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International cooperation projects

Université Laval plays an active role in international cooperation by developing intervention, research, and training projects and providing technical assistance to other countries for the transfer and exchange of knowledge and services.

Project financing

International cooperation projects often receive public or private financial support, but also benefit from official development assistance funding from various organizations, multilateral development banks, and development aid agencies, or directly from the countries and institutions supported.

Current projects

Université Laval has a number of major cooperation projects underway, most of them in partnership with recognized nongovernmental organizations in Canada and abroad. Drawing on UL resources and expertise, these projects are an opportunity to forge strong ties with our partners, share our knowledge and skills, and play a role in training participating students.

FASAM project participants

FASAM project: Training for food security in Mali

The FASAM project aims to improve the availability of agricultural training, develop a skilled workforce, and foster job creation for young people. Agriculture is the pillar of the Malian economy, yet food insecurity, caused by a mix of external and structural factors, remains a constant concern. Development of a skilled agricultural workforce can play a key role in preventing food crises and achieving sustainable food security. The project supports six Malian institutions that provide vocational, technical, and university training.

Home faculty:  Agricultural and Food Sciences (FSAA)
Partners:  Collège Boréal and Éducation Internationale
Manager in charge:  Daniel Campeau

PASME projects participants

PASME projects: Improving maternal and child health in Burkina Faso

The second phase of the PASME project has been underway since June 2016 in the eastern, northern, and central western regions of Burkina Faso. In collaboration with local authorities and selected communities, PASME 2 aims to reduce maternal and infant mortality using a continuum of care approach. The program, part of an intervention strategy based on fostering social consensus and bringing about changes in behaviour, has two main thrusts: improving the availability and delivery of maternal, newborn, and child health services (MNCH) and getting women and their children to use these services more. 

Home unit: International Office
Faculties involved: Medicine, Pharmacy, Business Administration, Education, Nursing
Organization responsible for the projectWorld University Service of Canada
Canadian partnerFarm Radio International 
Funding partner: Global Affairs Canada 
Project manager:  Joanie Dionne-Rhéaume

Participants to the PADESAR3C Project

Partnership in action:  universities and local communities developing climate-resilient agroforestry systems in Cameroon (PADESAR3C)

The project focuses on local capacity building to develop agroforestry systems that are more resilient to climate change in two particularly vulnerable agro-ecological zones in Cameroon: the (i) Sudano-Sahel (Northern Cameroon) and the (ii) High Guinea Savannah (Adamaoua). Université Laval and its partners are working to boost the capacity of farmers in Cameroon through training and technical support on the ground.

Research is also underway on carbon sequestration through sustainable management of agroforestry systems with a view to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Université Laval is conducting the project with financial support from the Government of Québec via Ministère de l’environnement et de la lutte contre les changements climatiques (MELCC) as part of the 2013‒2020 Action Plan on Climate Change, funded by the Green Fund.

Home Faculty: Forestry, Geography and Geomatics (FFGG)
Partners: ABIOGeT, Université de Dschang
Funding Partner: Québec Green Fund, Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MELCC)
Professor in charge: Damase Khasa

Past projects

AKOSAA project: Improving food security and promoting public health in Haiti

The AKOSAA project aims to increase access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food and improve the health of 8,000 people in the commune of Saint-Marc, in Haiti’s Artibonite region by intensifying and diversifying agricultural production, promoting public health, and encouraging producers to adopt agricultural practices better suited to ecological principles and nutritional needs. The project also aims to strengthen the teaching and applied research capabilities of the State University of Haiti by establishing a sustainable partnership between the university, public health organizations, and the local community. The initiative is designed to help 16,000 people improve their understanding of nutritional health, and increase the incomes of 2,600 women in Saint-Marc.

Home faculty: Agricultural and Food Sciences (FSAA)
Faculties involved: Medicine, Arts and Human Sciences, Business Administration
Canadian partners:  Centre de coopération internationale en santé et développementSOCODEVIUniversity of Moncton
Funding partner: Global Affairs Canada
Professor in charge:  Patrice Dion

AFLAH Project: Stepping up the fight to control aflatoxins in Haiti

In Haiti, a high percentage of the population is exposed to aflatoxins—poisonous and cancer-causing chemicals growing in soil, decaying vegetation, hay, and grains. These substances are regularly found among staple food commodities and enter the food supply when processed. Children are particularly affected by aflatoxin exposure, which leads to stunted growth, delayed development, and liver-related diseases. The AFLAH project aims to get Haitians involved in the fight to control aflatoxins.  Working from the principle that the methods for limiting food contamination are already well known, the project focuses on factors that influences use of these methods by producers, distributors, and processors of peanuts, sorghum, and corn-based foods.

Home faculty: Agricultural and Food Sciences (FSAA)
Partners:  Meds & Food for KidsIfoundation, Chibas Foundation , Haiti Bureau of Standards
Funding partner:  International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Professor in charge: Patrice Dion

FOGRN-PEFOGRN: Forest resource management training in the Congo Basin

The FOGRN-PEFOGRN project aims to strengthen the institutional and technical capacities of training institutions (universities and colleges) in three Central African countries so they can become regional centres of excellence in sustainable management of natural resources. Natural resources constitute an important source of revenue for most states in Central Africa and are critical for local populations that depend on them for their livelihood. To ensure sustainable resource management, governments, private sector companies, and NGOs require specific competencies that are currently lacking in the region, especially in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This project aims to help fill the gap by emphasizing South-South cooperation and strengthening forestry training.

Home faculty:  Forestry, Geography and Geomatics 
Canadian partner:  Centre d'enseignement et de recherche en foresterie de Sainte-Foy (CERFO)
Professor in charge:  Damase Khasa
Funding partner: Global Affairs Canada, Congo Basin Forest Fund (African Development Bank)


Joanie Dionne Rhéaume
Advisor, Cooperation and International Partnerships
418656-2131, ext. 406649