Union des Associations Villageoises de Gestion des Réserves de Faune de la Pendjari (AVIGREF, Union of Village Associations for the Management of Pendjari Wildlife Reserve)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Union des Associations Villageoises de Gestion des Réserves de Faune de la Pendjari (AVIGREF, Union of Village Associations for the Management of Pendjari Wildlife Reserve)

Equator Prize for Sustainable Land Management in Sub-Saharan Africa

In the buffer zone of the Pendjari Biosphere Reserve in northwest Benin, Union des Associations Villageoises de Gestion des Réserves de Faune de la Pendjari (AVIGREF, Union of Village Associations for the Management of Pendjari Wildlife Reserve) is moving the cotton industry towards organic and fair trade practices. Chemical pesticides and fertilizers were having deleterious effects on ecosystems and human health so the union is promoting organic certification as a pathway to sustainable development. While organic cotton fields produce smaller yields, the cotton can be sold at a higher price and farmers do not have to absorb the costs associated with chemical fertilizers. By investing in organic cotton, the association is creating a sustainable market supply chain for more than 450 producer groups. Crop rotation has improved food security and complements the cotton cash crop economy.

 

Key Facts 

Equator Prize Winner: 2014

Founded: 2001

Location: Northwestern Benin

Beneficiaries: 28 villages, 36,000 people

Area of Focus: Biodiversity, Pendjari Biosphere Reserve,
W-Arly-Pendjari complex

 

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 Equator Prize 2014

Latin America And The Caribbean

 Ecoagriculture and Food Security

 Drylands Management

 


 

Contact Information

BP : 32 Tanguiéta
Tanguiéta
Département Atacora
Benin

 

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