Fish farming sector
Despite annual growth of over 7%, development of the agricultural sector is beleaguered by extensive problems. These include, among others, the use of rudimentary equipment, lack of access to high-quality inputs (fish fry and feed), stakeholders being poorly organised, and inadequate market access. The sector depends heavily on imports. Over 214,000 tonnes of fish are consumed annually in Benin, but local production constitutes no more than 50,000 tonnes, or 23%, with the remainder imported. This means a substantial loss of hard currency totalling more than 94 billion FCFA (15,667,000 CHF) each year.
This sector benefits neither from state subsidies nor from any development projects up to now. The sector offers high potential, but at the same time it faces immense challenges such as weak organisation and collaboration between stakeholders, a lack of specific, appropriate inputs or adequate modern processing technologies, as well as access to credit to facilitate investment in modern equipment. Oranges, two varieties of which are planted, are the most important citrus fruit in Benin. There is barely any processing as the fruit is not well suited to it. Consequently, a high percentage of production is sold on to Nigeria in poor condition, or else improperly processed or simply rots, which results in considerable post-harvest losses.
The primary objective of the project is to improve living conditions for local actors through more jobs and higher incomes.
Project areas: seven Départements in the south and southwest of Benin
Fish farming: Ouémé - Plateau - Atlantique - Littoral and Mono
Citrus fruits: Zou and Couffo.
To ensure effective implementation of project activities and achieve systemic and sustainable change, the project is applying a sector-wide approach through:
Fish farming sector (30% women)
Citrus sector (15% women)
Fish farming sector
Living conditions improve for the target groups as they increase their annual incomes by at least 30%.
Living conditions improve for the target groups as they increase their annual incomes by at least 15%.
This project is part of the Swisscontact Development Programme, which is co-financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA.