Eclosio is the NGO of the University of Liège. Created in 2018 from the merging between Aid for Development-Gembloux (ADG) and Universud-Liège, Eclosio strengthens initiatives respectful of the human and the environment and contributes to the exercise of the fundamental rights of the populations.

Concretely, in Benin, Senegal, Cambodia, Bolivia and Peru, Eclosio supports, with the support of our local partners, vulnerable families as well as their organizations to:

•  develop agroecological activities that are remunerative, not dependent on external factors and respectful of the environment;

•  benefit from decent income, in particular through the processing and marketing of their production;

•  enjoy a healthy and balanced diet, with particular emphasis on the role of women as guarantors of the nutritional health of their families;

•  support local dynamics and spatial planning for and by communities;

•  professionalize through quality training and support in the search of sustainable employment; and to

•  defend their interests by raising awareness to public authorities.

The former ADG, founder of Eclosio, worked in Cambodia since 2001; the first project was the establishment of a value-chain of high value vegetables at Kampong Speu, value chain that is now autonomous and delivering products to the main markets of Phnom Penh. Since that project, ADG has been involved in several rural development projects. In 2017, Eclosio and its partners implement the UpScale Project (Upgrading Strategy for Small Scale Cambodian Farmers). It aims to support households in small family farming to improve their living conditions and allow them to live with dignity from their agricultural activities. To do this, we promote food sovereignty, acceptable living conditions in rural areas, strengthen women’s leadership roles in their communities, and encourage young people not to emigrate by engaging in agriculture. The specific objective of the UpScale project is to generate a decent income to enable them to stay above the poverty line.

Eclosio (ex-ADG) Themes:

1. Strengthening Civil Society (local organizations and institutional multi-actors networks)

2. Support to productive agriculture activities in line with an agro-ecological approach

3. Value-addition to family farming (storage and processing, quality standard recognition, direct markets)

4. Natural Resources Management (NRM)

5. Healthy food

6. Financial mechanisms adapted to farmers’ needs (local development funds, financial services)

7. Trainings to local actors involved in sustainable development

8. Awareness on societal challenges

9. Advocacy to influence local context on family farming and food sovereignty

Basic unconditional principles are cross-cutting the implementation of actions:

1. Strategies and actions are identified, prepared and reviewed commonly between partners

2. Pro-active participation to networks; institutional rapprochement with partners sharing similar values

3. A joint presence of ADG and its partners in the field to ensure complementarities and value addition

4. Methodological participatory approaches all along projects’ cycles

5. Vulnerability inclusion; gender and intergenerational balance

6. Exchanges and participatory development of knowledge

7. Learning, capitalizing on knowledge gained, and continuous improvement of quality deliveries

  • Mr. Mey Veata, Sustainable Food Systems Programme Manager [email protected] Tel: +855 (0)77 880605
  • Mr. Christophe Goossens, Eclosio Chief of Party - South East Asia Representative in Belgium [email protected]
  • No 35, street 410, Boeung Trabek, Chamkar Morn, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
    Tel: +855(0)16 749 579