[permaculture] DR CONGO: Sowing the Seeds of Food Security in Bandundu - IPS ipsnews.net - Sent using Google Toolbar

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DR CONGO: Sowing the Seeds of Food Security in Bandundu - IPS
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Sowing the Seeds of Food Security in Bandundu
By Badylon Kawanda Bakiman

Drying cassava: improved seed varieties and agricultural extension are
boosting farmers' yields in DRC.

Credit: Ken Wiegand/Wikicommons

KIKWIT, DR Congo, May 9, 2011 (IPS) - Subsistence farmers in the
Democratic Republic of Congo's southwestern Bandundu Province are
seeing their harvests double, thanks to an ambitious programme of
support by the government.

The Agriculture Sector Support and Rehabilitation Programme, known by
its French acronym PARSAR, is providing smallholders with access to
improved seed and advice on agricultural techniques as well as
upgrading roads to ease their access to markets. The results have been
strongly positive.


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