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.
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and are implemented by local
PepsiCo – Increased cashew production
PepsiCo, African Cashew Initiative, The Department for International Development (DFID)
Tolaro Global, Dedras
Improved Access to Water and Sanitation
European Commission, Jersey Overseas Aid Cominnsion (JOAC) private trust funding
Wend Yam, SOS Sahel International, Organic
Boucle du Mouhoun, Centre Nord, Centre Sud, Burkina Faso
Water Use and Sustainability in Market Gardening
Centre Est, Burkina Faso
Sustainable agriculture in Northern Burkina Faso
Bam Province, Burkina Faso
Improved cashew production and access to the value chain
SOS Sahel International Cashew processors
Climate change adaptation
Trax Ghana, Ministry of Agriculture
Upper East Region
Soil conservation and improved value addition
Rafia, Code Utile, Gadib, Ministry of Agriculture
Honey Value Chain
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2016 2012 2014 € 80,000
BENIN - PEPSICA
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
Current programmes in West Africa are:
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
8. Honey Value Chain
4. Sustainable Agriculture
2. Water and Sanitation
NIGER 3. Drip Irrigation Research
7. Soil Conservation and Value Addition
5. Improved Cashew Production
COTE D´IVOIRE Lake Volta
BURKINA FASO WATER AND SANITATION
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6. Climate Change Adaptation
being damaging to the environment, so an additional benefit of this project will be an increase in crop yields through access
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
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 womensâ€™ 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
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
OUR PROGRAMMES 05
CASHEW VALUE CHAIN IN WESTERN BURKINA FASO
GHANA CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION
of the country and forge links for producers with processing
companies based around Burkinaâ€™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
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.
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.
Total Beneficiaries: 1,000 smallholder farmers
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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A synopsis of Self Help Africa's work in West Africa in 2013