The Sustainable Development Goals Partnership Facility (SDGP) has approved 2 final projects. They will take place in Madagascar and Iraq. With these projects, the SDGP portfolio is complete. Both contribute to SDGP’s main aim: to contribute to achieving food security and private sector development.
Future-proofing agroforestry systems surrounding natural parks in Madagascar
Together with local communities, this project will (re)develop agroforestry around the Ranomafana National Park. The park is near the city of Fianarantsoa. Future-proofing agroforestry means replanting trees and food crops. As a result, farmers will become more active in the value chain. This project shows how alternative agricultural development can stop deforestation. It also helps with sustainable and climate-resilient food production systems. Green corridors are a result of the project. They will protect and strengthen the unique biodiversity, as they connect the national parks. The project partners are:
- Association Fanamby;
- Direction Régionale de l’Environnement et du Développement Durable Haute Matsiatra (DREDD);
- Qimpexx Agri B.V.
Value chain development for potatoes in Iraq
The purpose of this project is to create stability in Iraqi Kurdistan. Strengthening the potato value chain of both processed and table potatoes will do so. Also, the project will improve the competitive position of Iraqi smallscale farmers. It will give them a better trade position compared to cheap importers. The project will improve people's standard of life by creating job opportunities locally. This is an important step in the economic recovery of the region. The project partners are:
- CAB International;
- Directorate of Agriculture;
- HZPC Holland BV;
- Kurdistan Holland Company;
- Stichting CABI Bioscience Nederland (CABI Nederland);
- University of Duhok.
Christina van der Heden, SDGP Programme Coordinator, is excited about the new projects. She announces, "The SDGP portfolio is now complete. Together with the projects from the first tender, we now have 34 projects in 23 countries. These exciting public-private partnerships will contribute to SDG2, SDG8 and SDG17. We will update you on their results and stories from the field."
For inspiration, read this SDGP showcase story: Tanzania welcomes better seeds and agricultural training.