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The Livelihoods Camp gathers more than 100 actors of family farming in Africa

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LV Camp family photoLivelihoods teamed up with the NGO SOS SAHEL to organize a 3-day practical, hands-on seminar in Burkina Faso that gathered more than 100 diverse actors in agriculture from all across Africa (from more than 21 different countries!)- field experts, NGOs, companies, researchers, political and economic decision makers- to propose solutions to meet the challenges of tomorrow’s family farming in the arid zones of the Sahel.

The objective of the Livelihoods Camp, held from February 23-26 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, was to promote an exchange of ideas and initiatives and to build a dynamic network of public and private actors involved in agriculture and sustainable development in order to contribute to the fight against climate change, food insecurity, and poverty in Africa. Read More

Impact Investment: A new approach to development aid?

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A high-level round table on impact investment was held in Paris at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the launch ceremony of the new Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming (Livelihoods 3F) on February 4th. Danone and Mars, Inc. are the founding investors behind this new, innovative fund. Four distinguished guests expressed their views on the significant role that impact investment will have on development aid in the future: Sir Ronald Cohen, Chairman of the G8 Taskforce on Impact Investment; Lionel Zinsou-Derlin, President of PAI Partners and Chairman of the Franco-African Foundation for Growth; Tony Simons, Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya and Emmanuel Faber, CEO of Danone. Read More

Livelihoods launches its 2nd fund dedicated to family farming!

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Projet Naandi-Danone de plantations d'arbres au village de Cheruvupakala

New fund to invest 120 million euros in the next 10 years to implement projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, helping more than 200,000 smallholder farmers and 2 million people and boosting the sustainability of their crops.

Danone and Mars, Incorporated, two of the world’s leading food manufacturers, announced on Wednesday February 4th the creation of an innovative investment fund aimed at helping companies to learn how to sustainably source the materials they need from smallholder famers while at the same time delivering large-scale social and economic impact to those farmers and their communities. Read More


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Our mission is to support the efforts of agricultural
and rural communities to live in sustainable ecosystems.

Our Projects

Reforestation and Agroforestry

Reforestation restores damaged forests and renews degenerated soils that have lost their productivity. Agroforestry is an agricultural approach of planting crops under trees to create multi-layered functional forests that yield more diverse and sustainable land-use systems.

Mangrove restoration

Mangrove forests are powerful carbon sinks thanks to their twisted webs of roots above ground that absorb carbon dioxide. They help protect coasts from tidal surges and are a rich source of biodiversity. Yet they are among the world’s most threatened ecosystems.

Rural Energy

Access to basic energy needs remains a significant challenge for rural communities in developing countries. Over-reliance on wood and solid fuels for cooking and heating purposes leads to land degradation and contributes to climate change. 4 million premature deaths occur every year due to harmful smoke exposure from inefficient cooking methods.

"Over every mountain there is a path although it may not be seen from the valley."

− Theodore Roethke

"What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another."

− Mahatma Gandhi
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