Project Profile: USAID|Yaajeende Agriculture and Nutrition Development Program for Food Security in Senegal

Sector: Food Security and Agriculture
Country: Senegal
Partners: Sheladia Associates, Counterpart International, Heifer Project International

Project Overview

Despite relatively sufficient supplies of food, Senegal suffers from chronic food insecurity and like many neighboring sub-Saharan and Sahelian countries, is classified as “serious” on IFPRI’s Global Hunger Index. Senegal is a country with rich agricultural opportunity and yet imports nearly 70% of its food. Current production cannot keep pace with increasing demand from a growing population and rising food prices are limiting families’ ability to provide a diverse and healthy diet.

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Schools are a critical platform for the promotion of nutritional activities, providing access to vulnerable populations while providing a venue to develop better nutritional habits in young people. School gardens provide students with hands-on opportunities to learn agricultural techniques, the importance of a balanced and varied diet, and the value of community based development, integrating key components of USAID|Yaajeende into one educational program. In addition to 29 identified community garden sites, the program has identified 50 schools where it will train Parent Teacher Associations and teachers on how to create, manage and maintain school gardens. These gardens will include a wide variety of nutritious fruits and vegetables, including nutrient and calorie dense crops such as the orange sweet potato, Moringa, carrots and green beans, and enhance food security for future generations in Senegal.

To combat food insecurity in Senegal, CLUSA has embarked on a five-year, $40 million USAID-funded program to accelerate the participation of the very poor in rural economic growth and to catalyze sustainable development with Senegal’s agriculture sector and improve the key dimensions of food security – access, availability, utilization and stability. As one of the original programs of the Feed the Future Initiative, USAID|Yaajeende is predicated on the United Nation’s Rome Principles for Sustainable Global Food Security, and employs an innovative, country-led and integrated approach to tackle the underlying issues which hold back the very poor from becoming integral and active members of the rural, agricultural marketplace.

Web USAID Yaajeende Profile Main Image ScaledWeb USAID Yaajeende Profile Main Image ScaledUSAID|YAAJEENDE attacks the endemic food security problem through an integrated approach that works with rural producers through nutrition-led agriculture, whereby improved agricultural and wild food products are promoted within the rural value chain that would diminish identified nutritional deficiencies when consumed, thereby also with:

Entrepreneurs who buy, resell, store, transport and transforms agricultural products.

Microfinance Institutions and Banks who provide loans and services for the producers and the entrepreneurs.

Suppliers that provide: fertilizers, improved seeds, and agricultural equipment.

Cooperatives and Civil Society Members that are involved in decision making and local policy-making on topics related to food security and nutrition.

Consumers improve their knowledge of better food practices, increasing the need for nutritional products.

CLUSA will improve the food security and nutrition of 1,000,000 individuals across 60 rural communities in four regions of Senegal. The team will establish a network of 1,000 Community Based Service Providers (CBSPs) to provide input supplies, agricultural services and nutritional products to rural people on a commission basis. Total sales of inputs and services provided through the CBSP network plus the total commodity sales of produced outputs will equal $30 million by Year 5. Household incomes will be improved by 250%. Stunting will be reduced by 25% in USAID|Yaajeende target zones and the number of underweight children will be reduced by 35%.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Country Profile: Mozambique

“Empowering Small Scale Farmers”

NCBA CLUSA is committed to the successful development of producer organizations in Mozambique and believes that empowering local farmers ultimately leads to stronger, more food secure communities. In Mozambique, NCBA CLUSA has an impressive track record of high-outcome continuous operations since it began working in country after the civil war, in 1995. To date, NCBA CLUSA’s on-going agriculture/food security and market development activities has benefited over 100,000 small producers in 5 different provinces in Mozambique.

Project: OXFAM Novib| Development of a Producer Owned Trading Company in Niassa, Mozambique Sector: Food Security and Agriculture

NCBA CLUSA, in partnership with Oxfam Netherlands, implemented this three year, $1.7 million dollar project and provided investment, technical assistance, volunteer services, and training to establish and strengthen ALIMI—a sustainable and successful farmer-controlled trading company.

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ALIMI represents members from local associations from six districts in the Niassa province of Mozambique, and represents approximately 13,000 farmers, organized into 50 zonal unions and 417 associations. As an agricultural cooperative, ALIMI provides improved extension services to small scale farmers, including increasing access to inputs and credit and creating marketing and processing opportunities for local farmers. ALIMI’s current membership of 424 farmers markets sesame, pigeon peas, soybeans, mung beans, maize, tobacco, cotton and ground nuts.

NCBA CLUSA successfully engaged civil society and the Government of Mozambique to improve cooperative laws. Through NCBA CLUSA’s efforts, a comprehensive new Cooperative Law was passed in 2009 and ALIMI Limited Responsibility Cooperative (Coop. RL) became the first officially registered cooperative.

ALIMI is an established and self-sufficient local entity that adheres to good business practices – increasing farmer income through higher farm gate prices and greater productivity levels. The organization enables farmers to retain ownership and local control over the marketing of their produce and provides access to higher value regional, Asian, and European markets. The company’s Board of Directors and management team have benefited from NCBA CLUSA’s technical assistance in building the organization’s capacity to drive the up the profitability of the cooperative. The successful emergence of ALIMI as a new trading entity in southern Niassa is a critical element that links and empowers small farmer organizations.

 

 

Obama Tours Food Security Projects in Senegal Highlighting NCBA CLUSA’s Work in Feed the Future Initiative

June 28, 2013

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Obama Tours Food Security Projects in Senegal Highlighting NCBA CLUSA’s Work in Feed the Future Initiative

(WASHINGTION, DC) – On Friday, June 28, President Barack Obama, along with the head of USAID, Rajiv Shah, toured a food security expo in Senegal highlighting projects from the Administration’s flagship Feed the Future initiative. NCBA CLUSA is the lead implementer in the USAID-funded Yaajeende project and was one of six booths that directly reported results to President Obama.

“I had a wonderful opportunity to visit this expo and meet some remarkable men and women who are helping us meet an urgent challenge that affects nearly 900 million people around the world… chronic hunger and the need for long-term food security,” said President Obama during a press conference following his tour.

Speaking with Obama, NCBA CLUSA’s Senior Technical Advisor, Pape Sene explained the various uses and nutritional power of the fruit from the Baobab tree that is being used in the project to boost nutrition and help with the absorption of other vitamins and minerals.

“I was a great opportunity to share the success of this program with President Obama. He was intently listening, and focused and understood the importance of the linkage between health and nutrition,” said Pape Sene. “President Obama was very impressed with the work that NCBA CLUSA is doing here in Senegal.”

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NCBA CLUSA launched the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded “Yaajeende” (meaning “abundance”) food security project in November 2010. Since then the project has demonstrated a 22% increase in children aged 6-23 months consuming a Minimal Acceptable Diet, the World Health Organization’s measure of what is needed to ensure appropriate growth and development.

“That’s a fat and happy kid!” stated Obama when shown a picture of one of the children who benefitted from improved nutrition.

During the tour, Obama also meet Oumou Gadio (pictured on the right), a participant in the NCBA CLUSA Community-based Solution Provider (CBSP) innovation. CBSP’s are private entrepreneurs who are based in the target communities and who create linkages between the private sector and the producer organizations. Women account for 25% of the CBSP’s in Senegal and are critical in scaling up agriculture and nutrition activities and bringing products to the field.

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“Here in Senegal and across Africa, most people are employed in agriculture. And we know compared to most other sectors, growth in agriculture is far more effective in reducing poverty, including among women,” continued Obama.

Women are a major component of the USAID|Yaajeende project, managing and farming more than 330 community gardens. Mother-to-Mother group training, community meals, and education on sanitation and hygiene are other important ways NCBA CLUSA is integrating ways the program is achieving improved nutritional outcomes.

USAID|Yaajeende is a five-year, $40 million initiative of USAID Senegal under the Feed the Future program implemented by NCBA CLUSA in partnership with Heifer International, Counterpart International, Sheladia Associates, Inc., the Senegalese Institute for Agricultural Research (ISRA), Senegal’s National Malnutrition Prevention Unit (CLM), and hundreds of local governments, NGOs, and communities in 3 districts of Senegal.

The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is the apex association for cooperative businesses in the United States and an international development organization. NCBA CLUSA provides cross-sector education, support, and advocacy that helps co-ops thrive. For nearly 100 years NCBA CLUSA has sought to advance and protect cooperative enterprises, highlighting the impact that cooperatives in bettering the lives of individuals and families. In the last 60 years, NCBA CLUSA has grown its international development portfolio to over $34 million of active programs in 15 countries.

 

Obama’s African Tour to Highlight Food Security Initiatives

June 27, 2013

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Obama’s African Tour to Highlight Regional Food Security Initiatives
NCBA CLUSA’s Nutrition-Led Agriculture Successful in Combating Malnutrition

(WASHINGTION, DC) – Arriving Wednesday, June 26, President Barack Obama’s first stop on his African tour is to Senegal, where his visit highlights the importance of his Administration’s focus on its flagship Feed the Future initiative. NCBA CLUSA is the lead implementer of the first Feed the Future project and shares the Administration’s concern for the Sahel region of Africa where the United Nations reports more than 10 million people are food insecure, of which 2.5 million suffer from moderate to severe malnutrition.

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“Food security has been one of our (Obama Administration’s) key development priorities, in which we’ve brought together the international community as well as the private sector behind approaches that strengthen African capacity in developing agricultural sectors that better feed the populations,” said Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor, during a White House briefing on Obama’s African schedule.

According to Obama’s schedule, on Friday June 28 he will have the opportunity to see the results that are being generated by this critical implementation. “President (Obama) will join an event that brings together private sector leaders and people from the agricultural sector in Senegal and across West Africa, and he will hear about the efforts that are being made to enhance food security…” stated Rhodes.

NCBA CLUSA launched the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded “Yaajeende” (meaning “abundance”) food security project in November 2010. Since then the project has demonstrated a 22% increase in children aged 6-23 months consuming a Minimal Acceptable Diet, the World Health Organization’s measure of what is needed to ensure appropriate growth and development. This is a major milestone, not only for Feed the Future, but also for NCBA CLUSA’s Nutrition-led Agriculture’s (NLA) innovative, integrated approach that determines what crops to produce and where to produce them based on the nutritional deficiencies of that region, as well as on market and income-generation potential.

“We are directly meeting nutritional needs by combining nutrition education with improved agricultural production, increased incomes, and a focus on women as main drivers of their families’ food access and consumption,” explains Papa Sene, NCBA CLUSA’s Senegalese Senior Technical Advisor.

A USAID case study has shown that USAID|Yaajeende has also achieved a 51% increase in iodized salt use, and an average of 21 kg of vegetables consumed by beneficiaries of community and home-garden interventions. In addition, over 160,000 participants have been reached with nutrition behavior changing activities and agricultural training.

Women are a major component of the USAID|Yaajeende project, managing and farming 330 community gardens, a major feature of the NLA approach. This, along with Bio-Reclamation of Degraded Lands (BDL), helps women gain land tenure to otherwise unused land that can be cultivated back to life for food production through special farming techniques. Mother-to-Mother group training, community meals, and education on sanitation and hygiene are other important ways NCBA CLUSA is integrating ways the program is achieving improved nutritional outcomes.

Increased production and economic growth have been the hallmarks of most agricultural projects. However, solely using those measurements is not always enough to reverse malnutrition, particularly among children under 5.

“By cultivating wild foods and improved crops, including bio-fortified varieties with higher nutritional value, and by teaching women producers the importance of micronutrients, such as iodine, Vitamin A, and zinc, to their health, we are changing how the poor are producing, accessing, and consuming food,” says NCBA CLUSA’s Chief Operating Officer, Amy Coughenour Betancourt.

One of the project’s most important innovations is the development of what NCBA CLUSA has coined “Community Based Solution Providers” (CBSP)—independent agents who market and distribute agricultural and nutritional supplies and services to smallholder farmers, farmer cooperatives, and communities who are typically hard to reach and have trouble accessing suppliers and markets. To date, these agents for agriculture and nutrition have delivered services and products worth over $700,000, which is serious income in Senegal’s rural economy.

“NCBA CLUSA is dedicated to tangible, sustainable solutions to food security around the world, and engaging our membership with opportunities to help through our Farmer-to-Farmer program,” said Mike Beall, President of NCBA CLUSA. “President Obama’s visit to Senegal highlights the importance of the progress being made, in a country that has tremendous potential. NCBA CLUSA is proud to play an active role in improving the quality of the lives of the people of Senegal.”

USAID|Yaajeende is a five-year, $40 million initiative of USAID Senegal under the Feed the Future program implemented by NCBA CLUSA in partnership with Heifer International, Counterpart International, Sheladia Associates, Inc., the Senegalese Institute for Agricultural Research (ISRA), Senegal’s National Malnutrition Prevention Unit (CLM), and hundreds of local governments, NGOs, and communities in 3 districts of Senegal.

NCBA CLUSA is a signatory to a $1 billion Food Security pledge by 33 NGO members of Interaction dedicating private resources to food security around the world. Visit www.NCBA.coop for more information.

The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is the apex association for cooperative businesses in the United States and an international development organization working in areas such as food security, climate-smart agriculture, and cooperative development. NCBA CLUSA provides cross-sector education, support, and advocacy that helps co-ops thrive. For nearly 100 years NCBA CLUSA has sought to advance and protect cooperative enterprises, highlighting the impact that cooperatives in bettering the lives of individuals and families. In the last 60 years, NCBA CLUSA has the improved economic and social well-being of millions of farmers and their families in over 100 countries.

East Timor: President of Timor-Lesté and US Ambassador Dedicate NCBA CLUSA Supported Training Center

 

June 10, 2013

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East Timor: President of Timor-Lesté and US Ambassador Dedicate NCBA CLUSA Supported Training Center

(DILI, TIMOR-LESTE) – Recognizing nearly 20 years of collaboration between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA), U.S. Ambassador Judith Fergin, along with Timor-Leste President Taur Matan Ruak, dedicated a newly built research and training center in the mountains just outside Timor-Leste’s capital city of Dili.

Web CCT Training Center OpeningWeb CCT Training Center Opening“Today we are inaugurating a facility that enable Timor-Leste's farmers to increase their productivity, raise their incomes, and benefit their families. May I express my sincere congratulations to all the organizations and people who are making the dream come true,” stated Ambassador Fergin.

This training center will accelerate the continued improvement of Timor-Leste’s coffee crops and provide instruction in cooperative learning to better educate the farmers in cooperative practices and methodologies. The 17 hectares on which the training center is built was donated by the Diocese of Dili.

The collaboration of USAID and NCBA CLUSA in 1994 brought about the first project to aid coffee farmers in the mountains of Timor-Leste, providing much needed assistance to coffee farmers to increase their incomes and provide a better quality of life for their families. Out of this project, the Cooperative Café Timor (CCT), one of the largest single employer of coffee farmers in the country, with more than 21,000 members.

“Agriculture has always been a major source of national wealth and employment for both Americans and Timorese. In both countries, the introduction of new technologies has allowed farmers to become more and more productive,” said Ambassador Fergin during the dedication. “In both countries, the productivity of our agricultural sectors has a direct impact on our citizens' health, nutrition, and incomes.“

The success of the CCT has spread as it diversified into other crops and livestock. In all of its endeavors, CCT focuses on supporting farmers to increase the quality and volume of their output and guaranteeing a market for their product.

"This wonderful center is a testament to NCBA CLUSA's long-term commitment to the farmers and people of Timor-Leste, and marks a new level of building capacity of the country's agricultural sector to grow and thrive," said Mike Beall, president of NCBA CLUSA.

Additional attendees included Reverend Bishop of Dili Alberto Ricardo da Silva, the New Zealand Ambassador to Timor-Leste Tony Fautua, USAID Director Rick Scott, Chairman of the CCT Board Amaral dos Reis, and NCBA CLUSA Regional Director Sam Filiaci.

The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is the apex association for cooperative businesses in the United States and an international development organization. NCBA CLUSA provides cross-sector education, support, and advocacy that helps co-ops thrive. For nearly 100 years NCBA CLUSA has sought to advance and protect cooperative enterprises, highlighting the impact that cooperatives in bettering the lives of individuals and families. In the last 60 years, NCBA CLUSA has grown its international development portfolio to over $34 million of active programs in 14 countries.

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