Improving Livelihoods in Mauritania

Training on soil fertility management in Mauritania has increased production © ACORD

In Mauritania  over 80,000 farmers and livestock keepers have increased food production by 37% and reduced cattle mortality by 24%. Women’s incomes have also risen by 40% by engaging in income-generating activities like soap making and butchering. Despite having the potential to be Mauritania’s breadbasket due to their richness in natural resources, the regions of Hodhs, l’Assaba, Gorgol and Guidmakha are the country’s poorest. “Populations in those regions are marginalised,” says Ahmed Barro, ACORD programme manager Mauritania.

With help from ACORD, farmers have been trained on soil fertility management, crop production, and provided with quality seed and farm inputs. Livestock keepers are accessing medicines and vaccinations and sensitisations campaigns are helping them gain better understanding of diseases affecting their animals. Home-based nutrition has also improved as women have started growing vegetables in their backyards and selling the surplus. To ensure year round food security, warehouses have been built in Hodhs and Guidmakha for bulking harvests and seeds for future seasons.

Originally Published on SPORE Magazine