The project "Support to development of agro forestry in DRC", financed by the Fund of Congo Basin Forest through the African Development Bank up to 6 millions of Euros to fight against climate change and land degradation has been launched in Kinshasa Monday, August 6, 2012, by Bavon N'Sa Mputu, DRC Minister of Environment, Nature conservation and Tourism.
The project has a duration of 3 years and has for major beneficiaries 700 households, about 3,500 people, particularly local communities based in plateau Bateke in Kinshasa and province of Bas-Congo.
The fight against climate change will be through the integration of agro forestry practices by allowing local people to settle in the practice of an agriculture at the same time sustainable and conservatiion, by planting trees.
According to the coordinator of this project, Martin Lukaya, the approach is to identify, train and implement at least 700 farmers agro-forestry in Kinshasa and Bas-Congo province. "We aim to create perimeters agro forestry with diversified tree species carrier-fertilising, tracked food niches and wood to energy for a total area of 3,500 ha", he told.
The goal is to sensitize people involved in the sustainable management of farmland and reforested by the integration of species of ground fertilizing in their fields. For the project coordinator, the final objective is to establish an agricultural cooperative to promote the commercial sector of agro-forestry.