Challenge 1

Low access of small farmers to innovations and markets

The world has developed - and continues to develop - agricultural innovations that could increase the productivity and performance of small-scale farmers. However, very often these innovations fail to reach the people at the base of the pyramid and have an impact on those most in need.
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Challenge 2

Worrying decline in natural capital

Responses to food and nutrition insecurity are determined by our relationship with natural capital, which is declining alarmingly, with ever-increasing species extinction rates and ever-increasing pressures on biodiversity.
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Challenge 3

Weak integration of evidence into policy and practice

Interventions are failing to halt the progression of food insecurity and biodiversity loss. This is due, in part, to the quality of decision-making, particularly in Africa, where interventions are not sufficiently supported by evidence.
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A world where all communities live a decent life in a sustainable environment. Our VISION

Strengthen communities with sustainable solutions to poverty and hunger in a healthy environment.

Discover our strategic plan 2020 - 2024

Implementation of the strategy

Improving smallholder farmers’ access to innovation and markets

Five years from now, we’ll have :

  • Helped 50,000 farmers increase their productivity and incomes and improve the food and nutritional security of their families.
  • Improved access to agricultural markets for smallholders.

An example of our work :

With the support of the French Global Environment Facility, the French Committee for International Solidarity and the European Union, we have strengthened the capacity of more than 1,000 farmers to switch to ecological agriculture by producing and using water hyacinth compost. We have also developed activities that connect farmers with consumers of fruit and vegetables in Benin’s major cities, thereby increasing their incomes.

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Protecting nature and associated ecosystem services

Five years from now, we’ll have:

  • Strengthened the knowledge base on ecosystem services by improving the capacity of at least 200 researchers ;
  • Supported 10 processes to integrate ecosystem services into planning and decision-making for sustainable ecosystem management ;
  • Supported at least 20 local communities to develop actions that take advantage of local ecosystem services.

An example of our work:

With support from the Global Environment Facility, we worked with communities in Grand-Popo, southern Benin, to assess the local ecosystem services of mangroves to develop actions that both harness these services and protect this important ecosystem. Learn more

Putting evidence to work for society and nature

Five years from now, we’ll have:

    • Supported 1,000 policy makers, researchers, data specialists, assessment experts and intermediaries in the creation of an ecosystem where the use of evidence is institutionalized;
    • Established the first helpdesk on the use of evidence in food and nutrition security in Benin ;
    • Established ACED as the reference point for evidence in the field of food and nutrition security in Benin and the partner of choice linking producers of evidence to policy makers.

An example of our work :

With support from the Hewlett Foundation, we help local governments request, access and use evidence to make decisions about food and nutrition security. This initiative has created functional linkages between researchers and local governments.

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Building an effective and sustainable organization
  • Improving effectiveness and efficiency
  • Improving governance
  • Measuring impact and promoting learning
  • Ensuring durability.
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