Peace Corps: West Africa Food Security Program

Goal:

Support synergistic food-security related programming opportunities at the grassroots level.

Life of Project:

10/2011-9/2014

Total USAID Funding:

2,970,000 USD

Geographic Focus:

Ghana, Senegal, Liberia, Benin, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Togo, Guinea, Burkina Faso, and Cameroon.

Program Description:

Working together, USAID/West Africa and the Peace Corps leverage investments in training and capacity building in multiple West African countries to extend benefits across the region. Cross-border technical exchanges and regional trainings lead to the dissemination of best practices. This exchange results in increased food security activities in the communities where Peace Corps Volunteers work in West Africa, with a special focus on women. 

This program also builds community capacity at the grass-roots level to strategically respond to food security vulnerabilities such as food shortages and price increases. USAID/West Africa is providing resources for ten countries over a four year period. The three key objectives of the program are the following:

• Increase availability of healthy foods, especially for women and children.
• Increase accessibility of healthy foods by decreasing poverty and increasing incomes.
• Improve utilization of available food to improve nutritional status of women and children.

Key Accomplishments to Date: (from 1,110 volunteers total)

• FY 2012: 4 countries, 50 food security projects: 110,500 USD
• FY 2013 to date (Aug. 2013): 5 countries, 62 projects: 149,000 USD
• 3,608 people trained in child health and nutrition
• 2,289 people trained in maternal health and nutrition
• 2,121 people received agricultural sector productivity or food security training
• 1,456 farmers applied new technologies or management practices
• 1,035 members of producers organizations and community based organizations received capacity-building assistance
• Database with 1,100 technical food security resources

Last updated: April 04, 2014

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