Development of Agriculture and Small-animal Herding (Project I); Agricultural Development and Services to Rural Communities (Project II)

Harvesting rice in the Oio region. Photo by UNDP Guinea-Bissau


These projects improved livelihoods by increasing adult literacy, agricultural and pastoral training and support, and affordable and clean energy. They contributed towards increased agricultural production in partner villages through training in agricultural techniques, introduction of improved yield seeds or new crop alternatives, and introduction of short-cycle animals for reproduction. 

Key results


  • Over 500 farmers trained in various aspects of agricultural services: agricultural planning, production, processing and commercialization of products, vegetable seeds, crop protection and production of organic fertilizer. Over 150 small-scale farmers trained in health and animal production and construction of animal shelters.
  • Over 400 hectares of mangrove and Bas-Fonds rice fields rehabilitated, over 6,000 animals and poultry vaccinated and treated. 
  • 966 adults, mostly female, learned to read and write to a functional level and learned simple mathematics; 24 teachers trained to conduct literacy courses.
  • 3,000 individuals in 5 villages provided with access to solar energy; 5 technicians trained in India in solar-system installation and maintenance to provide qualified services to partner villages and raise awareness of the use of renewable natural resources. Partner villages organized themselves to receive training and to manage solar energy equipment.

Key features


Small-scale farmers


Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, UNDP Guinea-Bissau


$1,328,750 (Project I: $498,750; Project II: $830,000)


Project I: March 2005–September 2007; Project II: August 2009–September 2011

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