Project profile — UPA Développement international - Volunteer cooperation 2020-2027


UPA Développement international
2020-04-07 - 2027-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Tunisia (3.20%)
• Haiti (16.00%)
• Guinea (5.40%)
• Ecuador (0.10%)
• Peru (3.50%)
• Burkina Faso (7.20%)
• Senegal (24.60%)
• Congo, Democratic Republic (0.60%)
• Benin (27.90%)
• Bolivia (4.00%)
• Cameroon (4.30%)
• Indonesia (3.20%)


• Basic Education: School feeding (11250) (2.20%)
• Government And Civil Society, General: Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (35.40%)
• Agricultural policy and administrative management:
Agricultural policy and administrative management (31110) (12.10%)
Agricultural development (31120) (9.00%)
Food crop production (31161) (17.90%)
Agricultural services (31191) (18.00%)
Agricultural financial services (31193) (1.50%)
• Unallocated/ Unspecified: Promotion of development awareness (99820) (3.90%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (significant objective)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project supports 665 volunteer placements and aims to improve the economic and social well-being of the poorest, most marginalized and vulnerable people, especially women and girls, with a view to contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to increasing the participation of Canadians in international development and key global issues, this project aims to increase the performance of professional agricultural organizations in implementing more inclusive, innovative and sustainable development initiatives that advance gender equality. The project aims to improve the productivity and profitability of family farms in these countries while strengthening the performance and governance of the organizations that support them. This project also builds the capacity of professional agricultural organizations through Canadian entrepreneurs and agricultural advisors who provide training, advisory support, technical assistance, as well as studies and tools developed in collaboration with professional agricultural organizations to support the actions of these organizations. Project activities include: (1) recruiting, training and equipping Canadian agricultural entrepreneurs and advisors so that their actions promote women's empowerment, intercultural effectiveness and coaching, among other themes; (2) providing training and support to leaders of professional agricultural organizations, trainers and facilitators, and women in the South on topics related to agricultural management, sustainable agriculture, economic equity within families, and women's rights, empowerment, leadership and voice to improve the performance of their production and processing systems; (3) designing communication plans and developing tools to raise awareness among the Canadian public; (4) conducting studies on market opportunities, women's roles in industry and sectoral issues, as well as tools on gender equality and gender issues to support professional agricultural organizations; and (5) establishing thematic funds to support the development of agri-food activities by women and girls, agri-environment, agroforestry, and adaptation to climate change.

Expected results 

The expected outcome for this project include: (1) increased performance of project country partners in implementing more inclusive, innovative and sustainable development initiatives that advance gender equality; and (2) increased participation of Canadians in international development and key global issues.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include : (1) organized 200 volunteer mandates to enhance the capacity of agricultural professional organizations in designing and implementing more inclusive, innovative, and sustainable development initiatives that promote gender equality, involving 35 organizations in 11 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, the Americas, and Asia; (2) trained 56,663 individuals (including 28,191 women) by 150 expert volunteers (including 56 women) in the agri-food sector, agroforestry, and other sectors; and (3) mobilized 261,758 Canadians to support Canada's efforts in international development.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $1,041,777
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Donor country personnel
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