The livelihoods in the regions where VIDA works are highly dependent on the ecosystem, especially on agriculture and livestock. These rural regions are isolated from urban centers, without access to markets or information.
The family economics is based on subsistence farming which, generally, isn’t enought to meet the family’s food needs. The agriculture practiced by the communities is based on traditional techniques transmitted between generations, valuable for the sustainable management of the natural resources, but little effective for the food security of the families.
The challenges that come along with climate change, new pests and diseases, the absence of water for long periods and desertification are processes that, from year to year, influence the production and, therefore, require a joint work betweet the peasant and the rural extension services to ensure the survival of the families. The scarcity or lack of communication between the rural extension services and the peasants contributes to the underutilization of the existing knowledge. This contributes to the low productivity, which is also consequence of the lack of accessible and simple technologies, that are appropriate and adapted to the reality of each place.
Do you know that “Kópóti pa cudji nô futuro” means “Planting to harvest in our future” in a local dialect of Guinea Bissau named crioulo? See what has been done within this project with women from 6 villages in the region of Cacheu.