Five new projects and ten projects’ extensions validated in March 2019
The Louis Dreyfus Foundation granted funding for five new programs and extended its support to ten existing projects at its recent March Board meeting.
SNV (a Dutch development organization) will receive funding to provide training on sustainable palm production to 1,000 smallholder farmers in South Sumatra. Another project to be supported in Indonesia is the vocational school in West Lampung where 90 students will attend the newly designed training on coffee farming. Both projects will leverage the experience of the Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) and its network of employees in Indonesia.
Inter Aide, the longtime partner of the Foundation, will receive funding for extension of the existing initiative in Ethiopia on strengthening farmer’s resilience and adaptive capacity to climate change. Funding will be also allocated to the Inter Aide’s water access program ensuring access to safe and clean water for 3,600 new users in Southern Ethiopia.
Another new micro-farming project will be conducted in partnership with the World Food Programme in Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). The program will address 2,000 women smallholder farmers who could benefit from trainings, technical assistance on crop production and market linkages.
In addition to the existing Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarship program at Oxford university, the Foundation will also launch a new scholarship program in two African universities. Run in partnership with LDC, the program will support gifted students pursuing Master programs in agricultural sciences. LDC mentorship program will be provided to each of six students to foster their academic performance and facilitate professional integration.
Following the Board approval, the Foundation will also support the extension of ten existing projects in micro-farming and education, including its initiatives in Brazil, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia and Uganda.