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Zakouma National Park


icona ambienteelefantiEmpowerment of the populations in the districts of the Peripheral Area of the Zakouma National Park, within the framework of food security and management of natural resources



Region of Salamat, District of Aboudeia.





From July 16, 2012 to July 15, 2014



The project involves the areas surrounding the Zakouma national park, a territory of more than two million hectares in south-west Chad , which is also a nature reserve.
The aim is to guide the populations towards the adoption of good government practices and the safeguard of natural resources according to the Local Development Strategy defined by the local authorities.
To fight food insecurity of the nomadic and sedentary populations who live in the areas adjacent to the park, the project will promote the structuring of some production supply chains managed by women valorising certain indigenous plants such as neem and Moringa Oleifera.



  • To contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of the populations of the District of Aboudeia.
  • To contribute to limit environmental deterioration in the territory of intervention.
  • Strengthen capacity and means of subsistence of the populations of the villages in the territories adjacent to the park within the framework of food security and management of natural resources.



  • Structuring and strengthening of existing peasant organizations on agro-forestry techniques and on management and conservation of water and soil resources.
  • Sensitization on agricultural techniques that are respectful of the environment and on the production and use of biological insecticides and fertilizers.
  • Creation of an experimental field for demonstrating to the beneficiaries the introduction of some technological innovations in agriculture.
  • Training of breeders on the respect of hygiene-sanitary and commercial norms.
  • Sensitization campaigns in the conservation of natural resources and on the safeguard of the Zakouma National Park.
  • Creation and management of community forests.
  • Support and training of groups of women for the creation of income generating activities (date oil, neem oil, rubber, tamarind, Moringa Oleifera leaf flour, honey, etc).
  • Strengthening of district associations for the implementation of local development plans.



Direct beneficiaries

  • 24,161 inhabitants of the five districts of the Zakouma National Park Peripheral areas.
  • The transhumant shepherds of the area, estimated around 10,000 people.
  • 86 peasant Organizations for a total of 1,290 people.
  • 21 local development Committees.
  • Agriculture and Breeding district services.
  • Aboudeia Forestry Inspection.

Indirect beneficiaries:
The communities of the district of Aboudeia for an estimated total of 65,772 people.




The project aims to achieve financial autonomy of women's groups, of the farmers and breeders organizations, through the income generating activities which will be launched. The supplementary resources generated from these micro-projects together with the small annual subscription fees paid by the group's members contribute to the payment of maintenance and operating costs of the infrastructures.

The promotion of the women's venture initiative will act as an incentive for the other women of the village to form groups of economic interest. The increase in production deriving from these income generating activities will require the involvement of more people for the transformation and marketing of the products. This, on the medium term will lead to a reduction of the unemployment rate in the area.

At institutional and political level, the empowerment of the federation of associations, of the district union of groups of producers and local authorities will enable to structure the internal governance and to develop an ownership of results of the intervention, which will translate into an improved management of the territory and its resources.

With regard to environmental sustainability, the corrective measures implemented with the project and aim to educate the beneficiaries to adopt practices which are respectful of the environment and which reduce the anthropic impact on the territory in a perspective of participatory management of natural resources .



Total value:

400.083,70 €

Principal funder:


ue   European commission


This project is funded by the EU under the National Programme of Support to Local Development and management of natural resources (PADL) FED/2009/021-320.