Fruit trees are an important resource for farming families from the Nordeste region,one of the driest regions of the world, but they are currently under-exploited. Nevertheless, a large proportion of the fruit harvest is lost due to the lack of an organized industry and processing infrastructure.
Yet there are real commercial opportunities for fruit-based processed products like jam, jelly, and preserves.
AVSF's project aims at adding value to fruit processing activities and strengthening commercialization channels. They therefore support:
Thus, this program will contribute to improve the living conditions of a hundred farming families.
The Air Liquide Foundation is supporting the purchase of four mobile motor pumps to gather the collected water in the small ponds of the families’ cultivations, and then store it in about fifty tanks of 60 m³. In 2014, around 3 000 m³ of water have been stored.
Equipments for two processing units of fruit pulp and cashew nuts were purchased too.
The association Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières received in 2016 the Air Liquide Foundation Award for Social Innovation, rewarding this project as well as an access to biogas project in Senegal. Discover the interview of Frédéric Apollin, Executive Director of AVSF.