Food and economic security
Louvain Coopération encourages local, regional and national institutions to foster a favorable business climate. The authorities then contribute to setting up infrastructure, and the technical and financial means needed to help producers.
At the same time Louvain Coopération organizes literacy programs, in particular for community representatives, to improve dialogue with the authorities.
In this way, the NGO strengthens the institutions’ contribution, and creates a lasting collaboration between institutions and the populations in need.
Louvain Coopération works with populations to develop farming practices, livestock farming and fishing activities. The goods produced can then be sold or used to feed families. In addition, the NGO’s experts improve household storage capacities. By building storage spaces, families can build up reserves and protect themselves against hunger.
The NGO also provides nutritional information to help diversify family meals. A balanced and varied diet is essential for good health.
Besides farming, Louvain Coopération supports the creation of income-generating activities. Field staff assists populations in the development of their economic projects.
The economic measures used to help entrepreneurs include microcredit, management training, local business advice centers, and saving schemes. These tools allow small entrepreneurs to earn money in order to be self-sufficient and educate their children.
A flourishing business environment, supported by institutions, creates wealth in extremely poor regions that were previously neglected.