The agriculture/livestock diversification project with financial support from Taiwan
carried out activities to improve and increase the production of vegetables, legumes, fresh fruit and poultry for the domestic market. Its importance lies in testing, selecting, improving and then disseminating varieties to local farmers.
It should be noted that from an NPRS standpoint, the aim of this project is to guarantee the food security of our population and to combat hunger in the rural and urban populations through the consumption of plant and animal foods.
Under the Program of Participatory Support for Artisanal Agriculture (PAPAFPA)
actions were taken to provide functional literacy to youth and adults in rural areas, support in combating rodents, continued support for producers of organic cacao, vanilla and pepper processing. All the actions described are important for the NPRS because they increase the youth and adult literacy rate and they create favorable conditions for agricultural diversification, increasing the opportunities for raising the incomes of farmers through the activities practiced.
Other important activities carried out by the government that are worthy of mention are: support for marketing foodstuffs (agricultural fairs), and support for millet production. By holding agricultural fairs it was possible to increase the farmers’ incomes mainly in remote areas where there are few sales outlets since market access is limited given the lack of access roads and availability of transportation. It must be stressed that these activities are important to the development of agriculture and the supply of food to meet the needs of the general population in terms of food security.
In the area of vocational training, the Project to Train Youth in Horticulture at the
Technical Training Center for Agriculture and Livestock (CATAP) is noteworthy. This training, which has two facets—one in the area of increasing horticultural output and the other in the agrofood industry—is intended to train young farmers in techniques that would help increase output and use excess production for processing (production of tomato paste, pickled vegetables, and blood sausage). Two training cycles were developed training a total of 44 professional farmers (33 men and 11 women).
The FAO-STP-3003 (A) Project with technical and financial assistance from FAO aims to
improve the quality of fish after it is caught, in order to increase fishmongers’ income from sales. This project provided training for fishing communities in hygiene, conservation and marketing fish, acquiring means of conservation, ice boxes and cold storage rooms. The involvement of the NGO MARAPA in this activity should be noted; it participated in the process of organizing the sector and in training.