VAMPEEM – Valorization of African Medicinal Plant for Mainstreaming Entrepreneurship and Environmental


Aperçu

  • Référence: P-Z1-C00-043
  • Date d’approbation: 16/11/2011
  • Date de début: 30/12/2011
  • Date d'évaluation: 01/07/2011
  • Statut: En coursOnGo
  • Agence d'implémentation: FOUNDATION BDA
  • Emplacement: Republic Democratic of Congo (DRC)

Description

The project is a joint effort between BDA Foundation, WWF-DRC and TSF-DRC. Each organization brings a complementary set of skills and experience to the project; the combined effort will help to reduce poverty and encourage further environmentally sustainable economic development for vulnerable rural community in the Congo Basin. The "ecopreneur" model will be used in the context of forest carbon projects for climate change mitigation and adaptation by creating sustainable economic development from medicinal plant value-added agricultural opportunities while promoting livelihoods compatible with sustainable forest management.

The BDA Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote scientific cooperation, training and business pilot-projects related specifically to African medicinal plants within the perspective of sustainable development. In its pilot-project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Plant-Action), BDA trains African ecopreneurs in the industrial and responsible cultivation of medicinal plants. In collaboration with ETS (Engineering school of Universit


Objectifs

The main infrastructure needed to go through the supply chain according to WHO quality control standards is a functional plant-processing centre, with equipped lab and trained staff. The processing operation shall itself become an operation generating revenues to contribute to finance additional training program and invest in the local communities surrounding the Luki Reserve. VAMPEEM program includes: Months 0-6: Set up Phase: Installation of lab and processing equipment, water adduction system, infrastructure to greed the ecopreneurs, internet, train the trainers, project team and staff. Months 6-12: Start training practical training of "cohort A" already trained during current pilot-project, selection of a new cohort of ecopreneurs (cohort B), sensitization of the workers from local communities to their role in the future ecobusinesses, promotion of sustainable environmental management Year 2: Start up of the one year theoretical training (cohort B) and continuing of the practical training: for the 26 candidates successfully graduated (2009). Training in the processing center facility, and preparation of individual/collective business plan Year 3 - 4 (first 6 months): Practical training of cohort B, business mentoring and sustainable practices (cohort A-B), sensitization, and pursing with additional cohorts, improving economic and environmental results.


Justificatif

The project is a joint effort between BDA Foundation, WWF-DRC and TSF-DRC. Each organization brings a complementary set of skills and experience to the project; the combined effort will help to reduce poverty and encourage further environmentally sustainable economic development for vulnerable rural community in the Congo Basin. The "ecopreneur" model will be used in the context of forest carbon projects for climate change mitigation and adaptation by creating sustainable economic development from medicinal plant value-added agricultural opportunities while promoting livelihoods compatible with sustainable forest management.

The BDA Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote scientific cooperation, training and business pilot-projects related specifically to African medicinal plants within the perspective of sustainable development. In its pilot-project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Plant-Action), BDA trains African ecopreneurs in the industrial and responsible cultivation of medicinal plants. In collaboration with ETS (Engineering school of Universit


Bénéfices

Socio-economic Innovation: This social innovation will create economic sustenance and give direction to rural communities and indigenous groups. In addition, the ecobusinesses aspect of the VAMPEEM project will enhance social, economic, and environmental adaptive capacities for the communities. This is an important contribution that has a positive impact on climate change. Scientific and technological Innovation: Innovation and advancement of knowledge is required with respect to the function of ecosystems in the Congo Basin. Valorization of medicinal plant represents a unique opportunity to implement benefit sharing, GACP guideline from WHO, in the context of preserving and regenerating the ecosystem. The transfer of technologies and skills will enhance research and development in DRC. Policy Innovation: REDD and AR can help to mitigate climate change and enhance adaptive capacity in tropical countries but there are still problems that need to be resolved in order for these programs to work effectively. Leakage and accurate and efficient monitoring are two examples of issues in need of solution. But also, there is a need to implement LOCAL RURAL POPULATION in the process while creating a sustainable and responsible livelihood. The VAMPEEM project will provide the test cases to innovate REDD and AR as required in the Congo Basin. Ecopreneurs will represent a new generation of value-added agricultural entrepreneurs, cultivating and harvesting innovative products, using modern standards while valorizing DRC biodiversity. To achieve that, it is imperative to promote the entrepreneurial spirit, which is the opposite of aid and charity. The inculcation among the different stakeholders, through the ecopreneurs, of this trade-not-aid approach will represent an important transformation encouraging the emergence of Africa as a real international trade actor.

The plant-processing centre will generate its own revenues through the services provided to the ecopreneurs and others to process their raw material. This will permit, at another level, to include stakeholders into business decision-making and to mindset them to respect deadline, objectives, and budget to reach specific yield results. The emergence of new market forces will inevitably engender innovation, research and ultimately product transformation.

The sustainable use of local biodiversity as an innovative socio-economic development tool will also transform the behavior of local stakeholders. Indeed, the different layers of the population will recognize the value of protecting and regenerating the forests and will discourage harmful practices. Ultimately, this will have a positive impact on carbon credit emission.

Slowing the rate of deforestation: The project promotes the various benefits of protecting and regenerating the forest. Through the ecopreneur model, the partners sensitize the population and local authorities to get involve in a new economic activity using sustainably its botanical heritage as a tool for development. Through the sensitization activities with WWF and other local partners involved in Luki, the local population will be encouraged to change its behavior towards the forest and understand the importance of protecting it. They will be keener to report any poaching activities or irresponsible practices to the authorities.

On the Luki Reserve, the trained ecopreneurs will cultivate on about 20 hectares during the project contributing to reforest parts of the protected Reserve. Wild harvesting will also be performed using specific sustainable regenerating techniques ensuring the revitalization of the forest. The ecopreneurs themselves will also cultivate and manage sustainably forested land, contributing to slow the rate of deforestation in the Congo Bassin. The number of hectares cultivated and reforested will grow as more ecopreneurs launch their ecobusinesses. Reducing Poverty amongst Forest CommunitiesThe goal of the project is to create socio-economic development through the sustainable management of the local biodiversity. This project proposes two components auto-generating revenues, therefore Reducing poverty amongst forest communities:

1 -The ecopreneurs around Luki will hire specialized workers and farmers (women and men) to undertake the different tasks related to provide GACP vegetal material locally and internationally. Besides creating jobs in different fields (cultivation, harvest, transport, marketing, sales, export, etc.), they will generate revenues to provide for their families and invest in social projects. Women will be targeted and involved at all level from the beginning. 2-The plant-processing centre will be managed as a business unit where profits can be reinvested in the training program at the end of project completion. A processing fee will be fixed for the services provided to the ecopreneurs or other people interested in using the processing services. The staff trained will be able to understand how to meet yields and what is needed to keep the plant-processing centre profitable. They will be trained to manage and operate transparently and efficiently, encouraging to use a good-governance model of business management.


Contacts clés

NGUINDA Pierre - CBFF


Coûts

Source Montant
Co-financierEUR 1.395.652
DeltaEUR 5
TotalEUR 1.395.657