The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Helvetas and the Dutch NGO SNV are supporting agricultural entrepreneurship in Burkina Faso.
Photo: ©Helvetas / Simon B. Opladen


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In Burkina Faso, almost 80 per cent of the population depends on agriculture for a living. But for many families, this doesn’t ensure a stable income. When put into practice, a well-thought-out strategy can make a difference.

Clearly, farming and raising animals often cannot ensure families a decent and stable source of income. In Burkina Faso, small farmers, particularly women and youth, lack access to land, equipment and information. They do not have the right skills and the knowledge to adapt their production to new challenges such as climate change and urbanisation. Furthermore, they face considerable difficulties trying to get credit. In short, they are unable to benefit from the opportunities offered by local and international markets.

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Helvetas (SDC), together with SNV, a Dutch NGO, has started the first phase of PAPEA (Programme d’appui à la promotion de l’entrepreneuriat Agricole), a twelve-year programme that supports agricultural entrepreneurship. Financed by SDC, the scheme promotes the creation and strengthening of small businesses along the whole food value chain, from farm to fork, through the application of the Market System Development (MSD) approach.

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