WASHINGTON, DC, DECEMBER 7, 2015 – The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) entered a partnership in Côte d’Ivoire to increase sustainable access to safe water and improve quality of life. The three-year project will help communities in three districts tackle the most pressing challenges for safe water, sanitation and food security, and strengthen local capacity to respond to environmental shocks in a region of West Africa where communities are on the front lines of climate change.

This project, called Multiple Use Water Services for Northern Côte d’Ivoire, seeks to address a variety of the challenges related to limited access to water resources in the Boundiali, Mbengue and Dianra districts of the northern Savanes Region. AKF will work to provide portable water supply infrastructure for up to 30,000 people in the three districts. It will also aim to provide up to 33 farmer groups with training on market standards and improved agricultural techniques, using the same Farmer Field School approach it has employed successfully in West Africa.

This initiative is made possible in part by a grant from Margaret A. Cargill Foundation (MACF), which provides meaningful support through long-term relationships with strategic grantee partners to identify and implement sustainable solutions to persistent problems. MACF supports community-level initiatives, within its defined program areas, that help people, animals and the environments in which they live.

Read the full press release here.