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EU offers financial support to promote climate-smart agricultural practices

Date: June 30, 2017
Domain:Agriculture and Food Security; Environment
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen
 

GIS - 30 June 2017: The Call for Proposals for potential beneficiaries to support projects under the European Union Global Climate Change Alliance Flagship Initiative, (GCCA+) was launched yesterday in Port-Louis at a joint press conference by the Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Mr Mahen Seeruttun, and the Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to Mauritius, Mrs Marjaana Sall. 
Under the GCCA+ initiative, a sum of three million euros (Rs 115 M) has been allocated to Mauritius for the period 2017- 2022 in the form of grants to support Government’s actions to increase the resilience of small farmers to the effects of climate change.
 
In his address, Minister Seeruttun recalled that the agricultural sector in Mauritius is highly exposed to climate change that adversely affects farming activities and food production, resulting in risks of crop failure and food insecurity. On that score, he underscored the urgent need for adaptation and mitigation interventions to address the impacts of climate change. Financial and technical assistance of the EU will definitely back the adoption of climate smart agricultural practices, Mr Seeruttun added.
 
Government agenda is focused on the goal of achieving food security. In this regard, the implementation of this project as well as various measures and schemes devised in the Budget 2017/2018 are geared towards sustaining the agriculture sector, increasing crop production and supporting small farmers.
 
The Minister urged small farmers to take advantage of the grants to improve their farming practices and quality of production.  
 
For her part Ambassador Sall pointed out that the implementation of the Paris Agreement is the driver of an irreversible process of sustainable growth for global economies, adding that the EU stands ready to cooperate with all parties to this end.
 
The GCCA+ project
 
The grants to be awarded will range from EUR 300 000 to EUR 1 000 000 covering between 50% to 80% of the total cost of the projects. Beneficiaries can be sole planters or a group of planters, parastatal bodies in Mauritius and Rodrigues and non-state actors, namely NGOs and others.
 
The Guidelines for Applicants of the Call for Proposals will available online on the website of the EU Delegation as from Monday 3 July 2017 and the deadline for submission of proposals is 6 October 2017. The Call for Proposals pertains to projects promoting, amongst others: watershed management; soil and water conservation; innovative irrigation techniques; development of sustainable and mixed farming practices to reduce use of agrochemicals; sheltered farming; and mangroves preservation.
 
The expected results of the actions to be implemented under the project include improvement in water availability, increased crop cycle and production, high quality products, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and increased revenue of small planters.
 
Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: gis@govmu.org  Website:http://gis.govmu.org
 
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