In partnership with UGCPA, AFDR, APIL, AMULTIAGROS and CINDES
What do Mariam, Juan and Daniela all have in common? The lives of these three children from Burkina Faso, Bolivia and Peru have been improved thanks to the LÉGER FOUNDATION’s food security projects. The LÉGER FOUNDATION intends to help more farmers in underprivileged areas and their families get access to sufficient high-quality food.
In Burkina Faso, niebe is a protein-rich bean with high nutritional value that serves as a basic food staple. In Bolivia and Peru, where dairy consumption rates are among the lowest in the region, milk is essential for food security and nutrition. In these three countries, the LÉGER FOUNDATION will provide agricultural support to approximately 7,000 farmers and their families, for a total of 35,000 people.
The LÉGER FOUNDATION and its partners aim to encourage sustainable agricultural development that gets all stakeholders involved in adopting innovative and environmentally friendly practices that incorporate local cultures and priorities. The widespread use of adapted technologies and practices means that producers can make sustainable quality improvements to their products and increase profits so that they can reinvest in improving the living conditions of their families along with their communities in arid or semi-arid areas, where climate change represents a major challenge.
The LÉGER FOUNDATION will also implement an innovative strategy for access to renewable energy. In Bolivia, 150 windpumps and 170 manual pumps will use gravity to draw from the abundant groundwater to supply livestock and irrigate grazing land, which will avoid the use of fossil fuels. Bolivian producers, who already have a good handle on these technologies, will transfer their knowledge to their Peruvian partners, who need to build thirty windpumps and as many reservoirs to irrigate thirty hydroponic units that will produce high-quality animal feed.
In Burkina Faso, 245 biodigesters will produce gas so that families don’t need to cut as much firewood. The digestate recovered from the methanization process can then be used as fertilizer in the fields. The risks from chemical inputs will be reduced through training, the production of environmentally friendly inputs, and organic farming techniques. Input storage and distribution will be secured and controlled through the rehabilitation of five service centres in Bolivia and Peru and the construction of eleven agricultural storage facilities in Burkina Faso.
Given the conditions of poverty and food insecurity for children in underdeveloped countries, the LÉGER FOUNDATION makes sure that partners select beneficiaries in a transparent, fair and participatory way. It also ensures that the process upholds equality between men and women and focuses on providing support to the most vulnerable families. The parents of Mariam, Juan and Daniela can therefore improve their quality of life and provide their children with a healthy diet while helping the environment.
This article is from the September 2015 edition of the LÉGER FOUNDATION IN THE WORLD newsletter. To read the full version of the newsletter and discover all the documents published by the LÉGER FOUNDATION this year, visit the Publications section of our website .