Guinea has vast mineral wealth and some of the greatest agriculture potential in the region, supported by substantial water and forest resources—seven major rivers in West Africa have their source in Guinea and 15% of Guinea is under forest cover. At Independence, Guinea was a food exporter. Today, it imports approximately 300,000 MT (estimated at a third of consumption) of rice, the major staple crop, each year. At the same time, Guinea’s agricultural sector provides a subsistence livelihood for nearly 80% of the population. USAID is currently in the assessment phase for a Feed the Future program. Findings from the assessment will inform the development of a strategy for food security and nutrition investments.
RURAL MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT (RMDP)
USAID`s (RMDP) in Guinea supports and strengthens established microenterprises. The RMDP is designed to expand the economic activities of more than 1,000 members from targeted rural microenterprises and their families. The Project identifies opportunities to add value and to improve the marketing capacities of seven (7) rural micro-enterprises, while improving the managerial systems of the existing five village banks in the Mamou prefecture.
AGRICULTURE EDUCATION AND MARKET IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (AEMIP)
USAID/Guinea’s (AEMIP) strengthens the capacity of agriculture education in Guinea to respond to the growing needs of farms and agriculture enterprises in the face of shifting markets and climate change. Through this program the Institut Supérieur Agronomique Valéry Giscard d’Estaing de Faranah (ISAVF) in Guinea will be recognized as a leader in the region for training in climate-smart agriculture and for disseminating agricultural adaptive technology. AEMIP and F2F leverage the skills and expertise of more than 40 short- and long-term volunteers from the U.S. to engage in technical assistance and training.
SUSTAINABLE AND THRIVING ENVIRONMENT FOR WEST AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT (STEWARD)
The STEWARD project is a trans-boundary activity, working in both Guinea and Sierra Leone. It works on increasing biodiversity in forest systems, addressing the adverse effects of global climate change, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, enhancing the sequestration of carbon associated with land use and management and improving the livelihoods of communities in critical trans-boundary landscapes by building on continued partnership with USAID and U.S. Forest Service in West Africa.
FEED THE FUTURE
USAID is in the process of developing Feed the Future programs in both Guinea and Sierra Leone. These programs will integrate aspects of improving rural and agriculture based livelihoods as well as improving nutrition. Private sector partners are invited to leverage technical expertise, innovations, networks and financial resources leading to the advancement of Guinea`s agricultural sector and sustain the environment.
Last updated: November 05, 2015