Since its inception in 1986, REAP-Canada has become one of the world’s leading organizations for working with farmers groups to develop agro-ecological farming systems, conduct participatory on-farm research and plant breeding, and assess climate change mitigation and adaptation options. Internationally, REAP-Canada has over 13 years of experience working on community development with local partners in over 25 communities in China, the Philippines, Senegal and The Gambia. Click to find out more about REAP-Canada.
A Unique Approach
REAP-Canada utilizes the Agroecological Village (AEV) approach to development. The AEV was first developed through a CIDA-funded project in the Philippines by REAP-Canada and developing-country partners and has since been highly successful in achieving results at low cost in a variety of rural socio-cultural locations such as China, Senegal and The Gambia. It is a holistic, adaptable and participatory approach to sustainable rural development that simultaneously addresses social development, gender inequality, poverty, food insecurity and the environment. The AEV tackles these challenges through a series of key interconnected activities including participatory rural assessment approaches, community organization, participatory farmer-to-farmer training, capacity-building, learning farms, participatory plant material and livestock improvement, and appropriate renewable energy and technologies. Click to read more about REAP-Canada’s Agro-Ecological Village Model.