The “Improving food and nutritional security in West Africa” programme (Asanao), funded by AFD (Agence française de développement), the European Union and the Government of the Principality of Monaco, was launched in 2018 for a three-year period in five countries: Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal.
This project is being implemented by GRET and the partners with which it has traditionally been working. Various structures are concerned: national and international civil society organisations, farmers’ and professional organisations, livestock farmers’ organisations, inter-branch organisations, agrifood businesses, research institutes, public institutions and decentralized technical services. GRET is co-funding actions currently being implemented in various countries.
The Asanao programme enables actions with sectoral goals to be strengthened – agriculture on the one hand and nutrition on the other – and makes greater development of gateways between agriculture and nutrition sustainable.
By drawing from these actions and thanks to transversal activities on strengthening of capacities, capitalisation and discussions, Asanao is becoming a lever to support GRET and its partners to rise to the challenge of better inclusion of the dimensions of agriculture and nutrition in their strategies, their reflections, their actions in the field and their contributions to public debate at various levels (in the target countries and at regional and international level).
The actions conducted by the Asanao programme are aimed at better coverage of populations food requirements, increasing their income, improving their agricultural and nutritional practices and strengthening the capacities of civil society to contribute to and influence public policies in the areas of agriculture and nutrition.