Programa de desarrollo ecónomico rural (ingl.) PASDER

The agricultural sector employs around 70% of the working population in Benin, most of whom live in rural areas. It contributes nearly 33% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and provides about 75% of export earnings and 15% of government revenue. This sector is characterised by stable growth and strong potential. It is dominated by small family farms, low agricultural diversification, subsistence farming, high soil degradation, and vulnerability to climate change. Women and young people are more affected by limited access to goods and resources needed for agricultural production. The institutional reforms undertaken aim to diversify agricultural sectors according to geographical centres and so that they are contributing to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). However, the new institutions set up to promote the sectors are not very functional and their skills are underdeveloped. A transfer of skills to the new structures is therefore necessary as well as support for the role of socio-professional farmers organisations in the new system.
parakou, benin
Duración del proyecto
2020 - 2024
Financiado por
  • Agencia Suiza para el Desarrollo y la Cooperación COSUDE

El proyecto

The general objective of the programme is to contribute to the sustainable improvement of the living conditions of rural populations in 27 communes of the departments of Borgou, Alibori, Atacora and Donga, to reduce poverty and food insecurity.  

The programme is structured around 3 Outcomes:

  1. Institutional arrangements and governance;
  2. Primary production;
  3. Value chains and market access.

The direct beneficiaries are socio-professional and inter-professional farmer organisations (organisations socioprofessionnelles (OSP), family farms, Women's Cooperatives, Youth Cooperatives, Agricultural Enterprises, and Processing Units.

Project partners

  • Unions Départementales des Producteurs (UDP) ;
  • Unions Départementales des Organisations Professionnelles d’Eleveurs de Ruminants (UDOPER).

Resultados esperados

  • Farmer organisations apply the rules of good governance at all levels and participate fully in the dialogue with government structures for the promotion of targeted Value Added Chains;
  • Family farms have access to and make good use of inputs, equipment, infrastructure, and finance;
  • Seasonal movement of livestock in the project's intervention area is lessened thanks to constructive dialogue between stakeholders and adapted infrastructures;
  • Processing capacities in the main added value chains are increased, the units are well organised and connected to the market;
  • Viable and functional business models are put in place by added value chains and allow for an increase in marketed quantities and revenues.


Ecosistemas de iniciativa empresarial , Agricultura sostenible
Desafíos del cultivo de arroz en Benín
Los agricultores de Benín, ubicado en África occidental, se enfrentan a condiciones medioambientales en constante evolución: fenómenos meteorológicos cada vez más frecuentes, estaciones poco fiables y el deterioro de la calidad del suelo debido a la creciente acidez, especialmente en el norte del país. Además, la producción familiar depende en gran medida de la utilización de fertilizantes sintéticos, difíciles de obtener y que conllevan enormes riesgos para la salud y el medio ambiente. A lo largo del "Programa de Apoyo al Desarrollo Económico Rural", Swisscontact ha desarrollado una alternativa prometedora junto con socios locales: el uso de lo que denominan "biochar", o bio-carbón.