The United States Ambassador to Mauritania, Michael Dodman, began a two-day visit to the Assaba region in the southeast of the country on December 13, 2019, where he visited the activities of the Agropastoralism Actors Support Project for Resilience Building in Assaba, led by World Vision Mauritania and funded by the European Union.
The objective of the project is to support agropastoralists and resilience in Assaba and to "improve governance of access to natural resources and their sustainable use in Assaba".
Working in synergy with other actors/partners for a concerted and self-sustained development, the consortium through its experience supports in the locality of Oued Rodha (located about 10 km north of Kiffa), a program of :
Field-school: for the rainfed cultivation of sorghum and cowpea association to develop agricultural advice, experience sharing between farmers and exchange visits.
Field school: for market gardening on the main speculations cultivated in the Wadi
Support/advice: through the permanent presence of a support/advice mechanism of a local development agent.
In synergy with PRODEFI (IFAD-funded programme): consortium for support/advice and PRODEFI for the facilitation of post-harvest and marketing operations
Since 2016, World Vision Mauritania has been piloting the project's consortium/Assaba, composed of 4 partners (World Vision, Tenmiya, Ecodev and GRET) and has put in place local governance tools, with the aim of helping to reduce agro-pastoral vulnerability and improve the resilience of all local actors and populations.
The dynamism and motivation of the region's agricultural actors have led to the mastery of biological pest control techniques (excluding chemical control) with an essentially ORGANIC production: tomatoes, eggplants, carrots for market gardening, cowpea sorghum for rainfed cultivation.
We can recall that World Vision Mauritania has been present since 1983 in Mauritania and since 1985 in the Assaba region. Last year, more than one million children were impacted at the national level through nutrition, health and education programs. Last year, in Assaba, World Vision built three water towers in Aghorat, giving access to drinking water to 1,850 households.
In 2018, more than 350 children from 16 children's clubs in the Assaba region participatein our campaign against child marriage.