CROPS4HD in Chad
Chad represents a least developed country, with an abundance of biodiverse agricultural products but as well a high incidence of malnutrition and poverty.
Chad represents a least developed country, with an abundance of biodiverse agricultural products but as well a high incidence of malnutrition and poverty. Chad offers the opportunity to complement the SDC program Opérationalisation de la filière semencières by opening access to affordable farmer seeds and linking Formal Seed Systems and Peasant Seed Systems. Further, it will build on and make use of the SDC mandate Soutien au développement des filières karité et arachide au Tchad. The program has developed local, national and international value chains and markets for Shea butter and Peanuts and promotes the integration of neglected and unterutilized species (NUS) into those local and national markets.
In Chad, the project production areas are located in the southern part of the country – i.e. Mayo-Kebby Quest, Mandoul and Logone Oriental – and in the more central canton of Guera.
AFSA will establish links to central African policy and farmers’ movements, and case studies from Chad will serve as examples to advocate for policy changes in this sub-region.
- Share of consumers having increased diversity in consumption/frequency of NUS in weakly diet at household level is increased by 15%.
- Barriers to access markets for NUS are lowered in four out of eight food systems and NUS volume in markets increased.
- Share of peasants with access to NUS seeds is increased by 20%.
- 10 crops (NUS crops, non‐NUS crops and NUS varieties) are newly cultivated at farm level.
- Volume of NUS leaving farm gate is increased by 10%.
- Incomes of 1’900 peasants are increased.
- Food security of 3’000 peasants is improved.
- Climate resilience of 3’000 peasants is improved.
- Effectiveness of sub‐national policies and legal frameworks in A+FS for small holder farmers is increased.
It is in Pala that the CROPS4HD team in Chad demonstrated our project as an initiative to show case the importance of peasant seeds in food security and biodiversity preservation. This was done through a two-day fair, on the 20 and 21 December 2022, with the theme “Seed systems, biodiversity and resilience of rural households…Full article