Our Mission

The mission of Livelihoods is to support the efforts of poor rural communities in developing countries to restore their natural ecosystems, which improves their food security, increases their economic revenues, and improves their livelihoods.

More than 150 actors of family farming at the Livelihoods Camp!

Check out the TV and radio report by Radio France International on the Livelihoods Camp held from Feb. 23-26th in Burkina Faso.

Livelihoods launches its newest project- clean cookstoves in Burkina Faso!

This project will reach 30,000 households living in the dry Sahel region

Livelihoods launches its 2nd fund dedicated to family farming!

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.

Livelihoods receives its first carbon credits!

Our projects will collectively sequester 8 million tons of CO2 in the next 20 years. In 2014, we received our first carbon credits from two of our projects in India and Senegal: 141,500 tons!

French Minister Annick Girardin visits our project in Senegal!

The French Minister of State for Development and Francophony, Annick Girardin, visited the Livelihoods mangrove restoration project in Casamance, Senegal- the largest exisiting mangrove restoration project in the world today!

Latest news from our blog

Relive the Livelihoods Camp 2015 with Radio France International!

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Relive the experience of the Livelihoods Camp 2015 that brought together more than 150 actors of family farming from 24 different countries (farmers, NGOs, cooperatives, research organizations, governments, economic and political decisionmakers) over 3 days to work on finding solutions to the challenges of today’s family agriculture.

Listen to the show “C’est pas du Vent” presented by Anne-Cécile Bras on Radio France International here (in French only):

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Discover our clean cookstove project in Burkina Faso with Radio France International!

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Livelihoods is investing in a new project: energy efficient cookstoves in Burkina Faso that will combat desertification. This project, which started at the end of 2014, will teach women how to make their own eco-friendly household cookstoves with banco, a mix of clay and straw. This very durable stove will allow the reduction of wood consumption by up to 60% in villages where wood is becoming a rarity.

Thanks to an extensive network of 2,000 women-leaders in these villages who will run training sessions on how to fabricate the stoves, this project will benefit more than 30,000 households in a region that is severely threatened by desertification. Read More

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

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Livelihoods 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

Step into our world

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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