Capacity strengthening

 

Eye-openers for farmer organizations

Farmers’ groups are often not well organized. Therefore, their bargaining power remains poor and their capacities for collective and concerted actions remain underdeveloped. One of the consequences is that transportation costs are generally too high. The field extension officers of Psaltry International Limited (PIL), one…

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Yacouba, craving for white gold

Yacouba is the manager of the provincial Union of professional farmers of Nayala (UPPA/N), the granary of Burkina Faso. It’s a small union. Its members grow sorghum, millet and maize and belong to different grassroots groups. Although sorghum can give you some financial profit, they…

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Nuts about tiger nuts

Moumine lives in southern Mali, in the Sikasso region, the only region where tiger nut is cultivated. Moumine is a tiger nut trader, with clients in Spain, who process tiger nuts into a souchet drink. His clients demand big tiger nuts delivered free of sand…

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Soya makes both men and women happy

“But that’s exactly why we got organized as a group! We want to move forward!” Elise cries out, standing in front of the agribusiness cluster map she began to develop together with representatives of the cluster an hour ago. The representatives of the producers, shop…

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Shea butter turns into green soap

Aminata Doukouré, president of the ULPK, a Union of cooperatives of producers of shea butter, lives in the Koulikoro region in Mali. Since she met Dramane, the technical manager of the ULPK, she changed. She is smiling, she dreams, her life has new perspectives. No,…

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Sesame, open, sesame!

Since Issa has known the UACT (Union of farmers of the Circle de Tominian), his has life changed. Issa cultivates fonio millet, sorghum, cowpea and sesame. He lives with his two wives and six children in the small village of Sanekuy, close to Tominian in…

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Pineapples are in great form 

Germain lives in the region of Allada in Benin. He is a trader. He buys pineapples to sell on the local market. He has done this for quite a long time, but his business has changed a lot over the years. At the beginning of…

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Mamy, the maize and the cucumber

Mamy, a widow, lives in the Huet province in Burkina Faso. She has four children. She is a member of a local farmer organization which is part of UPPA, a farmer union. Mamy grows maize for her family. Her youngest daughter Myriam is often ill….

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Juliette’s gari is the best!

Juliette lives in the Department of the Hills in Benin. Her whole family lives on cassava. Her husband Denis and his brothers grow it. She, her sisters and aunts process it into gari. And the grand-uncle? He brings it to the Chinese of the SUCOBE…

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Help me buy a dress

Juliana is a single mother. She lives in the village of Sumbrungu some 8 kilometers from Bolga in the Upper East region of Ghana. Like 920 other single mothers she is a member of the Single Mothers Association (SMA). This association endeavors to enhance the…

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