We are delighted to announce that we have selected four projects in three countries – Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal – to receive grants under the latest round of ITF’s Africa Drylands Programme (ADP).
ADP provides funding to support small organisations that may have little experience in securing funding, for projects to support natural resource management and improve nutrition, food security and local livelihoods, in some of the poorest and most vulnerable countries in the world – the arid and semi-arid lands around the Sahara Desert.
The four successful projects all address underlying long-term issues of desertification, land degradation, declining crop yields, poverty and rural out-migration, and all build on simple and effective methods which have been developed over recent decades and which are beginning to contribute to a remarkable ‘re-greening’ of the Sahel.
A record 90 applications from community groups and small organisations across the region, mostly from French-speaking countries, were submitted in time for the September 1 deadline. Of these around 70 were broadly eligible. After scrutinising and evaluating each application ITF’s grants panel chose the following four projects to receive grants totalling £15,000:
- L’Association pour la Préservation du Capital Productif KÔRÔ GNE (APCP/KG): Support for tree cover restoration of village farmland in Kisio and Perkouan in Sanguié Province, Burkina Faso.
APCP was established in 2011 to help farmers improve their soils, promote reforestation, water conservation and food security, fight desertification and build partnerships. The project will work with 200 farms and plant or regenerate 15,000 indigenous and agroforestry trees.
- Sauvons le Reste (SAULER): Promotion of agroforestry in Namissiguima in the north of Burkina Faso.
SAULER works with disadvantaged households in Namissiguima commune, especially those who care for family members with mental health problems. The aim of the project is to enable ten of these families to establish good agroforestry farms with 4,500 Acacia, Baobab and Moringa trees which will provide them with a permanent source of food and income.
- L’Association Malienne pour l’Appui et la Promotion des Initiatives Locales (AMAPIL): Assisted natural regeneration and tree planting in Kodian in Nossombougou to the north of Bamako, Mali
AMAPIL has been working on agriculture, environment and climate change in 3 regions of Mali since 2005. The project will raise seedlings and train 150 farming households in Assisted Natural Regeneration methods, planting 5,000 indigenous trees and regenerating another 6,000.
- L’Association Villageoise pour l’Education et le Développement de Colibantan (AVED Colibantan): Training populations in the management of natural resources in Tambacoumba, Senegal
AVED Colibantan was created in 1997 by young people in this isolated village in eastern Senegal to address poverty, food insecurity, rural outmigration and natural resource degradation. They have been active in horticulture, beekeeping, reforestation, improved cooking systems, education, and sanitation. The project will plant 8,500 indigenous, fruit and agroforestry trees on 30 sites including market gardens, beekeeping sites and village woodlots.
ITF’s Programmes Manager, Paul Laird, says: “We are very proud to announce the successful applicants, all of whom have put forward exceptional project proposals.
“We have looked through the applications very thoroughly over the last two months and formally identified 12 projects that meet the high standards specified in the grant guidelines: projects that build on strong local understanding of the issues and demonstrate how agroforestry and forest restoration can contribute to better and more sustainable livelihoods.
“At present we have only limited funding, so we can support only a small number of proposals – but this whole process indicates the high level of need for these community based projects across the Drylands of Africa.