06. Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA)
28. Agriculture and Market Support for
06. Building Opportunities through Seed Enterprise Transformation (BOSET) 07. Scaling Community-Based Seed Production 08. Stronger Together: Creating Linkages Between Primary Seed Cooperatives and Seed Cooperative Unions 09. Scaling Up Rural Savings and Credit Cooperatives (RuSACCOs) 10. Dairy for Development
North West Uganda 28. Local Seed Business Outscaling 29. Striking a Balance: Developing a Green Economy Around Lake Bunyonyi Basin 30. Strengthening Livelihoods Nutrition and Climate Resilience of Smallholder farmers 30. Pilot Programme to Support Agriculture Development in the Albertine Region
11. Feed the Future - Maize Value Chain Development 11. Capacity Building of Farmer Training Centre
32. WEST AFRICA 34. Improved Governance and Access to Water
12. ERITREA 13. Seed Enterprise for Equitable Distribution (SEED)
and Sanitation 34. Building Resilience to Climate Extremes and Disasters 35. Women and Youth’s Agricultural Entrepreneurship
14. KENYA 16. Agri-FI Kenya Challenge Fund (Agri-FI) 17. Cassava Aggregation - Supporting Smallholder Agriculture and Value Addition (CASSAVA) 18. Keringet Community Empowerment Project 18. Youth Empowerment in Kisumu 19. Baringo Resilience Initiative: Nurturing Greater Opportunity (BARINGO)
36. ZAMBIA 38. Irish Aid Local Development Programme 38. Community-Based Seed Enterprises 39. Nutrition Sensitive AgriFood Value Chains 39. Pathways to Self Reliance for Refugees in Zambia 40. Home Grown School Meals (HGSM) 41. Protecting and Restoring the Environment and Supporting the Emergence of a Resilient and Vibrant
20. MALAWI 22. Better Extension Training Transforming Economic
Economy in Kafue (PRESERVE) 41. Sustaining Enterprise Growth in Financial Association Project (SEGiFA)
Return (BETTER) 24. Developing Remote Sensing Technology to Monitor Fall Armyworm 25. Emergency Response to Cyclone Idai in Malawi
Cover, left to right: Ethel Khundi (Malawi) Tirngo Girma (Ethiopia) Mary Ndlovu (Zambia) Sana Mamata (West Africa) Angella Atim (Uganda) Rose Mutai (Kenya)
Bezina Abinet roasting coffee beans with her son in her shop in Dodata, Oromia, Ethiopia.
Building Opportunities through Seed Enterprise Transformation (BOSET)
Church of Ireland Bishop’s Appeal Guernsey Overseas Aid Commission Irish Aid
Scaling CommunityBased Seed Production
Agricultural Transformation Agency
caling up agricultural production, improving nutrition
Last year, the organisation was involved in implementing
security, developing new enterprise and market
close to a dozen development projects, all of which
opportunities for farmers, strengthening community-
are being undertaken in collaboration with local and/or
based seed production and building climate resilience, are
Electric Aid Irish Aid
SOS Sahel, Farm Africa, Vita
East Shewa Zone Agriculture Office, Cooperative Office and Finance and Economic Development Office
Hibret Fire, Halaba, Kenbata, Tegulet, Guna and Wemberma farmer cooperatives
SNNPR region and Amhara region
Edget Beadinet and Guna Seed Unions
South Gondar and West Gojam zones in Amhara region
Tinsaye, Bekelcha Sella, Fana Gudinna and Agnot RuSACCO Unions
North Shewa Zone of Amhara region, North Shewa Zone of Oromia region and Guraghe Zone of SNNPR
Nesri Terign, Nano Mendida, and Adere Gordoma milk producers’ cooperatives
Abichu Gna’a woreda, Oromia region
Bako Bore Farmers Cooperative Union, Ambo Farmers Cooperative Union
Ambo Zuria, Bako Tibe and Toke Kutaye Woredas, West Shewa zone of the Oromia region
Oromia, Tigray, Amhara and SNNP regions
all key areas of Self Help Africa’s work in Ethiopia.
Scaling Up Rural Savings and Credit Cooperatives
Irish League of Credit Unions Foundation, Irish Aid, The Reed Foundation Impact Trade Union
Dairy for Development
Jersey Overseas Aid Commission
Scaling up RuSACCOs Building Opportunities through Seed Enterprise Transformation
E R I T R E A
Feed the Future Maize Value Chain Development
Capacity Building of Farmer Training Centres
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
Feed the Future
Dairy for Development Stronger Together
S O M A L I L A N D
Climate-Smart Agriculture Capacity Building of Farmer Training Centers
E T H I O P I A Extensive Agriculture and Savanna
Bezina Abinet pouring coffee in her shop in Dodata, Oromia, Ethiopia.
Forest, Rainforest, Swamp Barren Desert
S O M A L I A K E N Y A
Objective: To build the resilience and improve the food and nutrition security of 15,500 target households.
thiopia is predicted to be one of the countries most
Tadesse Lema pictured outside Burqaa RuSACCO, Lume, Oromia, Ethiopia.
BUILDING OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH SEED ENTERPRISE TRANSFORMATION
SCALING COMMUNITY-BASED SEED PRODUCTION
limate change is posing significant challenges
Objective: To improve crop production and productivity for smallholder farmers through community-based seed production.
to Ethiopian communities, affecting water and
eed is a key input for improving crop production and
Objective: To improve the resilience of smallholder farmers through disaster risk management practices.
This focused on building the capacity of six recently established seed unions across the Amhara and SNNPR regional states through the construction of large capacity seed stores and provision of seed cleaning machines and other essential infrastructure and equipment.
years of extreme drought, leading to widespread food
early-maturing crop varieties, along with conservation
insecurity in many parts of the country.
agriculture and improved agronomic practices, are crucial
potential of their crops and thus represents one of the most
seed producers, and mobilising additional local resources
to improving resilience.
economical and efficient inputs for agricultural development.
from community and local government.
is to build the resilience and improve the food and nutrition
The aim of the Building Opportunities through Seed
Based on its previous experience in developing community-
security of 15,500 target households through the adoption
Enterprise Transformation (BOSET) project is to improve
based seed production in Ethiopia, in 2016, the Agricultural
of climate-smart agriculture practices.
the economic, ecological and organisational resilience
Transformation Agency commissioned Self Help Africa to
of smallholder farmers through on-farm disaster risk
implement a project to address the shortage of improved
management interventions in drought-prone areas of Boset
seed in different regions of the country.
affected by climate change in the coming years. Since 2016, Ethiopia has experienced three consecutive
The objective of this Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) project
A collaboration with SOS Sahel, Farm Africa and VITA, this CSA project started in June 2015. The project builds the resilience of individuals, households and communities to climate extremes by: improving and diversifying livelihoods; developing community-based management systems of resources such as water, farmlands, communal land and
food security. The utilisation of drought-tolerant,
farmers in the production of high-value crops and small
project by providing technical support to community based
• 8,787 households
training members on cooperative management.
with increased availability and utilisation of improved quality
providers. The aim is to effectively engage resource-poor
smallholder farmers can significantly increase the yield
seed enterprises; establishing a revolving fund for seed; and
adaptation and mitigation into its development initiative.
based organisations and business development service
Self Help Africa is reinforcing the implementation of the
training courses on conservation agriculture; building local
The adoption of conservation agriculture techniques, together
and building the institutional capacity of community-
productivity. Improving the quality of seeds used by
district in the Oromia region. This is being delivered through
forests; and embedding location-specific climate change
The project also focuses on strengthening market access
Shewangiza Andarge, Dejene Melka and Gerachew Miko, Dirma Village, Abichu Gna’a District, Oromia, Ethiopia.
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.
livestock, and also in the uptake of new production and processing technologies.
• 6,000 households
• 15,500 households
Tadesse Lema and Mamitu Alemu with children Kalkidan and Haile Tadesse, at their home in Lume, Oromia, Ethiopia.
Alem Abebe and her husband Tafese Getachew pictured outside their home in Sire, Oromia, Ethiopia.
Objective: To establish strong linkages between primary cooperatives and local cooperative unions.
Munira Hairedin, Kolololeka Village, Ethiopia.
ustainable increases in agricultural productivity
The objective of the Stronger Together project is to establish
are largely dependent on access to quality seed.
strong linkages between primary cooperatives that are
Improved seeds yield crops that are high-yielding
producing wheat, maize, barley and potato seed and their
SCALING UP RURAL SAVINGS AND CREDIT COOPERATIVES
Objective: To contribute to increased incomes, improved food security and reduced vulnerability in rural areas.
thiopia has one of the lowest levels of financial
RuSACCOs with a combined total membership of 64,678
inclusion in the world, with only 22% of adults
individuals, which is expected to grow by 15% each year as
holding an account with a financial institution
a result of the project’s interventions. The project’s overall
and may be drought-tolerant or resistant to pests and
respective local cooperative unions. This is providing the
and just 14% able to access credit. This is because the
objective of promoting higher levels of increasing financial
disease, thereby increasing crop production. The availability
unions with a larger and more regular supply of maize, wheat,
financial sector is dominated by commercial banking, and
inclusion through sustainable, community-owned financial
of quality seed in sufficient amounts, however, is currently a
barley and potato seed and the cooperatives with access to
the coverage of these financial services is still extremely
institutions will be achieved through: enhanced governance
challenge for smallholder farmers throughout Ethiopia.
a wider market and increased bargaining power with buyers.
limited and concentrated in urban areas. Most rural and
and management capacity of RuSACCOs and unions;
remote areas of the country remain excluded or unbanked.
growth in membership of RuSACCOs and introduction of
Self Help Africa (SHA) has taken a lead role in promoting
SHA is providing cooperatives with threshing equipment
Savings and Credit Cooperatives have better outreach
new products and services; and dissemination of lessons,
community-based seed production through the
to improve the quality of seed and reduce the workload of
in rural parts of the country than commercial banks, with
approaches and good practices.
development of farmer-owned and managed seed producer
farmers, and is also constructing storage units to retain the
greater potential to serve the low-income and active poor
cooperatives and unions in Ethiopia to fill specific gaps in
quality of seed. These investments are being complemented
unbanked sections of the population.
seed supply. Agricultural cooperatives play an active role in
by training for union leaders on marketing, business skills
providing access to finance, input and output marketing,
SHA has conducted tailored organisational capacity assessments and developed capacity-building plans for
For over a decade, Self Help Africa has supported
each of the unions. Training has been delivered on business
a network of Rural Savings and Credit Cooperatives
planning, savings mobilisation, bookkeeping, leadership
These cooperatives therefore have inherent advantages in
By increasing the supply of improved, quality seed, this
(RuSACCOs) to provide financial services to over 53,000
and management. Each union is also receiving ongoing
tackling the problems of poverty alleviation, food security
project is enabling other farmers in the area to access
people in Ethiopia. This has helped RuSACCOs members
mentoring support from a project officer with expertise
and job creation.
higher quality seed and increase their yields.
to develop on and off-farm enterprise, thereby increasing
in micro-finance. Based on learnings from the first two
income and food security for poor rural households.
phases of the programme, a new component on adult
agro-processing, and other social and economic activities.
• 4,630 households
literacy skills has been incorporated into the programme to Building on the success of the first two phases of the
enable formerly illiterate (mostly female) members to take
RuSACCOs programme, in March 2016 SHA launched
up leadership positions on the boards and committees of
Scaling up RuSACCOs; a project which expanded its
existing work with RuSACCOs in Ethiopia to new areas in Amhara, Oromia and SNNPR regions. The project targets four RuSACCOs unions and 704 affiliated primary
• 93,783 households 09
Objective: To enable smallholder farmers to become better integrated into the maize value chain.
elf Help Africa is working with Bore Bako and Ambo Farmers’ Cooperative Unions (FCU) and their member cooperatives to enable smallholder
farmers to become better integrated into the maize value chain in Ambo Zuria, Bako Tibe and Toke Kutaye districts
CAPACITY BUILDING OF FARMER TRAINING CENTRES
Objective: To enhance the transfer, adoption and dissemination of Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) technology and practices to target farming communities.
thiopia’s agricultural extension system is heavily dependent on Farmer Training Centres (FTCs) and trained Development Agents (DAs) to provide
extension support to farmers.
of the Oromia region. Despite the huge responsibility, their level of functionality Tirngo Girma, a member of Urjji Berissa RuSACCO, Sire, Oromia, Ethiopia.
DAIRY FOR DEVELOPMENT
Objective: To increase food security and disposable income of smallholder households from dairy production in Ethiopia.
n the Oromia region of south-western Ethiopia, 75%
AI to improve the genetics of their herd.
of the population live in poverty. Chronic and acute malnutrition are highly prevalent and 38.4% of children
The organisational and operational capacity of three dairy
under five are stunted. Despite being the biggest milk-
cooperatives is being increased through the provision
producing region in Ethiopia, average yields in Oromia
of equipment and training in milk hygiene testing and
remains far below potential. Insufficient inputs, use of poor
processing, facilitation of links with local processors
animal feeding and husbandry practices, and poor access
and buyers and training in marketing, business plan
to markets are hampering the potential of the dairy value
development, financial management and cooperative
chain. Addressing these challenges will revitalise the dairy
management. Value chain actors are also receiving
sector’s potential to improve the livelihoods of smallholder
gender training to address the barriers that women face in
communities in the area.
participating in the value chain.
The Dairy for Development programme focuses on boosting
The project also aims to improve nutrition at the household
rural livelihoods and nutrition by enhancing production
and community level. 600 producers are being trained in
techniques, strengthening value chains and improving the
milk utilisation and basic nutrition education, with a focus
genetics of dairy cows.
on infant and young child feeding practices. To promote the nutritional benefits of milk and a diverse diet, 50 care group
The project is designed to build the skills and knowledge
leaders are being trained in the basics of nutrition including
of farmers and local government on commercial dairy
the importance of dietary diversity, the consumption of
production, improve the genetics of local dairy herds, and
dairy products for nutritional benefits, with a specific focus
facilitate access to market for dairy products.
on infant and young child feeding practices. Practical
Building on its Smallholder Support Scheme project
varies greatly and most of the 12,500 FTCs that have
(2015-2018), the purpose of the Feed the Future project is
been established over the last decade are not capable
to increase maize marketing and dietary diversity among
of providing the expected services to farmers at their full
members of the two unions and their member cooperatives.
potential. The Capacity Building of Farmer Training Centres
This will be achieved through training on post-harvest
project is aimed at building the capacity of DAs and FTCs
management practices, establishing a contract-based
to enable them to disseminate information and training
forward marketing system between farmers, targeted
on improving soil fertility, one of the major constraints to
primary cooperatives and respective FCUs, training on
FEED THE FUTURE - MAIZE VALUE CHAIN DEVELOPMENT
marketing, facilitating business coaching for primary cooperatives, providing technical support on the set-up
The project will also train Lead Farmers, further enhancing
and management of revolving funds for threshers and the
the support available to smallholders by developing a
establishment of commercial threshing services, organising
community-based extension system that complements the
business to business meetings among maize value chain
activities of DAs and FTCs.
actors, providing business management and cooperative leadership training for the targeted FCUs and respective cooperative members, and creating linkages with local
• 968 direct, 6,600 indirect.
financial institutions. These activities will help smallholders to increase the volume, quality, and thereby value of maize aggregated and sold. They will also enhance smallholders’ capacity to engage in profitable maize marketing, and will build the governance, business and leadership capacity of the unions and member cooperatives/farmers, helping to establish their position within the target communities as centres for aggregation, marketing and other services.
• 13,000 households
demonstrations are also being delivered to train participants In order to improve the productivity of dairy cows,
on cooking of local foods using different local recipes.
600 producers are being trained on improved breeding management practices, as well as herd health management.
Revitalising the dairy sector in Ethiopia has the potential
The government’s district nursery is also being supported to
to have a significant impact on both the income, food and
produce improved fodder to increase access for producers.
nutrition security of smallholder communities.
The government’s Artificial Insemination (AI) service is being strengthened through the training of AI technicians and the
provision of equipment. 600 producers can now access
• 600 households
Grain store, Mendefera, Eritrea.
Khadija Kuroi, Machanga, Kenya.
Objective: To improve access to good quality seed in the Debub Region. elf Help Africa is working on a pilot project in Eritrea
The project is being carried out in partnership with Irish NGO
that is focused primarily on improving household
Vita, the Eritrean Ministry for Agriculture, and with technical
access to good quality cereal seed.
support from the Irish farm advisory service Teagasc.
This three-year seed enterprise project is seeking to improve
SEED is seeking to improve the ability of households to
access to good quality seed for 5,000 rural farming families
adapt to changing climate, and is promoting better natural
in the Debub region of southern Eritrea. The purpose is to
resource management and soil fertility management.
strengthen the informal seed sector, empower farmers, and
Backing is also being provided to farmer groups,
develop viable seed businesses in the region.
associations and cooperatives in the establishment and development of viable seed based enterprises in the region.
The Seed Enterprise for Equitable Distribution (SEED) Donor
project is looking to support rural households to improve
SEED ENTERPRISE FOR EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION (SEED)
crop production and add value to crops, as well as improve
Seed Enterprise for Equitable Distribution (SEED)
2017 Â 2019
Vita, Eritrean Ministry of Agriculture, Teagasc
local access to quality seed.
Seed Enterprises for Equitable Distribution
Extensive Agriculture and Savanna
E R I T R E A Asmara
Forest, Rainforest, Swamp Barren Desert
Nursery plantation worker, Gogne, Eritrea.
Agri-FI Kenya Challenge Fund
Cassava Aggregation Supporting Smallholder Agriculture and Value Addition
Water for Kiptulwa School and Community, Keringet
The Rotary Foundation
Youth Empowerment in Kisumu
Imani Development Ltd (IDL)
Nationwide, with a focus on arid and semi-arid lands
UCRC (Ugunja Community Resource Centre), Ustadi Foundation, RhEAL Solutions, Rafiki Microfinance Bank, and TruTrade
Coastal and Western Regions
Farming Systems Kenya and the Sustainable Agricultural Information Initiative
Tiaty, Baringo North and Mogotio sub-counties in Baringo County
Alice Omutse cassava farmer in Teso South, Busia, Kenya.
elf Help Africa in Kenya works with smallholder
SHA works with smallholder farmers, farmer groups and
farmers to move them from subsistence to
associations across the country, including in the arid and
commercialisation through a range of projects - from
semi-arid areas to address food security and nutrition
supporting those in extreme poverty, to assisting enterprise
challenges, and link farmers to markets through a farming
development and business partnerships.
as a business approach.
Khadija Kuroi, Machanga, Kenya.
Baringo Resilience Initiative: Nurturing Greater Opportunity (BARINGO)
S O U T H S U D A N
PROJECT KEY AGRI-FI Challenge Fund
Lake Turkana, (Lake Rudolf)
Scaling up RuSACCOs Cassava Aggregation - Supporting Smallholder Agriculture & Value Building Opportunities through Addition Seed Enterprise Transformation
E T H I O P I A Beatrice Abukayot and her son at her farm in Teso South, Busia, Kenya.
E R I T R E A
Water for Kiptulwa School and FeedCommunity the Future Keringet
DairyYouth for Development Empowerment in Kisumu BARINGO Stronger Together
U G A N D A
Climate-Smart Agriculture Extensive Agriculture and Savanna Capacity Building of Farmer Training Centers Intensive Agriculture Forest, Rainforest, Swamp Barren Extensive Agriculture and Savanna
S O M A L I A S O M A L I L A N D
E T H I O P I A K E N Y A
Forest, Rainforest, Swamp
S O M A L I A K E N Y A
Beatrice Abukayot at her farm in Teso South, Busia, Kenya, 2018.
T A N Z A N I A
Objective: To improve integration of smallholder farmers/pastoralists in climate-smart value chains.
gri-FI Kenya Challenge Fund is a €24 millon five-
Self Help Africa is collaborating with Imani Development,
year agri-business support programme that is
a private economic development consultancy, focusing
part of the European Union’s Agriculture Financing
on three specific thematic areas:
Initiative programme. It supports productive, adapted and market-integrated smallholder agriculture, including a contribution to the Africa Investment Facility. The objective of the project is to increase the capacity of 100,000 smallholder farmers/pastoralists to practice environmentally sustainable and climate-smart agriculture as a business in inclusive value chains. Over five years (2018-2022), Agri-FI will assist smallholder households to move from subsistence farming to a more business-oriented approach. There will be a focus on: •
Promoting environmentally sustainable farming practices;
Participation of groups that are often excluded, including women and rural youth. They will have opportunities to participate, and profit from doing business across the value chain through input supply, production, processing, aggregation, marketing and retail.
At the heart of Agri-FI is an €18 million Challenge Fund
Climate-smart agricultural inputs
Agri-processing and aggregation
The funded projects are required to support businesses in a wide variety of undertakings, including farmer training on climate adaptation, capacity development of cooperatives, equipment investments, improving quality standards, participatory research and marketing and branding investments, among others. The Agri-FI project seeks to explore and address some of the barriers to women’s participation, together with the question of access and control of resources. It provides training both to farmers’ organisations and to community-based organisations. Agri-FI is backed by contributions from international, public, private and civil society interests. The Challenge Fund is financed by the European Commission (90%), and by SlovakAid and Self Help Africa (10%). As part of a blended financing model, the programme supports Challenge Fund applicants to leverage investment from European Investment Bank (EIB) partner institutions.
which will be invested in supporting enterprise
• 100,000 total direct beneficiaries
The Fund awards grants that need to be matched by the
• 10,000 net equivalent jobs created
other entities to use market-based approaches to tackle particular development challenges. The primary challenge is to increase the integration of smallscale farmers and semi-nomadic pastoralists, who are frequently excluded from agri-value chains. Business
• 15 trade associations supported
Turnover increase of at least 25% for at least 50 agri-enterprises
10,000 jobs created
farmers, around knowledge of best-practice cassava
and livestock feed, and its ability to provide food
production. Self Help Africa and the Ministry of Agriculture,
throughout the year. However, the cassava sector remains
Livestock and Fisheries, using the lead farmer and Farmer
largely underdeveloped, and significant support is required
Field School approaches, are training lead farmers to
to enable smallholder farmers to increase their incomes by
disseminate trainings to 28,000 smallholders (at least 60%
capitalising upon growing demand.
women), organised into business groups. Farmers are being trained on good agricultural practices and climate-smart
To this end, Self Help Africa is leading a five-year programme,
agriculture and farming as a business - including farm and
funded primarily by the European Union, to strengthen the
market planning, enterprise profitability, quality standards,
competitiveness of the cassava value chain in Kenya. Building
aggregation, post-harvest management and value addition.
on previous work funded by the Walmart Foundation and Irish Aid, which reached 12,000 households, the current project
In line with the programme’s value chain approach, Self Help
scales this to 28,000 farmers (including 60% women) in the
Africa is investing in the development of cooperatives, which
Western, Nyanza, Eastern and Coastal regions of Kenya. The
enable farmers to bulk their produce, reduce input costs and
programme is being implemented with local NGOs Ugunja
provide marketing and market linkages. The cooperatives
Community Resource Centre (UCRC), RhEAL Solutions and
are also linked to financial institutions, in particular Rafiki
USTADI, TruTrade, and Rafiki Microfinance Bank.
Microfinance Bank, who provide working capital and support further expansion. The programme has also supported Rafiki
This project - Cassava Aggregation: Supporting
Microfinance Bank to develop suitable loan products for the
Smallholder Agriculture and Value Addition - is facilitating
different actors along the cassava value chain.
the availability of quality-declared cassava planting material, working with the Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) to promote farmer production of quality cassava stems.
• 28,000 households (16,800 women, 11,200 men)
SHA is training seed producers on stem production, soil fertility, field management, pest and disease control, harvesting and
Pasiliano Omaseti , North Teso, Busia, Kenya.
THE PROJECT IN NUMBERS: • 23,800 cassava farmers linked to market opportunities
THE PROJECT IN NUMBERS: •
The project is also addressing capacity gaps among cassava
of Kenya due to its multiple uses as flour, starch,
• 5,600 net equivalent jobs created
or customers requiring inputs, finance and equipment.
100,000 smallholders/pastoralists integrated in various agricultural value chains
assava is increasingly promoted by the government
• 50 agri-businesses supported (to increase turnover by at least 25%)
models have smallholders as suppliers of agri-products
Objective: To increase food and nutrition security, employment and income among 28,000 farming households.
post-harvest handling, processing and storage.
applicants, to support agri-businesses, NGOs and
CASSAVA AGGREGATION SUPPORTING SMALLHOLDER AGRICULTURE AND VALUE ADDITION
AGRI-FI KENYA CHALLENGE FUND
70% increase in smallholder/pastoralist production
At least 20,000 hectares under climate-smart land management practices
15 trade associations strengthened
600,000 livelihoods transformed
• 100 aggregation centres supported • Building capacity of 14 micro, small and medium enterprises and cooperatives
KERINGET COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT PROJECT
Objective: To improve access of rural households to clean water and sanitation.
ocated in the fertile Rift Valley, the Keringet area is very rural and lacks basic infrastructure. Most of the population are subsistence farmers with
low incomes. In the neighbourhood of Kiptulwa, many
Richard Ngerich (father), in Kyogong , Bomet County, Kenya.
YOUTH EMPOWERMENT IN KISUMU
Objective: To increase access to employment opportunities for 200 youths.
ost young people living in the informal settlements in Kisumu county have limited opportunities to access meaningful employment. Youth unemployment is
high in Kisumu, due to the slowdown in employment in the
BARINGO RESILIENCE INITIATIVE: NURTURING GREATER OPPORTUNITY
Objective: To improve access to food, nutrition and income security in northern Kenya.
he Baringo Resilience Initiative: Nurturing Greater Opportunity (BARINGO) project is seeking to contribute to food, nutrition and income security for
households struggle to access clean water for both
region and the lack of higher education, and is one of the
household domestic needs and for livestock and agriculture,
biggest issues facing young people in Kisumu. It has led to
and so have to walk over one kilometre to fetch water from
idleness, drug use and desperation among youths in Kisumu,
The BARINGO project, which started in 2019, aims to
an unprotected source. The main primary school in Kiptulwa
especially those found in Kondele and Obunga slums.
promote secure and sustainable livelihoods amongst
has also been without proper latrines or pumped, safe water for a number of years.
60,000 beneficiaries in northern Kenya.
individual households that are prone to drought in Baringo In partnership with Designer Group, an Irish construction and
County, enabling them to spread their risk and prevent
engineering company working in Kisumu on the East African
production asset loss.
In partnership with a local Rotary club (Rotary Keringeta),
Breweries (EAB) site, Self Help Africa is creating opportunities
Self Help Africa is increasing access to clean, safe water
for 200 youths (50% male, 50% female) living near the EAB
Mitigating the effects of climate change and building
and encouraging good hygiene and sanitation practices
site to develop basic entrepreneurial, financial literacy and life
community resilience, the project is seeking to increase the
among the community and primary school pupils. Local
skills over a 12 month period. A selection of the participants
food, nutrition and income security of smallholder agro-
water management committees have been set up in the
will also be afforded placement and internship opportunities
pastoralist and pastoralist households in Baringo County.
community and the school and have helped to identify
with Designer Group and other local businesses.
Agnes Amelia Awoch, farmer in Lele Village, West Kisumu, Countu Kisumu, Kenya.
10,000 households will be supported to adopt productive, climate-resilient and nutrition-sensitive agriculture and livestock production activities. The goal is to ensure that targeted households have improved access to extension services and diversified farming systems. At least 40,000 hectares of land will be under improved land management or fodder production.
• 60,000 households
needs and appropriate sites for water access points. Two boreholes will be drilled and equipped, two springs
Further to this, the Youth Empowerment project will partner with
rehabilitated, pumps installed and a water tank and tap
local technical institutions to create opportunities for 30 partial
provided at the school. Already, there are fewer incidences
scholarships and internship opportunities in local cooperatives
of diarrhoea and other waterborne diseases.
for young people.
• 3,371 with increased access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene
• 200 youths (aged 18 to 34)
• 538 school children with access to Water and Sanitation for Health (WASH) facilities at school 18
Richard Ngerich (son), in Kyogong , Bomet County, Kenya.
ActionAid, ADRA, Plan International, and Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM)
Chitipa, Karonga, Mzimba, Nkhata Bay, Nkhotakota, Kasungu, Salima, Mulanje, Chiradzulu and Thyolo Districts.
Better Extension Training Transforming Economic Return (BETTER)
Developing Remote Sensing Technology to Monitor Fall Armyworm
World Bank, The € 127,000 Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR)
Malawi Ministry of Agriculture, Orbas Consulting, UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering
Emergency response to Cyclone Idai in Malawi
elf Help Africa directly implements projects in Malawi. The overall programme goal, to support smallholder farming communities to achieve sustainable livelihoods, is in line with the Malawi government’s current Growth and Development Strategy II.
Nellie Mohango, Magamira Village, Malawi.
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PROJECT KEY togo
Better Extension Training Transforming Economic Returns (BETTER) Developing Remote Sensing Technology to Monitor Fall Armyworm Emergency response to Cyclone Idai in Malawi
Lake Malawi, (Lake Nyasa)
M A L A W I Lilongwe
Extensive Agriculture and Savanna Intensive Agriculture Forest, Rainforest, Swamp Barren
M O Z A M B I Q U E
Agnes Richardson, Phiriranjuzi, Malawi.
BETTER EXTENSION TRAINING TRANSFORMING ECONOMIC RETURN (BETTER)
Objective: To increase resilience, food, nutrition, and income security of 402,000 smallholder farmers through sustainable agricultural growth in Malawi.
mallholders produce approximately 80% of Malawi’s
These include: supporting Farmer Field school groups
food, and most of the population of rural Malawi are
to promote sustainable agricultural practices, including
dependent on rain-fed agriculture.
conservation agriculture and soil and water conservation; promoting the adoption of legume and small-scale
The food situation in Malawi has been worsened by El Niño,
vegetable production including backyard gardening,
which heavily affected the 2015-16 agricultural season.
integrating nutrition training and appropriate small-scale
Maize is the most significant crop for food security, but
irrigation technologies; and training of smallholder farmers
recent outputs have been well below the amount required
on diversification of crops, including early maturing varieties,
to meet national needs, underlining the need for crop
drought and flood tolerant crops.
diversification. Up to 40% of the popultion of Malawi live with the threat of food-insecurity, with estimates in 2017
A key constraint for many farmers is access to information
suggesting that 6.7 million people would not be able to
to guide their production decisions. Improved agricultural
meet their food requirements that year.
extension services provide farmers with the information
Female smallholders are especially vulnerable to food
that they need to address their challenges and to exploit
insecurity due to their unequal access to land and credit
opportunities. They are important to enable Malawi’s
and their disproportionate burden of labour.
farmers to significantly raise their productivity levels through sustainable agricultural practices.
The European Union-funded Better Extension Training Transforming Economic Return (BETTER) project is a
Self Help Africa is also adopting new technologies to make
collaboration between Self Help Africa, ActionAid Malawi,
farming more efficient. To achieve this, farmers are being
Adventist Development and Relief Agency, Plan International
organised into Farmer Field School groups. These groups
UK and the Evangelical Association of Malawi.
involve farmer-led research to document and share best practices, training farmers in data collection and record
Crop diversification and improved adoption of alternative
management, linking farmer groups to mobile phone-
crops has been one of the government of Malawi’s key
based information services on sustainable agricultural
strategies to achieving food and income security. Malawi
methodologies, and developing community Early Warning
depends mainly on maize and tobacco for food and
Systems (EWS) in flood and drought-prone areas.
income security. These actions have been designed to contribute to SHA are undertaking a number of activities to build
improving agricultural productivity in the targeted 10
capacity among smallholder farmers to increase
KULIMA districts by improving capacity of smallholder
production and efficiency.
farmers to farm in a more effective manner, thus reducing their vulnerability to shocks.
• 402,000 smallholder farmers (including 241,201 women)
THE PROJECT IN NUMBERS: • 13,000 Farmer Field Schools will be created to provide training and promote new crops and climate-smart farming methods. • 400,000 families will be trained using a network of community-based field schools. • The project will intervene in 10 of Malawi’s 28 national districts.
Ethel Khundi with daughter Memory, Whunachu Village, Malawi.
Objective: To ensure that households affected by Cyclone Idai have their immediate needs met, as well as necessary start-up resettlement packages to enable them to move from the IDP camps back to their respective homes.
alawi experienced heavy flooding in early March
As part of the project, SHA and GOAL will also distribute
that led to the declaration of a state of disaster on
shelter kit packages to 59 households (all the households in
8 March 2019 by the Government.
IDP camps) and provide food and non-food items to a total of 300 affected households (both in and out of IDP camps)
UN reports show that a total of 731,879 out of 868,895
including lifesaving (water, basic health needs) and multi-
affected people need support, 86,976 people displaced are
purpose cash transfers.
in Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps and there has been 677 injuries and 59 deaths across 15 affected districts.
In addition to this, the intervention will support women and girls to access start up sanitary kits and protection
Due to the heavy rains, many houses have collapsed, and
kits through links to health facilities and will also work to
affected people are seeking shelter mostly in schools, which
link the affected households with other recovery resilience
is affecting learners accessing education. Agriculture fields
programmes and facilitate access to seeds and agricultural
have been washed away as well as small livestock.
inputs for them to embark in winter cropping.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE TO CYCLONE IDAI IN MALAWI
Despite immediate responses by INGOs and the Government of Malawi, there remains a critical need for food, portable water, shelter, and sanitary facilities. Self Help Africa teamed up with GOAL to work with the Government of Malawi to support affected households in TA Nsanama and TA Mlomba in Machinga district. Maize infected by Fall Armyworm, Malawi.
The SHA-GOAL intervention is providing immediate support
• 300 households (59 households in IDP camps and 241 outside IDP camps) • 1231 people (772 female, 459 male) 62% female
to camp management committees. This will include hygiene
awareness and provision of chlorine in IDP camps, the
DEVELOPING REMOTE SENSING TECHNOLOGY TO MONITOR FALL ARMYWORM
sensitisation of IDPs in camps at Chilala and Joho on the available resettlement package and suggested procedures.
Objective: To contribute to the solution of the Fall Armyworm (FAW) problem by developing a tool for the detection of its hotspots.
ood security in Malawi has been worsened by
This model will then be developed into a software tool to
the increasing prevalence of pests and diseases,
help public institutions, NGOs and commercial farmers to
including the emergence of the FAW affecting over
maximise the benefits of insecticide, manage yield losses,
600,000 smallholder farmers.
and adapt to climate change challenges.
The emergence of the FAW across Malawi and sub-
In the initial stages of this project, data will be collected at
Saharan Africa poses a critical continuous and recurrent
both satellite and field levels, this data will then be processed
threat to smallholder farmers across the continent.
and cleaned, and the model will then be built and optimised
The programme will also identify the most vulnerable households outside IDP camps through community structures for support in all affected areas in the targeted TAs in Machinga.
based on the baseline data to monitor any changes. The Developing Remote Sensing Technology to Monitor Fall Armyworm is being delivered by an innovative collaboration
district authorities in Balaka district in Malawi.
• 3,500 households in Balaka district (21,000 people)
The aim of the project is to create a model to detect and
• 50% women
between: Self Help Africa, University College Dublin, and Orbas with the support of the relevant local government
monitor Fall Armyworm outbreaks and severity.
James Tchambulasi, Mkhonde Village, Malawi.
World Food Programme, Irish Aid
Local Seed Business Outscaling
Wageningen, Irish Aid
Adjumani, Kiryandongo, Masindi and Omoro Districts
Integrated Seed Sector Development Uganda
Eastern and Soutwestern Uganda
Norah Alupo, Kapelebyong, Teso, Uganda.
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.
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. Self Help Africa believes
with the national agricultural strategies produced under
that the most effective role that we can play is in facilitating
the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries
partnerships that will bring partners together to serve the
(MAAIF) Development Strategy and Investment Plan.
needs of underdeveloped rural communities.
Agriculture and Market Support for North West Uganda
Striking a Balance: Developing a Green Economy around Lake Bunyonyi Basin
The Haramead Trust, The European Commission
Strengthening Livelihoods, Nutrition and Climate Resilience of Smallholder Farmers
Pilot Programme to Support Agriculture Development in the Albertine Region
Tullow Uganda Operations
Kabale and Rubanda, Southwestern Uganda
Kabale and Rubanda local governments, African International Christian Ministry (AICM)
Ngora, Amuria, Katakwi and Kaberamaido, North-Eastern region
Traidlinks, TruTrade, Devenish Nutrition
Nwoya, Hoima and Buliisa, Albertine region
UGANDA PROJECT KEY
Agriculture and Market Support for North West Uganda
S O U T H S U D A N
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Striking a Balance togo
Strengthening Livelihoods, Nutrition and Climate Resilience of smallholder farmers
Pilot Programme to Support Agriculture Development in the D E M R E P C O N G O Albertine Region
Lake Albert Extensive Agriculture and Savanna
U G A N D A
Forest, Rainforest, Swamp
K E N Y A
Z A M B I A
T A N Z A N I A Mary Asele, Kepelebyong, Teso, Uganda.
AGRICULTURE AND MARKET SUPPORT FOR NORTH WEST UGANDA
Objective: To improve income and food security of smallholder households through increased production.
gricultural productivity in Uganda is currently well below potential, and many of the crops that are produced for market are often lost before they can be sold due to
poor storage facilities and post-harvest handling. With this in mind, the Agriculture and Market Support (AMS) project aims to increase the production and sale of maize,
On the road to Fulumina Busihgye’s, Uganda.
LOCAL SEED BUSINESS OUTSCALING
Objective: To increase food, nutrition and income security in smallholder households.
he uptake and utilisation of quality seed by smallholder farmers in Uganda is still very low, with over 85% depending on seed saved from previous
STRIKING A BALANCE: DEVELOPING A GREEN ECONOMY AROUND LAKE BUNYONYI BASIN
Objective: To improve the institutional framework for sustainable environmental and economic management of Lake Bunyonyi through capacity building of local authorities.
ake Bunyonyi is a high-value natural resource for
Training will cover production of various crops suitable for
the predominantly rural populations of Kabale
cultivation in seasonal wetlands and surrounding farmland,
and Rubanda districts. The lake is also an area of
incorporating soil and water conservation practices such as
seasons. However, each time farmers save and plant
outstanding natural beauty and biodiversity, with significant
construction and reinforcement of terraces and drains, contour
seed from a previous season it loses vigour, resulting in
potential to generate tourism revenue for the communities
ploughing, agro-forestry and cover cropping to help bring
living around it. Poverty and mounting population pressures
about sustained improvements in water infiltration, soil quality
have caused significant degradation of natural resources in
and fertility within the catchment, as well as reduce the risk
the lake basin, resulting in declining water availability, loss of
and potential impact of natural disasters such as mudslides.
beans and sorghum for smallholder farmer households in
The Local Seed Business Outscaling project aims to
Adjumani, Kiryandongo, Masindi and Omoro districts.
increase quality seed uptake by establishing local seed
The project will also support the World Food Programme’s
businesses that empower farmers to produce and market
food assistance programmes through stimulating local
quality seed within their local communities.
production, aggregation and sale of staple crops.
wildlife habitats and soil fertility, and posing a long-term threat to the income and food security of poor rural households.
To provide an alternative to livelihood activities that have a negative impact on the environment, 500 new jobs will be
Working in partnership with the Integrated Seed Sector
Striking a Balance: Developing a Green Economy around
created in sustainable livelihood sectors including horticulture,
Self Help Africa has been implementing the AMS project
Development Programme of Wageningen University, the
Lake Bunyonyi Basin will aim to improve the institutional
tree nurseries, beekeeping, mushroom production, small
with 3000 farmers in Masindi, Kiryandongo and Adjumani
project targets farmer groups that are entrepreneurial, and
framework for sustainable management of the Lake Bunyonyi
livestock and sustainable energy and tourism.
districts since 2017. In July 2018 the project extended its
have experience in growing the crops for which they want
basin, through capacity building of local authorities. It
support to Oromo district and 5,500 new beneficiaries,
to produce seed in 30 Local Seed Businesses (LSBs).
will contribute to the inclusive and low-carbon economic
Businesses will benefit from opportunities for knowledge-
transformation of communities in the Lake Bunyonyi
sharing, and influencing the development of policies and
basin, generating sustainable economic growth, increased
bylaws governing the use of lake resources through the
employment, reduced poverty, improved nutrition, and
establishment of a ‘green business forum’. The action will
sustainable management of the environment.
promote branding and marketing of Lake Bunyonyi as an
including 4,000 refugees. A further 3,000 beneficiaries will be added in the coming years, as the first cohort of farmers
The project is building the capacity of local service providers
graduate from the project.
to support the development of the groups. A capacity
The new phase of the project will strengthen the capacity
are developed to address the skills and knowledge gaps
of smallholder farmers from both refugee and host
through continuous coaching on key aspects of technical
communities to move into commercial production, increase
seed production and marketing. LSBs are linked to other
access to support services and new technologies, and
strategic partners such as research organisations for
build the institutional capacity of farmer organisations to
access to foundation seed, markets, credit and extension.
assessment of each group is conducted and action plans
aggregate and market better quality produce. Farmers are organised into farmer groups, and linked to satellite collection points for aggregation, safe storage and marketing. The groups will also be linked to financial institutions for banking services and agricultural loans, and to quality agricultural service providers for inputs and post-
eco-tourism destination and will allow small traders and agriSelf Help Africa will establish 12 Village Natural Resource
enterprises to gain business skills and improved access to
Management Committees in the most degraded areas
financial services and markets for their products.
around the lake. Their role will be to transfer knowledge on the sustainable use of natural resources to members of their wider communities. Members are drawn from a range of
• 900 members of 30 Local Seed Businesses
Angela Atim, Kapelebyong, Teso, Uganda.
social groups, ensuring that the voices of those who depend on natural resources – including traditionally marginalised groups such as women, youth, persons with disabilities, and Batwa communities – are heard in the process of developing an integrated management plan for the lake.
harvest handling equipment. They will also be supported to conduct market research and establish market linkages to
The project will set up 20 Farmer Field Schools to provide
obtain competitive prices for their produce.
ongoing training to 500 smallholder farmers on soil and water
• 1,000 individual members of rural communities • 60% from marginalised groups including women, youth and Batwa communities
• 3,000 (at least 50% women)
STRENGTHENING LIVELIHOODS, NUTRITION AND CLIMATE RESILIENCE OF SMALLHOLDER FARMERS
Objective: To create resilient, selfsustaining farming communities where poverty and hunger are reduced.
he overall objective of this project is to create resilient, self-sustaining farming communities where poverty and hunger are reduced. This is being achieved
through strengthening the livelihoods, nutrition and climate resilience of smallholder farmers in four districts of Teso, North Eastern Uganda. Strengthening Livelihoods, Nutrition and Climate Resilience of Smallholder Farmers promotes an integrated risk management approach to strengthening resilience and to sustainably increasing agricultural production and productivity. This will involve promoting the use of drought and pest-tolerant seeds, early maturing seed, livestock, and agro-forestry, as well as off-farm practices, including the establishment of saving and loans groups, community early warning system, and advocacy engagement.
PILOT PROGRAMME TO SUPPORT AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT IN THE ALBERTINE REGION
Objective: To increase food and nutrition security, employment and income among 10,200 smallholder farmers in the Albertine region of Uganda.
elf Help Africa, together with our partners Traidlinks, TruTrade and Devenish Nutrition, are using this pilot as a significant step towards developing a
programme that can benefit hundreds of thousands of farming households across the Albertine region to produce and sell more along seven value chains – cassava, rice, vegetables, fish, pigs, dairy and beef. By developing a modern infrastructure for post-harvesting facilities, more value can be added and retained locally in the region. Establishing business development services with appropriate agricultural credit facilities will lead to sustained increases of investment in agriculture value addition across
As a result of these interventions, it is expected that
all districts of the Albertine through a developing network
beneficiaries will achieve year-round food security,
of agricultural processing enterprises, driving significant
including being able to eat at least twice a day during the
economic growth in the region.
hunger season, with increased household income, strong adaptability to shocks, and improved nutrition.
The Pilot Programme to Support Agriculture Development in the Albertine Region is intended to support the shared
Communities will also be empowered to advocate on issues
vision of Joint Venture Partners and the Government of
affecting their right to food and to engage with local government
Uganda to establish the Albertine region as an exemplar of
extension services and para-vets to maximise sustainability.
agro-industrialization and production, at both the regional
This project is being implemented through two community-
based organisations and three local NGOs, in order to increase engagement and ownership of the project, as well as building capacity at the local level.
• 10,200 (including 5,000 women)
• 1,554 beneficiaries • 9,324 indirect beneficiaries • 61% female beneficiaries
Flora Nyirangaba, Kazinga Trading Center, Kamwenge District, Uganda.
Improved Access to Drinking Water and Sanitation Services
EU and other trusts and funds
Building Resilience to Climate Extremes and Disasters
Women and Youth’s Agricultural Entrepeneurship in the North Region of Burkina Faso
Expertise France, Albert Jurgens Fund
The focus of the West Africa programme is increasingly
Togo, with the regional office based in Ouagadougou in
on value addition and creating linkages with private sector
Burkina Faso and a country office in Dapaong, Togo.
opportunities for agricultural producers.
Association d’Appui aux Activités de Santé Communautaire
67 villages in the Cantons of Naki Est and Ogaro, Savannah Region, Togo
Welthungerhilfe (WHH), Direction Générale des Productions Végétales (DGPVMin of Agriculture dept of Plant Health), Wend Yam, Project Écologie et Reboisement (PER), Association Zood Nooma pour le Développement (AZND) Association de Développement Sougri Nooma (ASDN)
Kourweogo and Oubritenga provinces, Plateau Central and Sanmatenga and Bam provinces, Centre Nord regions of Burkina Faso
Africare, Fédération Nationale des Groupements Naam (FNGN), Union des Baore Tradition d’Épargne et de Crédit (UBTEC)
North region, Yatenga provinces, villages in Thiou, Koumbri, Barga and Tanghai, Burkina Faso
Yendoukoa Assibi and Momiebe Nanane, Nassiete Village, Togo.
he West Africa programme operates in Burkina Faso and
WEST AFRICA PROGRAMMES
N I G E R Building Resilience to Climate Extremes and Disasters Improved Governance and Access to Water and Sanitation
M A L I
Women and Youth’s agricultural entrepreneurship in the North Region of Burkina Faso
B U R K I N A
F A S O
Extensive Agriculture and Savanna Intensive Agriculture Forest, Rainforest, Swamp
Dapaong G H A N A B E N I N
T O G O C O T E
D ´ I V O I R E
Zougmore Alimata, Gomtenga Village, Togo.
IMPROVED GOVERNANCE AND ACCESS TO WATER AND SANITATION, TOGO
Objective: To contribute to the improvement of the quality of life for rural populations through ensuring equitable and adequate access to water, sanitation and health.
he Improved Governance and Access to Water and Sanitation project is being implemented in the NakiEst and Ogaro communities of northern Togo, which
BUILDING RESILINECE TO CLIMATE EXTREMES AND DISASTERS (BRACED)
Objective: To strengthen the ability of smallholder farmers to cope with the impact of climate variability by diversifying agricultural production.
urkina Faso’s climate is changing rapidly, leading to increased aridity and water shortages. This is causing increased difficulties for subsistence
farmers, who are highly vulnerable to climate extremes.
have recorded very low levels of access to drinking water – 26% and 52% respectively. These levels are not sufficient to
Working with Welthungerhilfe, local government and local
sustain local populations.
partners in Burkina Faso, the Building Resilience to Climate
WOMEN AND YOUTH’S AGRICULTURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Objective: To contribute to the socio-economic stability of the Northern region of Burkina Faso through the creation of economic opportunities for 240 women and young people.
urkina Faso is a landlocked sub-Saharan country
Despite the local agricultural potential, vocational training
with high levels of poverty and limited natural
opportunities remain limited to sewing, soap, pottery and
resources. 45% of the population is living in
hairdressing; and formal programmes providing training in
extreme poverty. In the Northern region, the poverty rate
more relevant areas of economic activity are rare.
was estimated at 70% in 2016 and the local population is mostly comprised of women and young people (24% of the
To address this gap, SHA’s intervention offers economic
population is between 15 and 24 years of age).
opportunities to young people and women, with a focus on reducing gender inequality and the effects of climate change.
Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) project is decreasing the
In response to increasing poverty rates, unemployed youth
vulnerability of 620,000 women, children and men.
are forced to migrate on a seasonal basis to Mali, Ivory Coast
This project will contribute to the socio-economic stability
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) practices, and local
or inner Burkina Faso in search of employment opportunities
of the Northern region of Burkina Faso by creating
governance of water resources.
The project is promoting the diversification of agricultural
on arable land and pastures, or on gold panning sites
economic opportunities for 240 women and young people.
production of smallholder farmers and improving incomes
where they are exposed to fatal accidents, banditry or other
The project will support the young people and women in
The project both drills new, and rehabilitates existing
through sustainable access to drought-tolerant seeds,
demeaning jobs in order to secure an income.
the region in the development of small businesses in the
boreholes in the region, in order to provide access to safe
improved soil fertility and a specific focus on enterprise
This project is being implemented in order to improve
agricultural and livestock sectors.
drinking water to 5,750 people. 1,908 latrines, of which 150
development. Self Help Africa is also providing training
In the communes of Thiou and Koumbri in Yatenga
are Ecological Sanitation, will be built over the three-year
to increase the organisational capacity of farmers, and
province, which share a border with Mali, the situation is
project, providing sanitation facilities to 19,080 people.
promote climate-smart agriculture techniques.
similar to that of the northern region, with a large population of young people who find themselves without employment.
In order for Self Help Africa’s intervention to be sustainable,
SHA is working closely with the government in Burkina
This is compounded by the deteriorating security situation in
artisans will be trained in latrine and borehole maintenance.
Faso to strengthen agricultural extension services and early-
the region, mainly due to the proximity to the Malian border
Water point management structures will also be set up to
warning weather systems. Community radio messaging
as well as other cross-border and terrorist activities.
collect fees from users in order to fund any repairs needed.
and other innovative resourcing techniques allowed Self
SHA is helping to build ownership and responsibility within the
Help Africa to reach over 200,000 individuals with weather
And yet, in the northern region, economic potential still exists
communities by forming development committees and WASH
information by mid-2017.
in spite of the difficult climate but this remains underexploited.
• 32,569 • 54% women • 67 villages in the Savanna region of Togo
• 240 women and young people (120 young people aged 16-33, 50% male, 50% female and 120 women aged 34+)
Agriculture and livestock account for more than 80% of the
associations, as well as forming a local project management team in order to assure the sustainability of the action.
WEST AFRICA PROGRAMMES
WEST AFRICA PROGRAMMES
Overall, this project will lead to improved resilience of poor
economic activities of the northern region’s population which is
and vulnerable communities affected by climate change in
also ranked as the first potato-producing region in the country.
Burkina Faso. Evidence from the resilience-building approaches is being used for embedding climate adaptation approaches in local, regional and national plans and generating best practice guidelines on climate adaptation in the Sahel region.
• 200,000 will receive direct training • 419,136 total beneficiaries will benefit from early-warning weather signals • 310,000 female beneficiaries (direct and indirect) 34
Sana Bibata with her children Aboubacar, Avld, Aboul Rasmane in their maize field, Burkina Faso.
Irish Aid Local Development Programme
Community-Based Seed Enterprises and Participatory Crop Improvement
Irish Aid, Electric Aid
Nutrition Sensitive AgriFood Value Chains (in Zambia and Malawi
Pathways to selfreliance for Refugees in Zambia:Graduation Programme
UNHCR, Irish Aid
Home Grown School Meals
Protecting and Restoring the Environment and Supporting the Emergence of a Resilient and Vibrant Economy in Kafue (PRESERVE)
Jersey Overseas Aid Commission
Sustaining Enterprise Growth in Financial Associations Project
Andrew MPuhu, Meheba, Zambia.
elf Help Africa’s programme focus in Zambia is on
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.
Mbala and Luwingu District Council, PPU, HID
Mthilakubili Sustainable Agriculture Project SGA in Chipata and Lundazi, Shangila SGA in Mpika, Chipapa SGA in Kafua, Siavonga SGA in Siavonga and Namalundu SGA in Chinkakata. Also Zambia Agriculture Research Institue(ZARI) and Seed Control and Certification Institue (SCCI)
Lusaka, Southern, Muchinga, Central, Northern and Eastern Provinces
McGill University, Biodiversity International, WorldFish, in Malawi is a producers association, SPRODETA, University of Zambia, the research stations, Ministry of Agriculture in Zambia
Luwingu, Northern Province
GRZ ministries (MCDSW, MoA, MFL, MHA), UNHCR
Meheba (Kalumbila district), Mayukwayukwa (Kaoma district)
None - but liaising with local government entities and schools
Mumbwa, Shibuyunji, Petauke, Luangwa, Sinda and Nyimba districts (Central Lusaka and Eastern Provinces)
University of Worcester, Local government
Monze, Namwala and Mazabuka, Southern Province, Zambia
Projects address a selection of integrated issues: sustainable agriculture, food and nutrition security, research
Self Help Africa also provides support and capacity building
into and production of improved varieties of seed, rural
to local government departments in planning, monitoring,
enterprise development and income generation, and
evaluation and training.
environmental rehabilitation. malawi
Irish Aid Local Development Programme
Nutrition Sensitive Agri-Food Value Chains
D E M R E P C O N G O
Community-based Seed Enterprises
Home Grown School Meals Pathway to Self-Reliance for Refugees in Zambia
Chipata M A L A W I
PRESERVE Sustaining Enterprise Growth in Financial Associations Project
Z A M B I A Lusaka
Extensive Agriculture and Savanna Intensive Agriculture Forest, Rainforest, Swamp
Z I M B A B W E
Northern Province Mbala and Luwingu
IRISH AID LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
Objective: To improve the livelihoods, health status, food and nutrition security of over 23,000 poor households.
he programme was successfully implemented by Self Help Africa from 2013 to the end of February 2019, when it closed.
The programme achieved its intended objectives and
COMMUNITY-BASED SEED ENTERPRISES
Objective: To improve the food, nutrition and income security of smallholder households in Kafue district.
roductivity in Zambia is held back by a lack of access to quality seed, transport and other infrastructure. Because of this, farmers often
struggle to feed their families throughout the year.
impacted positively on its target population. As part of our response to this, Self Help Africa, in
PROJECT ACHIEVEMENTS: •
Food security: food security improved from below 50% at baseline to about 80% post active programme implementation period.
Resilience: Households moved from an average of 25% in resilience at baseline to about 60% at endline.
372 Livelihood Enhancement Groups received various intervention related trainings.
Infant and Young Child Feeding training given to 523 care givers from Livelihood Enhancement Groups (LEGs).
HIV, AIDs awareness reaching out to 12, 200 LEG members.
Emma Kayela, Nsunda Village, Northern Province, Zambia.
collaboration with the Zambia Agriculture Research Institute, the Seed Certification and Control Institute, and the University of Zambia, is working with Seed Grower Associations (SGA) and their smallholder farmer members
NUTRITION SENSITIVE AGRI-FOOD VALUE CHAINS
to increase production of early generation indigenous legume seed and to develop a better understanding of how the different varieties perform under conservation agriculture practices in the different geographical regions of Zambia. The Community-Based Seed Enterprises project is also building the capacity of the SGAs themselves, providing technical assistance on business planning, financial management and governance. Seed production provides a profitable business opportunity for farmers with the entrepreneurial drive and capacity to produce at consistent quality and SGAs provide essential collective purchasing, aggregation and marketing services to their members.
Objective: To improve the nutritional status of members of farming households.
ver the past two decades, the prevalence of stunting has persistently been above 40% in Zambia, which impedes human development,
productivity and economic growth.
Malaria awareness reaching out to 6,484 LEG members.
• 400 farmers (50% women)
Objective: To increase self-reliance for 300 refugee households and local host communities in Meheba and Mayukwayukwa settlement areas.
ambia currently hosts around 58,000 refugees and displaced people, the majority of whom reside in the country’s two officially designated settlements: Meheba
and Mayukwayukwa. Both settlements are remote with limited
Self Help Africa is the Zambian-based implementing partner
access to infrastructure, and their inhabitants are currently
in a research consortium led by McGill University, with sub-
reliant on UNHCR and other agencies for subsistence.
grantees WorldFish Centre and Bioversity International. The Nutrition Sensitive Agri-Food Value Chain project’s objective is to promote the availability, accessibility and consumption
PATHWAYS TO SELF-RELIANCE FOR REFUGEES IN ZAMBIA
of diverse, safe and nutritious foods for improved household nutrition and health.
Self Help Africa is leading a pilot project with UNCHR to design and implement a graduation programme to foster a spirit of self-reliance in refugees and other vulnerable local families in the host community. SHA staff are working closely with the UNHCR livelihoods team and relevant government ministries.
These objectives will be delivered through linkages formed
The graduation approach supports households over an
with the private sector, trainings on food quality and nutrition,
18-month period, through providing training on agriculture,
and knowledge dissemination through multimedia.
setting up savings and credit groups, providing a productive asset chosen by the participant and facilitating links to
THE PROJECT IN NUMBERS:
Through assessments of the opportunities to add value to,
potential markets. In addition, each participant is assigned a
and improve the nutrient content of, selected commodities
case worker who mentors them throughout the project.
throughout the value chain, SHA, partners and project
• 17,000 households in Mbala and Luwingu districts benefit from the project
participants will be able to develop contextually appropriate methods of processing these foods in ways that maintain or enhance their nutrition content.
• 372 farmer groups
communities to increase self-reliance.
The project will collaborate with a variety of Zambian actors,
enable these vulnerable households to meet their food
including the University of Zambia, agro-dealers, government
and nutrition requirements, as well as basic social and
extension staff, cooperatives and smallholder farmers,
economic needs such as school fees, medical fees and food
as building local capacity and harnessing existing local
knowledge are key to the success of the project.
• 2,400 (960 women, 1,440 men) Deusta Niyokqizigira, Meheba, Zambia.
with 300 vulnerable households from the refugee and host
This will reduce dependency on UNHCR hand-outs and
• 60% of beneficiaries are women • 5,400 members in 120 savings and credit associations
The Pathway to Self-Reliance for Refugees project will work
• 300 households 39
Oilpa, Rosemary Chate’s daughter, Malela, Northern Province, Zambia.
Objective: To improve the resilience, food, income and nutrition security of 3,000 households in the Monze, Namwala and Mazabuka districts of Zambia.
rotecting and Restoring the Environment and Supporting the Emergence of a Resilient and Vibrant Economy in Kafue (PRESERVE) is a three-
year project (March 2019- Feburary 2022) to improve the
HOME GROWN SCHOOL MEALS
Objective: To build links between schools and local producers, strengthen the link between nutrition and agriculture and facilitate the development of nutrition-sensitive and inclusive value chains.
SUSTAINING ENTERPRISE GROWTH IN FINANCIAL ASSOCIATIONS PROJECT
Objective: To enhance the capacity of financial associations to provide improved services to the Enterprise Groups to enable them to operate sustainably through improved production and market linkages.
he Irish Aid Local Development Programme (IALDP) came to an end in February 2019. This programme had been implemented since October 2013 in
resilience, food, income and nutrition security of 3,000
the Northern Province of Zambia in Luwingu and Mbala
households in the Monze, Namwala and Mazabuka
districts. Enterprise development was seen as a key
districts of Zambia.
component to ensure sustainability after the end of the
The project will use the Functional Landscape Approach (FLA) to promote the sustainable use of natural resources
project and within this component, access to finance and financial inclusion stood out as the most cardinal.
for diversified livelihoods and increased incomes, whilst
This prompted the establishment of six Financial
alnutrition remains a serious problem in Zambia,
The government’s Seventh National Development Plan
protecting and restoring essential eco-systems within the
Associations (FAs), three in each district, (Mukulu,
with a 2017 Global Hunger Index score of 38.2, the
(7ND) recognises that poor nutrition erodes human capital
Mamfumba and Bwacha in Luwingu and Intulo, Omba and
food situation in the country is ranked as Alarming.
potential and perpetuates the vicious cycle of poverty.
40% of Zambian children are affected by stunting – well above the average for African countries with similar national income – and there is a high prevalence of anaemia, with one in two children and one in three women of reproductive age affected.
The project builds on Self Help Africa Zambia’s previous
Home Grown School Feeding programmes are identified as
experience implementing Strengthening Climate Resilience
a key strategy for enhancing welfare and livelihoods for the
in the Kafue Sub-Basin (SCRiKA) in the targeted districts
poor and vulnerable, and for enhancing food security and
from 2016 to 2018. Funded by the Government of Zambia
nutrition in order to improve the health of the population.
through the African Development Bank (AFDB), SCRiKA assisted community groups in 11 districts of Zambia to
Ubunonshi in Mbala) which would serve as village banks to offer financial services to the communities. To avoid negating the work that went into establishing these entities, it is therefore necessary that Self Help Africa continue, to some extent, to facilitate in the mentoring, coaching, and market linkage activities that should see the
Malnutrition is closely linked with poverty, and with 60% of the
Self Help Africa is implementing activities in six districts of
population living below the poverty line diets are over-reliant
Zambia (Mumbwa, Shibuyunji, Petauke, Luangwa, Sinda,
on staple crops such as maize.
and Nyimba) focusing on building community, school and
The link between educational attainment and nutrition is well
government capacity and ownership of the programme so
SHA has used learning from SCRiKA and feedback from
documented, with international bodies including the World
that it can begin the transition towards independence from
project beneficiaries to inform the design of PRESERVE
Health Organisation, UNICEF and the World Bank recognising
World Food Programme (WFP) support, while developing an
Kafue. Where possible, the project will utilise structures
that good health and nutrition are not only essential inputs but
evidence-based model for programme delivery that can easily
already established by SCRiKA, such as reorientating
also important outcomes of basic, good quality education;
be scaled up and out across Zambia.
Project Committees into Village Natural Resource
These services will include financial services (loans, Business
Development Services and product financing) as well as market
learners must be healthy and well-nourished to gain the maximum benefit from education, and early childhood care and primary school programmes which improve learners’ health and nutrition can enhance educational outcomes, while good quality education can lead to better health and nutrition outcomes for learners, particularly girls.
vulnerable groups that are disproportionately affected by
their knowledge and skills on nutrition and nutrition-sensitive
climate related shocks.
agriculture while raising awareness of the Home Grown School Meals programme.
framework and priorities, with a particular focus on
education, as they have been shown to increase enrolment,
monitoring and evaluation systems.
attendance and completion.
In Zambia, the Ministry of General Education has developed a School Health and Nutrition programme to improve and provide services in schools.
The Sustaining Enterprise Growth in Financial Associations
level, it will mobilise communities in the target districts building
improve children’s nutrition but also facilitate access to
economies and more broadly supporting poverty reduction.
adapt to the long-term consequences of climate change.
key programme stakeholders at school, district and national
SHA will work to align activities with WFP’s country
the added benefit of strengthening local food systems and
FAs culminating into self-reliant autonomous institutions.
The targeted beneficiaries are smallholders and other
invested in school meals programmes, which both directly
Linking school meals programmes to local producers has
design and implement projects that would enable them to
As required by the Scope of Work, SHA will work closely with
Governments and donors all over the world have therefore
• 200,000 primary schoolchildren from 6 districts, across 435 primary schools
(SEGiFA) project aims to enhance the capacity of financial associations to provide improved services to the Enterprise Groups to enable them to operate sustainably through improved production and market linkages.
services (which include bulking, value addition and facilitating market linkages). Most of the Accumulated Savings and Credit Associations (ASCAs) members are part of the Enterprise Groups therefore these services are, by association, meant for the ASCAs as well. Product development for the FAs will be
• 3,000 smallholder farmers directly targeted(40% women from femaleheaded households, 20% will be young people (18-35 years), 40% vulnerable groups (elderly, persons with disabilities, households without productive assets) • 15,000 family members indirectly targeted
key as they will be able to tailor products to meet the different requirements of their clientele. The project, in addition to providing financial services, also aims to promote and develop grain marketing/trading by the FAs, who will absorb the grain grown by smallholder farmers within their catchment areas, benefitting from quality seed provided by the Seed Grower Associations. The Enterprise Groups should benefit from the products provided by the FAs, which could range from traditional loans to equipment lease or hire.
• 1,000 households
Susan Wanjiku Kaman in village of Kwa-Gitan, Nakuru County, Kenya, 2015.
Pascalina Mulenga, Malela Village, Zambia.
Kingsbridge House, 17-22 Parkgate Street, Dublin 8, Co. Dublin Tel. +353 (0)1 6778880
PO Box 1204 Addis Ababa Tel. +251 116 620 659
41 University Street Belfast, NI, BT7 1FY Tel: +44 (0)28 90232064
PO Box 25503-00100 Nairobi Tel. +254 703 946477
Westgate House, Dickens Court Hills Lane, Shrewsbury, SY1 1QU Tel. +44 (0) 174 327 7170
PO Box B-495 Lilongwe, Tel. +265 175 0568
14 Dufferin Street, London, EC1Y 8PD Tel. +44 (0) 20 7251 6466
P.O. Box 34429, Plot 44 Ministersâ€™ Village, Ntinda, Kampala Tel: +256 414 286 305
41 Union Square West, Suite 1027 New York, NY 10003, USA Tel. +1 212 206 0847
12 PO Box 418, Ougadougou 12, Burkina Faso Tel. +226 503 68960
ZAMBIA 87 Provident Street, Fairview, Lusaka tel +260 211 236 595
A short breakdown of all projects being implemented by Self Help Africa in 2019.