CARI is working hard on the ground to support rural and agricultural populations looking for solutions. CARI's specialist field is agroecology in arid regions. This development approach targets the economy and the autonomy of populations especially in the rural and agricultural field, by reconciling the economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainable development.

Decentralized cooperation

Decentralised co-operation is the term indicating international co-operation projects between local communities of the North and the South. Within this framework, CARI intervenes alongside local French communities to implement their international solidarity project. This work, implemented by CARI, is particularly carried out in partnership with pS-eau on drinking water projects and sanitation, in particular within the framework of the implementation of the Oudin Santini law, making it possible for the communities to transfer up to 1% of their income on water and sanitation with actions of international solidarity. For this reason, CARI plays a part of support council for the communities by accompanying them in writing project documents, searching for technical partners, and researching finance or the valorisation of their actions.

With French local communities being increasingly involved in the combat against desertification, this action of accompaniment starts to develop with the level of CARI's own actions, in particular through the GTD, to support the communities in their actions in arid regions.

Technical support for development of agricultural projects

CARI intervenes in arid regions based on requests and works in partnership with the local stakeholders according to a principle of subsidiary the targeting of local partners and the sustainability of their actions.

CARI works on two axes:

  • To improve the agricultural productions by increasing the value of local natural resources and traditional know-how. The principle is thus to popularise adapted agroecologic techniques and to diffuse by accompanying farmers in a transition through sustainable practices
  • To create added value for the producers through a branched approach and collective organisation of production and sales management and the appropriation of transformation tools.

After working on identification and diagnosis, CARI ensures the assembly of the project, works with expression of the partners, accompaniment of the recipients and implementation. It also brings technical advice particularly mainly to farmers having experience in the concerned field (management of ground fertility, market gardening, safeguarding of seeds, saving water, creation of co-operatives, conditioning, transformation, and marketing). Empowerment is one of CARI’s major goals. Organize and accompany the people so that they can be a proposal force into their community and in front of powerful entities (international companies, government etc.) about land, market and law. 

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