Climate smart agriculture for small holders in Mauritius

At a glance

Duration
2016-03-06 to 2020-03-06
Status
Active programmes
Region
Africa
Country
Mauritius
Partners
Republic of Mauritius
Total budget
6,00 M€
Sector(s)
GCCA priority area(s)

Addressing challenges of climate change as faced by small planters throught the adoption of climate smart agriculture

Countries

The Republic of Mauritius is a middle-income island state that is prone to natural hazards and disasters; with climate change, the agriculture sector has become particularly at risk with more extreme climate variability and weather events affecting production and productivity.

The GCCA+ Flagship Initiative would support the Republic of Mauritius to address mainly adaptation but also significantly mitigation to climate change in the country. Stakeholders’ consultations and field missions carried out in Mauritius and Rodrigues resulted in the formulation of a specific climate change adaptation intervention targeting vulnerable small holders in the agriculture sector.

The objectives will be achieved through two results: Firstly, the Ministry of Agro Industry and Food Security (MAIFS) and Rodrigues’ Regional Assembly-Commission for Agriculture's capacity will be enhanced to provide climate smart agricultural advice and services to small holders as well as to assess best climate smart practices and projects. Secondly, supporting small holders adopt climate smart agricultural and/or disaster risk reduction measures at local / watershed level.  

GCCA's action programme
Geographical scope
Country groups
Initial GCCA/GCCA+ contribution
3,000,000.00 €

Overall objective
 
The overall objective of the project is “to increase the resilience to climate change of small holders in the Republic of Mauritius” thus contributing to sustainable livelihoods. The specific objective is to “increase the capacity of vulnerable non-sugar small holders as well as other key stakeholders towards developing and sustaining climate smart agriculture in the Republic of Mauritius”.
 
Specific objective: Increase local authorities’ access to climate finance to implement climate change adaptation activities in target countries.
 
The programme will achieve these objectives by providing performance-based climate-resilient grants (PBCRGs) and accompanying technical and capacity building support to local authorities in selected LDCs. Within selected countries, it will target primarily rural local authorities of the lowest or second-lowest tier in the government structure, as well as small towns of under 600 000 people.



Objectifs spécifiques

Increase local authorities’ access to climate finance to implement climate change adaptation activities in target countries.

The programme will achieve these objectives by providing performance-based climate-resilient grants (PBCRGs) and accompanying technical and capacity building support to local authorities in selected LDCs. Within selected countries, it will target primarily rural local authorities of the lowest or second-lowest tier in the government structure, as well as small towns of under 600 000 people.




Produits

The following results are expected:

  • Result 1: Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security (MAIFS) and Rodrigues Regional Assembly’s Commission for Agriculture's capacity are enhanced to provide climate smart agricultural advice and services to small holders as well as to assess best climate smart practices and projects;
  • Result 2: Small holders adopt climate smart agricultural and/or disaster risk reduction practices at local / watershed level

 




Activités

A Call for Proposals was launched towards public sector operators (government parastatal bodies), civil society organisations and Local Authorities to implement direct actions towards vulnerable small holders on climate smart agriculture and/or disaster risk reduction measures at local or watershed level.



Achievements to date
  • 4 grant contracts were awarded to four different classes of stakeholders over the period 2018 to 2022 - research institution, private sector organisation, parastatal body and local authority as follows:

    i) University of Mauritius (301 695€) – project will basically use a research approach to transform Belle Mare (coastal area with high production of onion, tomato and other cash crops on sandy soil) into a Climate-Smart Agriculture village for climate resilience, food security, and poverty alleviation of its farmers.  Innovative techniques of irrigation will be adopted to address water shortage.

    ii) Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture (393 410€) – This project is also research based as it will investigate into the use of new techniques of farming (e.g sheltered farming) in the transition towards agroecological climate-resilient food cropping systems in Mauritius;

    iii) Irrigation Authority (568 870€) - Improving Resilience of Small Holders to the effect of climate change through the adoption of new irrigation techniques in the driest part of the northern region of Mauritius; and

     iv)  Commission for Agriculture & Commission Social Security of the Rodrigues Regional Assembly (1 000 000€) - Adaptation of smallholder farmers to climate change in Rodrigues: “Setting up of an Integrated organic chilli farm at Montagne du Sable and a lime and honey farm at Anse Ali”.  This project will be done on a pilot initiative with possibility of replicating in other region.

     

  • An amount of EUR 350 000 is available at the Ministry of Finance & Economic Development (under Programme Estimate) to provide the Ministry of Agro Industry & Food Security and the Rodrigues Regional Assembly with technical assistance on the adoption of the new concept of climate smart agriculture.  The fund is available from January 2018 till March 2022.  So far the fund has not been used. It will be a platform to urge Ministry to make use of this opportunity.

 

  • Communication and Visibility Plan. The EUD has elaborated a Communication and Visibility Plan for the GCCA+ Climate Smart Agriculture project.  The exercise was done in consultation with the relevant ministries.  This plan will guide our future actions to ensure maximum visibility to the programme in Mauritius.

 



Challenges and lessons learned

- Repeated flash floods, cyclones over the past two years and the current COVID pandemic are delaying implementation of field activities.