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Transforming Lives

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FEPAF-BG expects to produce more than 50 000 tons in the near future

The Federation of Fruit Planters of Lower Guinea is composed of 1,052 fruit producers, including 209 women. While pineapple is their main crop, they also produce banana, mango and citrus fruit as well as oil palm and cashew. The federation — whose members are located in the prefectures of Kindia, Forécariah, Coyah, Dubréka, Boffa and Boke — has many resources to aid production: a suitable climate and soils, fertile land, and agronomic research centers located in the region to support further development of the fruit sector.

Djenabou Camara working on her farm in Tougnifily, Boffa.

Djenabou Camara is a 30-year-old mother of five children and a member of the Nèma Gardeners Association in the prefecture of Boffa in Guinea. She earns most of her money from growing vegetables on a hectare of land allocated to her by the association. She decided to go into petty trade to help support the family.

Bountou Sylla with her daughter

The joy of being healed and returning to regular life beamed on the face of Bountou Sylla, a 21-year-old trader from Souguéta, a village 60 kilometers north of Kindia in the lower Guinea region. Sylla had suffered extremely painful complications during her second pregnancy.

In Boffa, USAID’s ILADP helps rehabilitate the dike protection system to increase rice production.

Tabantougny is a seaside community in Guinea’s prefecture of Boffa, with a main activity of rice cultivation in mangrove areas. Since 2013, the community has been faced with a chronic food shortage due to seawater destroying the farmland. Irrigation and flood protection infrastructure is old and often dilapidated, causing sea water to enter the farmlands and destroy the crops.

Building capacities to make agriculture attractive to the youth.

In Guinea, most young graduates are looking for their first job. Agriculture is a sector with high job potential that can attract and retain young people if policies promote access to credit at reasonable rates, guaranteed contracts, and training both in production and marketing of agricultural products.