantees World Fish Centre and
Bioversity International. The project’s objective is to promote
espite Zambia’s favourable climate and vast areas of productive land, productivity is held back by a lack of access to quality seed, transport and other
aoma Cheshire Community Care Centre (KCCC) cares for orphans who have lost one or both parents because of AIDS. The centre owns a large piece
and health status of vulnerable households; and build the
different geographical regions of Zambia. Farmers are also
generation seed to surrounding farming households, local
establishing Accumulated Savings and Credit Associations.
SGAs to develop their organisational functioning, business
The programme is building the capacity of Mbala and
operations and positioning within groundnut, bean and other
Luwingu District Authorities to plan and implement effective
legume seed value chains.
markets and beyond.
service delivery to the population and to identify and SHA’s seed research has contributed to national level thinking
implement community-initiated projects.
and decision-making on landraces in Zambia. Over the next five years,this research will allow to further share learning and influence seed sector policy to benefit smallholder farmers.
Total direct beneficiaries: 17,000 32
Total direct beneficiaries: 2,400
Total direct beneficiaries: 1,980
Total direct beneficiaries: 90 33
ENHANCED LIVESTOCK TRADE AND ENTERPRISE II
PATHWAYS TO SELF-RELIANCE FOR REFUGEES IN ZAMBIA
to current climate variability and long-term consequences of
real challenge. Farmers typically dry the vegetables using
entered its second phase in 2017. Self Help Africa, together
Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi,
climate change. As a Climate Risk and Adaption Facilitator
traditional methods: soaking vegetables in salt solutions to
with Heifer International, has been working with three
Somalia. Some are now being offered a Local Integration
(CRAF), SHA is assisting these communities who are in
maintain their colour and then drying them in the sun.
District Livestock Associations (DLAs) and goat farmers to
Programme by the Government of Zambia in collaboration
improve productivity and strengthen their position within the
with United Nations High Commission for Refugees. Self
trengthening Climate Resilience in the Kafue SubBasin (SCRiKA) is a one year pilot project whose objective is to help rural farming communities adapt
n many parts of Zambia there is an abundant supply of fruit and leafy vegetables in the rainy season, however, preserving this supply in the months post-harvest is a
highly vulnerable areas to identify and address the impacts
mallholder farmers in Zambia’s Eastern Province are in a better position to profit from small livestock production thanks to the ELITE II project, which
Ignatius Simeo, Northern Province
Emma Kayela, Nsunda Village, Northern Province.
STRENGTHENING CLIMATE RESILIENCE IN THE KAFUE SUD BASIN
he settlements in Meheba, North-Western Province and Mayukwayukwa, Western Province, are home to approximately 37,000 refugees from Angola,
of climate change in their local development plans and
This process is unsatisfactory for many reasons – capacity
goat value chain, through improving sector coordination,
Help Africa is leading a pilot project with UNCHR to design,
access funding for community adaptation projects.
is very limited, particularly at peak harvest time, and drying
formalization of processes, and developing market
implement a graduation programme to instil a spirit of
fruit and vegetables in the sun over days exposes these
information systems. In 2016, all three DLAs progressed
self-reliance for refugees and other vulnerable local families
Working with local government and our partners,
foods to contamination by dirt, insects and other pests.
to formal registration as cooperatives, counting 2,883
in the host community. SHA staff are working closely with
Organisation for Promotion of Active Development (OPAD),
Vegetables dried in direct sunlight also have a reduced
the UNHCR livelihoods team and relevant government
Sibanyati Agriculture Support Services (SASS) and
micro-nutrient content compared to those dried using solar
Sustainable Rural Development Agency (SRDA), SHA is
dryers. These driers have the potential to greatly increase
This second phase of the ELITE II project further develops
supporting communities to contribute to district climate
production volumes available for home consumption and
this work in Chipata, Katete and Chadiza districts by
The graduation approach supports households over
change adaption plans, so that their concerns and needs
sale, and to ensure consumers are gaining the maximum
building the capacity of the DLAs to coordinate, provide
18 months through assigning a plot of land, training on
nutritional benefit from the products.
training opportunities, links to potential buyers and a
agriculture, setting up savings and credit groups, counselling
collective voice for their membership. Similar structures
for behaviour change, a productive asset grant and
Communities are also receiving advice and financial support
Almost 50 producer groups near Chipata, Eastern
will be built in Katete and Chadiza districts in collaboration
developing producer groups linked to markets.
to design, implement and manage community projects
Province, have been producing 1.2 tonnes of dried
with local authorities. At community level, ELITE II provides
that will enable them to adapt to the changing climate
vegetables each per year using traditional methods.
organisational and technical training to new and existing
The project will work with 300 vulnerable households from
conditions, for example drilling boreholes, developing skills
Through our partner Community Oriented Development
Livestock Producer Groups (over 100 in total) and
the refugee and host communities to increase self-reliance.
in climate smart agriculture methods, and diversifiying from
Project (CODEP), we have identified the top 10 groups
opportunities for learning exchanges between groups.
This will reduce dependency on UNHCR hand-outs and
crop production into small livestock farming. The project
(20 farmers per group, the majority of whom are women),
Linking goat farmers to financial services such as village
enable these vulnerable households to meet their food and
will also create better access to early warning weather
to assist them to kick-start solar drying businesses. Each
saving and loan schemes and micro-finance institutions is
nutrition requirements as well as basic social and economic
information and improve public awareness of climate
group has the use of a drier, using a usage-fee model,
another key component of the project, to enable access to
needs such as school fees, medical fees and food
thus enabling the members to vastly improve the quality
working capital and investment in inputs.
requirements throughout the year.
Total direct beneficiaries: 3,000
Total direct beneficiaries: 300 households (1,500 people)
and quantity of vegetables produced.
Total direct beneficiaries: 26,174 34
Total direct beneficiaries: 200
Rose Adhiambo Asire, Migori County, Kenya, 2015.
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An overview of current programmes being implemented by Self Help Africa in sub-Saharan Africa.