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Birds, Bees & Business

The project Birds, Bees & Business combines the restoration of biodiversity and business activities in the shea value chain. In Burkina Faso, ICCO and Vogelbescherming (Bird Life Netherlands) join forces in this innovative approach.

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SMARTseeds, a Geodata for Agriculture and Water Project

Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) improves food security in developing countries by using satellite data and making this information available to farmers via SMS and mobile applications. G4AW is implemented by several public private partnerships (PPPs).  ICCO leads or takes parts in several of these PPPs throughout Asia among them SMARTseeds. Geodata for Agriculture and Water is a program funded by the Netherlands Space Office.

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STARS

Strengthening African Rural Smallholders, in short STARS, is a project in partnership with Mastercard Foundation and ICCO Terrafina.

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Manq’a Cooking Schools for Youth

Manq’a brings together producers, food processors and consumers to train 3,000 disadvantaged young people as chefs, using only local, organic ingredients. ICCO Cooperation and ‘Melting Pot Bolivia’ started the project in 2013 in Bolivia. Since then, Manq’a has grown fast. Nowadays it counts 15 schools in Bolivia and 2 in Colombia.

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Youth Employment in Mali

Young people in Mali face employment challenges. Fewer jobs are created in the economy than are needed to keep pace with the growing population. All of this leads to high levels of unemployment. Yet, there is a mismatch between skills acquired through education and the needs of the markets. There is a demand for skilled people in key labour intensive economic sectors. The project ‘Youth employment create opportunities at home in Mali’ aims to train 8,620 young people, including 2,586 women and 1,293 returnees and create 6,472 jobs.

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The Salt Solution

ICCO trains 5,000 farmers in the coastal areas of Bangladesh to start growing salt tolerant crops. These are natural varieties of crops that do grow on saline soil. Thanks to a contribution from the Dutch Postcode Lottery, farmers can now make their salt-affected land productive again. This will improve their food security as well as their income.

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