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    DR Congo, Food Sovereignty

    Food sovereignty in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    Project Number: 197.1813

    The project promotes the holistic and sustainable development of agriculture and creates the conditions for sufficient and balanced nutrition. Strategically, it is closely aligned with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal 2. The central themes of the project include training in agroecological practices, the production of local seeds, awareness-raising on nutritional practices and agroecology, as well as income-generating measures such as small-scale livestock farming and the creation of fish ponds. Food production takes place exclusively on a small scale and is mainly carried out by small farming families.

    Background information

    The province of Kwango - where the agricultural project focuses - is one of the 26 provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and covers an area around twice the size of Switzerland. It is between one and two days' journey from the capital Kinshasa. The population here is largely self-sufficient. The basic infrastructure is not guaranteed by the state; the project region has neither paved roads nor electricity or water supplies. The province of Kwango is characterized by self-sufficient agriculture, from which over 90 percent of the population live. The main crops grown are manioc, peanuts and soy.

    The lack of seeds, suitable tools and fertilizers, the difficult access to land and the small size of the plots mean that agricultural production remains low in terms of quantity and diversity.

    Project goals

    Smallholders can improve their food situation thanks to sustainable agriculture. Through targeted training and education, they are informed about how to obtain the best seeds, which harvesting methods lead to high yields, which are the methods for sustainable agriculture, and finally how to promote income. The local population is also sensitized and informed about good nutritional practices through radio broadcasts and community visits.


    Target group

    The project's target group includes small farming families in the province of Kwango. One of the locations where activities are developed and supported is also near Kinshasa. The agricultural project focuses on strengthening female farmers, as they are responsible for ensuring food security in accordance with the gender-specific division of labor in Kwango and bear the main responsibility for food production.

    Activities

    Improving the food situation through agroecological agriculture:

    • Mushroom cultivation: Construction of two model production sites, training of farming families on mushroom production, production of mushrooms.
    • Chicken breeding: Construction of barns, training and breeding
    • Vegetable cultivation: improving production by teaching agroecological methods.
    • Production of honey: training and setting up hives
    • High quality seed production
    • Prevention of erosion through reforestation and roadworks

    Income-generating measures:

    • As income-generating measures, small animal and cattle breeding and the creation of fish ponds are promoted in various villages.

    Project progress

    After mushroom cultivation began in Kasongo Lunda in 2022, the project was successfully expanded in 2023. After just a short time, there was a large harvest. The mushrooms are distributed and sold to the local population in order to generate income for the project. There are also mushroom cultivation training courses in other communities in Kwango.

    The chicken coop for breeding was completed in 2022 and was put into operation in 2023. Over 100 poultry farmers have already been trained. In addition, 80 beekeepers were trained in 2023.

    Livestock farming in Kazembe has been successfully increased. The animals are sold to generate funds for the project.

    Radio emissions on balanced nutrition or, for example, on obtaining seeds, such as corn or amaranth, have been carried out at regular intervals since 2022 until today. The project manager reports on sustainable agriculture during the radio broadcasts, and listeners can contact him directly via telephone to ask questions.

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    DR Congo

    • around 99 million inhabitants
    • over 92.5% of the population in Kwango Province are affected by extreme poverty
    • over 90% of the population in Kwango province are engaged in agriculture

    Project budget 2024

    CHF 57'500

    mg 8652

    Vera Schaffer

    Program Manager DR Congo
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    Jacqueline Brunner

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