The Swiss Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) has been working in Benin for several decades. It focuses its efforts mostly on the Borgou and Alibori Departments.
In order to provide support to rural economic actors in the Departments of Borgou and Alibori, the Swiss Development Cooperation Office in Benin launched the Rural Economic Development Support Programme – Wusua Dabu – (PASDER), one of five programmes under the "Rural Economic Development" strategy. Since October 2015 and for four years thereafter, the Swisscontact-LARES Consortium has been supporting strategic, operations, and financial management for the second phase of this programme. The objective of this programme is to help family farms in the Borgou and Alibori Departments to contribute sustainably to socio-economic development by 2025, thereby reducing poverty during that period.
PASDeR interventions target the critical functions of development support provided to key agricultural and pastoral value chains:
These activities coincide with the strategies defined in the Strategic Plan for Agricultural Sector Revival (PSRSA).
PASDeR works in a national and regional context marked by specific agricultural and pastoral productivity factors within which the various stakeholders must work to ensure continuous development of targeted value chains. These factors include state policies for facilitating access to agricultural and pastoral inputs, such as improved seed varieties, fertilizer and crop protection, as well as veterinary medicines and equipment. All these components need to be enhanced in order to facilitate their availability to greater numbers of smallholder farmers and pastoralists. There is also the issue of a state policy facilitating access to agricultural and livestock output markets that provides farmers with too few incentives to increase production sustainably.
The programme aims to achieve three specific objectives:
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