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he West Africa programme covers four countries:

partners in each country. The focus of the programmes is

Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo and since 2012 Benin.

increasingly on value addition and creating linkages with

Programmes are managed out of the office in

private sector opportunities for agricultural producers.

WEST AFRICA

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and are implemented by local

Programme

Total Budget

Donor

Timeframe

Implementing Partner

Programme Area

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PepsiCo – Increased cashew production

PepsiCo, African Cashew Initiative, The Department for International Development (DFID)

€ 180,000

2012 ­ 2014

Tolaro Global, Dedras

Parakou, Benin

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Improved Access to Water and Sanitation

European Commission, Jersey Overseas Aid Cominnsion (JOAC) private trust funding

€ 1,599,050

2011

Wend Yam, SOS Sahel International, Organic

Boucle du Mouhoun, Centre Nord, Centre Sud, Burkina Faso

Water Use and Sustainability in Market Gardening

DFID

€ 69,464

IDE, Adeccol

Centre Est, Burkina Faso

Sustainable agriculture in Northern Burkina Faso

GOAC, DFID

PER

Bam Province, Burkina Faso

Improved cashew production and access to the value chain

DFID

SOS Sahel International Cashew processors

Hauts-Bassins, Cascades

Climate change adaptation

DFID, JOAC

Trax Ghana, Ministry of Agriculture

Upper East Region

Soil conservation and improved value addition

DFID

Savanes Region

2015

Rafia, Code Utile, Gadib, Ministry of Agriculture

Honey Value Chain

DFID

2013

Wend Yam

Oubritoga

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2016 2012 2014 € 80,000

2012 2014

€ 60,000

2013 2015

€ 100,000

2012 2013

€ 210,000

€ 46,800

BENIN - PEPSICA

2013

By partnering with Tolaro Global processing plant, the cashew farmers will be trained in quality control by the Tolaro quality

elf Help Africa (SHA) is collaborating with PepsiCo and private sector processor Tolaro Global to promote greater productivity and develop an access to market

for smallholder cashew farmers in Central Benin. It is the first project of its kind for SHA and our first project in Benin. We are providing technical support to local implementing partner Dedras to improve the productivity and production methods of 1,200 cashew farmers. A further objective is to improve the organization of cashew producers and their cooperatives through training in operational and financial management and linking them to

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Current programmes in West Africa are:

microfinance institutions.

control division, and will have a ready market for their crops through Tolaro and in turn PepsiCo’s snack food subsidiary, FritoLay. SHA also has a contract with the African Cashew Alliance (ACI) for this initiative, who will provide training materials and support to connect smallholder producers with other opportunities in the private sector.

Total Beneficiaries: 1,200 cashew producers

zambia

burkinafaso malawi

ghana zambia

malawi

zambia

ghana

burkinafaso

kenya

ghana

togo

kenya

WEST AFRICA

togo

8. Honey Value Chain

togo

4. Sustainable Agriculture

BURKINA FASO

2. Water and Sanitation

NIGER 3. Drip Irrigation Research

7. Soil Conservation and Value Addition

MALI Ouagadougou

OUR PROGRAMMES

burkinafaso

kenya

BENIN

5. Improved Cashew Production

Bolgatanga

COTE D´IVOIRE Lake Volta

Accra

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BURKINA FASO WATER AND SANITATION

NIGERIA

Volta

GHANA

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TOGO

6. Climate Change Adaptation

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1. PepsiCa

Lome

Porto Novo

being damaging to the environment, so an additional benefit of this project will be an increase in crop yields through access

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his is an EU-funded programme that will provide safe drinking water, latrines and hygiene awareness training for 30,000 people in the Boucle Mouhoun, Centre

Nord and Centre Sud regions of Burkina Faso. The provision of safe drinking water and sanitation remains a major challenge in rural Burkina Faso. Two types of latrine are being provided, basic family latrines and ECOSAN latrines. ECOSAN latrines are designed so

to natural fertiliser. Water points are being rehabilitated or constructed according to the availability of boreholes and wells in villages. We are working with three local partners and local governments to ensure careful follow-up of the maintenance and management of the latrines and boreholes.

Total Beneficiaries: 30,000 people

that faecal matter can be used as a safe, natural fertilizer. Agriculture inputs such as chemical fertilisers are expensive and beyond the means of most rural households as well as

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OUR PROGRAMMES

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DRIP IRRIGATION RESEARCH

his is a research project with local partner Adeccol to measure the effectiveness of drip irrigation compared to traditional irrigation, using watering cans. It follows

previous works with womens’ groups involved in marketing gardening in Centre EST, Burkina Faso. Through International Development Enterprises (IDE), an NGO that specialises in low cost technological solutions, SHA is providing drip irrigation to smallholder farmers. Sites have been established that are measuring the use of water and crop yields, and are comparing these to the volumes of water and productivity using traditional methods. A further aspect of the research is an assessment of the true affordability and maintenance of the drip irrigation system for smallholders without the support or organisations such as IDE and Self Help Africa. The results of this research project will be shared across SHA and other stakeholders in Burkina Faso and West Africa.

Total Beneficiaries: 312

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SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE IN NORTHERN BURKINA FASO

n collaboration with local partner PER in the Centre Nord province, this project is using systems of lead farmer training and knowledge transfer for conservation

agriculture measures and approaches. Literacy training is provided to community members, and support and assistance given with information gathering and documentation of approaches and agricultural techniques. Building on the previous successes of zaĂŻ (a practice that involves digging small fertilising pits to rehabilitate farm land in Burkina Faso) in increasing crop production in arid zones, 2013 will see an increasing focus on the documentation and dissemination of this technique amongst other stakeholders in the surrounding regions. We will also incorporate the multiplication of improved varieties of seed, as access to quality seed is a major obstacle to smallholders. This project will also provide a new borehole and rehabilitate an existing water point to provide safe clean drinking water. As in other regions of Burkina Faso, clean drinking water is limited, and the community is currently sharing its water sources with livestock.

Total Beneficiaries: 2,800

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CASHEW VALUE CHAIN IN WESTERN BURKINA FASO

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GHANA CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION

of the country and forge links for producers with processing

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companies based around Burkina’s second city, Bobo Dialasso.

This project promotes a range of soil and water conservation,

We will work with producers on quality control using KOR

and other natural resource management activities and aims

kits which will increase their credibility with processing plants

to build the resilience of 2,000 small-holding farm families

and carry out the first level of cashew processing, shelling, to

to cope with climate change and produce food in changing

increase their margin from buyers. In addition to processing

environmental conditions. The focal areas of the project

of the nut we will train farmers and women producers on

include soil fertility regeneration interventions, crop-livestock

processing of the cashew apple which is a valuable but under

farming, income generating activities and the strengthening

utilised by-product of cashew nut production.

of community trainers as lead farmers and farmer-based

alue-addition and linking processors to markets is the focus of this new project in Burkina Faso. Local partners SOS Sahel will carry out the work in the west

his project is being implemented by TRAX Ghana in the Dachio and Pelunga areas of Upper East Region, and Mozio and Pagnatik Zones in Northern Ghana.

producer groups or organisations. The project will seek to SHA will also work with producers to improve organisation

address the problem of unsustainable agricultural practices

and management of farmer groups, as working in larger

and environmental degradation which is a contributing factor

groups on established plantations will give producers stronger

to poor soils and desertification.

collective bargaining power. Women will be supported to access credit from micro-finance institutions to invest in micro-

Farmers will be trained in the early detection of animal and

enterprises around the cashew value chain.

crop diseases and linked with Ministry of Agriculture paravets

Total Beneficiaries: 100 cashew producers and processors

for additional support. TRAX Ghana will also collaborate with staff of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) to train farmers groups on wildfire prevention and management, link up with Ghana Forest Services Department and Environmental Protection Agency to support tree growing and environmental conservation actions. Farmer producer groups of soybean and

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OUR PROGRAMMES groundnuts will be linked up to Savannah Farmers Marketing

In addition to soybean, during the counter season (off

Company in Tamale for improved market access.

season), farmers will be trained on rice production and market gardening. As these activities are also primarily

Total Beneficiaries: 2,000 smallholders

aimed at women, there will be a focus on nutrition and the post-harvest handling of crops to preserve their nutritious components and sale value.

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TOGO SOIL CONSERVATION AND VALUE ADDITION his project is designed to improve the economic and ecological resilience to climate change of (mainly) women smallholder farmers in Northern Togo.

Through soil conservation and sustainable agriculture techniques, the use of chemical fertilizer will be reduced by 50%, not only increasing productivity but also removing a costly drain on the limited incomes of smallholders. Value addition will be a second main focus of activities allowing farmers to increase their profits through soybean processing. Farmers are being organized into cooperatives and trained on various derivative products of soybean that can increase the marketability and profits of the soybean harvests. Women are the main producers of soybean in Northern Togo and a nutrition component is integrated into training to encourage the consumption of the soybean crop and products themselves as they are highly nutritious and are ideal as a nutritional supplement for small children. Local partners Code Utile, Rafio and Gadib are being supported to collaborate more closely and combine their experiences in soil conservation, soy bean value chains and wetland cultivation respectively.

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Total Beneficiaries: 1,000 smallholder farmers

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HONEY VALUE CHAIN

his project will build on previous work we have done with Wend Yam on bee-keeping and honey production. As a next step, activities in 2013 will focus

on the value chain of bee-keeping derivative products such as honey, propolis and beeswax. These are much more valuable products than the raw honey farmers normally sell and will help eliminate the middle man who usually pocket the bulk of profits. Through Wend Yam, we will provide training and equipment to facilitate post-harvest production of these ancillary products. We will train producer groups on the importance of quality control and negotiation skills for dealing directly with buyers.

Total Beneficiaries: 200

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