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2020

MASAP - Markets and Seeds Access Project ( Seeds of drought tolerant small grains and legumes)

Afrique Australe

Direction du Développement de la Coopération (Suisse)

Titre : MASAP - Markets and Seeds Access Project ( Seeds of drought tolerant small grains and legumes)

Pays/Région : Southern Africa,

Durée : 01.08.2020 // 30.11.2025

Résumé
This initiative promotes the utilization of quality seeds of drought tolerant small grains and legumes through support to farmers’ organisations and enterprises, private sector engagement and evidence-based advocacy. 94’000 smallholders will benefit from increased market participation, higher incomes, and consumption of nutritious diets. It is implemented by NIRAS with the Community Technology Development Organisation and the Swiss-based Research Institute of Organic Agriculture.

Projet en bref
* Contexte : Women and children tend to be disproportionately impacted by food insecurity and malnutrition, which are related to an overreliance on the maize staple, combined with increasingly frequent drought episodes. Access to diverse climate adapted seed varieties is a major constraint. Commercial markets fail to provide adequate seeds of small grains and legumes resulting in farmers lacking access to them. These crops are important for women and their families’ nutritional needs, income and climatic environment. There are weaknesses and distortions in the seed sector, including poor governance, non-inclusive policies, biased investments favouring limited crops and lack of systematic coordination and collaboration among seed system actors. With its long-term investments that have enhanced the availability of affordable diversified crop varieties in Southern Africa, Switzerland has become a prominent and trusted partner in the seeds sector, and it thus well positioned to support this initiative.
* Objectifs  : Strengthened seed value chains and increased utilisation of improved and diverse seed varieties of small grains and legumes contribute to resilient livelihoods of smallholders in Zimbabwe and Zambia.
* Groupes cibles  : The primary target group are 94’000 smallholder farmers (470’000 beneficiaries) of which 60% are women and youth. The secondary group are farmers’ associations, local seed companies, Agriculture Ministry departments (seed services, crop breeding institutions and extension) civil society organisations and policy makers.

Budget de la Suisse  : CHF 9’850’000

Présentation : Coopération Suisse

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