In Senegal, Enabel buys in tonnes of onions from producers in partner municipalities for distribution to disadvantaged households | Enabel - Belgian Development Agency

In Senegal, Enabel buys in tonnes of onions from producers in partner municipalities for distribution to disadvantaged households

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To support Senegal in its economic and social resilience programme in the face of the Coronavirus epidemic, Enabel has reoriented its interventions in the country through a joint EU and Belgium financed multi-sector support programme to the tune of one million two hundred thousand euros. 

This comprehensive programme focuses on three axes:

  • support to the health response and the donation of medical equipment; 
  • support to the business ecosystem and to innovation to manage the crisis; 
  • support to producer resilience and food security. 

It is within this third axis that the Project for the Reduction of Rural Emigration from the Arachidier Basin (PARERBA project), which is financed by the European Union, has adapted its activities to respond to immediate needs and strengthen the post-crisis recovery capacity of households and agri-food operators. 
‘To strengthen resilience and improve food security, Enabel buys in 620 tonnes of onions from producers in 18 partner municipalities for redistribution to vulnerable households’
This action aims to strengthen the resilience of agricultural producers in 18 partner municipalities and to improve food security through:

  • The buy-in of 620 tonnes of onions to allow producers, who are affected by traffic restrictions in particular, to dispose of their harvest. 
  • The redistribution of the crop to vulnerable households with the support of the administrative authorities.

In the long term, the PARERBA project, through this resilience plan will strengthen the information and awareness of agri-food workers about Covid-19, support the commercialisation of off-season crops and strengthen the capacity of producers to withstand the crisis by setting up a digital distance coaching system.

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