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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Agricultural production and market systems» in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is rich in natural resources. Yet there is considerable poverty in the society. Moreover, bad governance and strife have rendered the social and political situation highly unstable. The crime rate is high and violence against women is rife. Land conflicts lead repeatedly to violence and ethnic tensions. HEKS/EPER is playing a part in conflict prevention and resolution. Local partner organizations advise and support young ex-militia fighters or soldiers in embarking on a professional life, they provide psycho-social support and medical care for female victims of violence and assist farming families in securing their right to own land and in boosting agricultural output.

HEKS/EPER in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Facts

In 2017, some 19000 people living in a conflict-ridden environment were reached through peace initiatives or protective measures.

HEKS/EPER is active primarily in rural areas, where prosperity and quality of life for the poorest are closely bound up with properly functioning agriculture. This is often not the case, however, as depleted soil, poor transport routes or lacking know-how hamper profitable agricultural production. HEKS/EPER helps people engage in profitable and ecological agriculture. This calls for sustainable production techniques and a great diversity of products so as to be able to react to environmental risks and market changes. In order that produce can be marketed successfully, HEKS/EPER enhances smallholders' knowledge of the market and militates for market systems in which smallholders are able to survive. In so doing HEKS/EPER mediates between producing, processing and subcontracting enterprises.