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Program for the preservation and economic valorization of oasian agro-biodiversity in the m’zab valley in algeria

Program for the preservation and economic valorization of oasian agro-biodiversity in the m’zab valley in algeria

Overall objective

Improve the resilience of the oasian agrosystem in the M’Zab Valley by safeguarding and economically valorizing local agro-biodiversity.

Specific intervention area

The project takes place in the Wilaya (province) of Ghardaia, located in the M’Zab valley in Algeria. The valley faces various pressures: economic, through the establishment of agricultural policies without a long-term vision; social, due to the lack of economic opportunities offered to women and youth; and environmental, by directly experiencing the impacts of climate change. One of the local challenges is to regain agricultural sovereignty with a concern for food quality and environmental considerations, by utilizing adapted and improved local varieties and know-hows for preservation and multiplication.

Project objectives
  • Improve knowledge about local agrobiodiversity to ensure better technical valorization, and spread the consolidated knowledge on local agricultural varieties to industry actors and the general public.
  • Strengthen the sovereignty of local producers in terms of seed and plant supply.
  • Support the creation and development of initiatives led by women and youth, valorizing local agrobiodiversity.
Key figures
1000

actors from the professional agricultural world have access to the guide of varieties specific to the M'Zab valley.

120

farmers improve their skills in managing plants and seeds of local varieties.

10

farmers improve their skills in managing plants and seeds of local varieties.

10

local aromatic and medicinal plant varieties are scientifically characterized.

Main activities carried out
  • Conduct various studies (inventory of local agrobiodiversity, local seed management practices, etc.)
  • Equip and energize a local experimental center, with the establishment of experiments and organization of experience-sharing activities.
  • Strengthen the capacities of local producers (training, farm visits, experience exchanges).
  • Facilitate discussions around the emergence of a collective management body for local agrobiodiversity.
  • Create materials and activities to raise awareness among the general public.
  • Support the establishment of micro-enterprises for processing and valorizing dates and aromatic and medicinal plants managed by young women and men.
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Acronym​

PAOMA

Country and/or area of intervention

Algérie, Vallée du M’Zab

Project date

Novembre 2022 – Octobre 2025

Coordinator

Budget

1 000 000 €

Partners

Financial backers