This Wednesday, July 8th, 2020, in Ouagadougou, eight associations working in organic agriculture have received financial support under the project “Urban and Peri-Urban Organic Agriculture” of the PISCCA Fund (Project Civil Society Innovations and Coalitions of Actors). With a total cost of $450,000 (CFAF 262 million), this fund aims to strengthen the urban and peri-urban agro-ecology sector in Burkina Faso.
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The funds will help associations implement their projects
Launched on the site of the French Embassy in Burkina Faso in March 2020, the PISCCA Fund has received 71 applications from associations. Seventeen projects were pre-selected and submitted to an external selection committee. At the end of this process, eight associations were selected to benefit from the PISCCA 2020 Fund.
Thus, these laureates will be supported in their structuring and the deployment of their activities thanks to the funds received. These beneficiary structures are the Association in support of people vulnerable to food and nutritional insecurity (2APV), Béo-Nééré Agroecology, Ecogeneration, Manegbzanga, Songtaab-Yalgré, the Child for God Foundation and the National Union of Cooperative Societies of Cassava Processing in Burkina Faso.
“This support will enable us to achieve a double objective, because it will help improve the living conditions of the beneficiaries and also improve food security,” said the president of the Songtaab-Yalgré Association, Nicole Ouédraogo.
The development of the ecological agriculture contributes to the country’s economy
With this financial support, the beneficiary associations are expected to carry out important actions in ecological agriculture. The growth of cities in developing countries is putting a strain on urban food supply systems. Therefore, it is important to promote ecological agriculture that meets the needs of sustainable development.
“France advocates the One Health approach as a systemic and unified integrated approach to public, animal and environmental health at the local, national and global levels. Organic agriculture is an integral part of this vision, since it contributes to economic development while respecting the environment and the health of consumers,” explained the French Ambassador to Burkina Faso, Luc Hallade.
As a reminder, the PISCCA Fund is a tool made available to the embassies of countries where France’s official development assistance is concentrated. It enables the financing of micro-projects aimed at fighting poverty and strengthening local development actors. In Burkina Faso, this fund is the French embassy’s preferred instrument for promoting the strengthening, structuring and professionalization of civil society organizations.
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