Agricoltura e sicurezza alimentare

Le donne mettono il riso in un campo bagnato.
Nelle zone rurali l'agricoltura è spesso ancora la sola fonte di attività. © CGIAR

La fame e la denutrizione mettono in pericolo non solo la salute degli individui, ma essenzialmente anche lo sviluppo di interi Paesi. La DSC s’impegna affinché tutti abbiano un’alimentazione adeguata, sufficiente e di buona qualità. In quest’ottica attribuisce importanza all’intera catena della creazione di valore dei generi alimentari, che inizia dai campi nei quali si producono gli alimenti, prosegue con lo stoccaggio, la lavorazione, i mercati, il commercio, i trasporti e finisce sulle tavole dei consumatori.

La DSC si impegna a livello mondiale per il diritto degli esseri umani a un’alimentazione adeguata. Pianifica le sue attività con l’obiettivo di dare alle fasce della popolazione più povere e svantaggiate come i piccoli agricoltori, le donne e i giovani un accesso equo al sapere, alle risorse produttive e ai mercati. In questo contesto la DSC sostiene queste fasce della popolazione nell’uso produttivo e parsimonioso delle risorse naturali, nella gestione degli effetti del cambiamento climatico, nello stoccaggio e nella commercializzazione dei loro prodotti e nel costante adattamento a condizioni ambientali sempre diverse. In tutto questo, essa presta particolare attenzione alla conservazione della biodiversità altamente minacciata. Al contempo lavora anche per creare sistemi di consulenza e ricerca orientati alle esigenze.

La DSC promuove inoltre innovazioni lungo le catene di creazione di valore dei generi alimentari, che consentono ai consumatori e alle consumatrici un’alimentazione sana e variata nonché l’accesso ad alimenti adeguati, sia nelle aree rurali che in quelle urbane.

Un’agricoltura sostenibile che assicura un’alimentazione sana e preservi la biodiversità è la base per garantire a tutti il diritto a un’alimentazione adeguata. Alla luce di questo obiettivo, la Svizzera s’impegna nel settore della sicurezza alimentare nell’ambito della cooperazione internazionale. In quest’ottica l’agricoltura svizzera, con la sua produzione alimentare multifunzionale orientata all’equilibrio sociale e regionale, basata sulle famiglie e rispettosa dell’ambiente, funge da modello.

Accesso all'alimentazione

Affermare il diritto a un’alimentazione adeguata per le fasce di popolazione più povere e svantaggiate con sistemi alimentari equi («dal campo al piatto»).

Produzione, consulenza e commercializzazione

Sostenere i piccoli agricoltori e agricoltrici e le loro organizzazioni nella produzione sostenibile, nello stoccaggio e nella commercializzazione delle loro derrate.

Diritti fondiari

Accesso equo alla terra e alle risorse naturali per rafforzare l’autonomia delle comunità rurali.

Biodiversità

Conservare la varietà delle piante utili e migliorare i sistemi delle sementi puntando sulle conoscenze della popolazione locale e garantendo la conservazione delle specie tradizionali.

Combattere la desertificazione e l’erosione del suolo

Proteggere e conservare la fertilità dei suoli.

Aiuto alimentare

Garantire alle persone colpite da situazioni di conflitto, crisi e catastrofi la fornitura di generi alimentari di base nonché di altri prodotti e servizi.

Documenti

Progetti attuali

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Global Measurement of Diet Quality

01.01.2025 - 31.12.2025

Diets are the number one risk factor in the global burden of disease and multiple forms of malnutrition co-exist with overweight and obesity being the fastest growing form, particularly among poor populations in developing countries. Routinely collected information on Diet Quality is necessary to better understand dietary trends, help to create awareness, and inform policies to improve diets and health outcomes. Therefore, SDC supports an international initiative to develop diet quality measurements.


Horn of Africa: One Health Units for Humans, Environment, Animals and Livelihoods

01.09.2024 - 30.06.2032

The project aims at improving the well-being of targeted pastoral communities challenged with inadequate access to basic health/veterinary services and environmental conditions in Somalia, Ethiopia and Northern Kenya through integrated health service delivery for both pastoralists and their livestock. The project will contribute to stability and vulnerability’s reduction of citizens in the region, thereby reducing their displacement/migration which is in the interest of Switzerland and the international community.


Solar Irrigation for Agriculture Resilience (SoLAR)

01.07.2024 - 31.07.2027

To adapt to climate change farmers rely increasingly on irrigation, ultimately depleting groundwater resources and raising energy demand. The project aims to address these challenges by promoting solar irrigation, water efficient agriculture and groundwater governance. The project will harness Swiss expertise on hydrogeology and technical innovations to contribute to climate resilient agriculture and facilitate knowledge sharing in South Asia and at the global level.


Programme d’appui à la commercialisation du bétail en Afrique de l’Ouest

01.01.2024 - 31.12.2028

Dans la région ouest africaine, le secteur de l’élevage est une grande opportunité d’intégration économique et de création de richesses pour les populations et les pays. En complément au soutien au secteur dans les pays prioritaires, ce programme vise le renforcement de la chaine de valeur régionale des produits animaux au profit des éleveurs. L’accent est mis sur le renforcement du secteur privé et l’amélioration des politiques et pratiques régionales d’échanges en  produits animaux.


Global Governance on Food Security

01.01.2024 - 31.12.2027

Switzerland will strengthen its commitment for an inclusive and effective global architecture for food security and nutrition. Therefore, the SDC/GPFS will maintain the focus of its attention on  the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), which is the most inclusive policy platform for food security-related issues. The second focus will be on the coordination role of the UN system at interagency and policy levels. The participation of farmers’ organisations in country-based public investment programmes will also be facilitated, in line with the above-mentioned interventions.


Sustainable water management for food security and nutrition in agriculture and food systems

01.07.2023 - 31.03.2027

Agriculture accounts globally for 70% freshwater use. Inefficient water use, water pollution, climate change and increasing global water demand puts agriculture under pressure, as well for smallholders. SDC can build on successful experiences in this domain and will support projects in Africa in ecologically sustainable water management in smallholder agriculture and food systems, improve smallholders’ economic and social situation and increase the resilience of their livelihoods.


Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) Africa

01.03.2023 - 31.07.2026

Today, only 12 plant species and five animal species provide more than 75 percent of all human food. Quality seed and maintaining the agrobiodiversity are key concerns for food security and nutrition. Aiming at enhancing access of smallholders to quality seed of their choice, the Integrated Seed Sector Development in Africa programme combines public and private efforts. With its contribution and policy work, SDC supports healthy food systems, as well in fragile contexts.


Albania: Sustainable Rural Development

01.02.2023 - 31.12.2026

Large potential for additional value creation exists in the agriculture sector and related activities in Albania. The project will develop innovative, economically viable and inclusive business models for market actors to leverage investment and ultimately increase income and employment for the population in rural areas, especially for women, young people and returnees.


Sustainable Natural Resources Management (NRM) for Enhanced Pastoralist Food Security in the Borana Zone, Ethiopia.

01.01.2023 - 31.12.2027

Natural resources, particularly water and pasture, are among the key determinants of pastoralist livelihoods’ sustainability. The proposed Project contributes to the outcomes of the SDC’s Food Security Domain as stipulated in the Swiss Cooperation Strategy Horn of Africa. It aims at improving pastoralist food security and adaptive capacities in the lowlands of Borana Zone, Southern Ethiopia, through enhancing the sustainable management of natural resources.


Financement des fonds agricoles nationaux du Bénin (FinAgri)

01.12.2022 - 30.11.2030

Au Bénin, il n’existe pas de dispositif national pour le financement du secteur agricole (agriculteurs, éleveurs, artisans et entreprises agricoles). Par la présente initiative, la DDC veut soutenir l’Etat béninois et le secteur privé dans la mise en place des dispositifs communs et pérennes de financement du secteur. Le but est de renforcer la productivité, la compétitivité des productions agricoles et la résilience des systèmes de productions aux effets des variations climatiques.


WFP, Hurrican Ian Response, Cuba

01.12.2022 - 31.05.2024

Hurricane Ian has caused significant losses in the agricultural and fishing sector limiting the availability and access to food and affecting the livelihoods of the population in the provinces Pinar del Río, Artemisa, Mayabeque and Isla de la Juventud. With its contribution to the World Food Programme through the United Nations Plan of Action, SDC helps providing food assistance and restore food production and livelihoods to meet the needs of 798’000 severely affected people in those provinces.


Sri Lanka WFP Building resilience against recurrent natural shocks through the diversification of livelihoods

01.11.2022 - 30.06.2023

In 2022 Sri Lanka faced a severe economic crisis affecting all, but especially rural communities and small holder farmers. Switzerland has a migration partnership with Sri Lanka, and has therefore a special interest to support the population. With this proposal, Switzerland contributes to a multi-year resilience and early recovery programme of the World Food Programme, and fills a critical short term funding gap between two phases. The support enables farmers to diversify their livelihoods.

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