We have chosen to support the SEED Foundation's endowment fund in their fight against hunger and poverty in rural Africa as part of our firm's Pro Bono programme.
Why support an endowment fund? The diversity of the cases we deal with and the themes that are covered on a daily basis are the essence of our business, consequently there could be no question of helping a single organisation and supporting just one cause. Moreover, the redistribution of capitalization proceeds to various non-governmental organisations, which is one of the operating principles of funding, fitted the bill in terms of appeal.
Over the past year the SEED Foundation has, through its funding, been encouraging the development of agriculture that will be the key to the long-term reduction of malnutrition and, in a broader context, act as a catalyst for growth in the Sahel belt of Africa.
Coblence & Associés has, for its part, always felt particularly involved in the development of access to employment. The support that we are bringing to the SEED Foundation today enables us to continue in this approach through projects that set up long term agricultural and agri-business activities in the African continent. As part of this partnership, Coblence & Associés will also be ensuring that actions promoting the work of women are carried out, a subject that all the members of the firm hold particularly dear.
On the strength of our complementary expertise and shared ideals, we are committed to working with the SEED Foundation in order to bring new ideas to face African issues.
Focus on projects already underway:
By the end of 2010, the SEED Foundation had already begun two new projects in Mali in order to strengthen farming activities, improve food security and increase the revenue of farming populations and small-scale producers.
In the village of Dieye, situated in the extremely arid Dogon region, the SEED Foundation is helping the population to develop market gardening activities not only in order to fight against desertification, but also to encourage families to be self-sufficient and halt the rural-urban migration of young people. These gardens have been established using the drip irrigation technique that has been set up in the village to enable these gardens to be developed and the population to be introduced to new and valuable farming practices.
At Selingue in southern Mali, where cotton farming is experiencing a sharp decline, the SEED Foundation is helping farmers create a new dynamic by developing soya crops; thus enabling them to diversify their source of income, promote their produce and improve food security. The approach particularly focuses on training farmers by introducing them to this new type of agriculture.
For further information about the SEED Foundation and its projects, do not hesitate to visit the foundation's website at www.seed-foundation.org, you will certainly be inspired to follow us in this new adventure!