Programa de desarrollo ecónomico rural (ingl.) PASDER

The four departments in the northern part of the country (Alibori, Borgou, Atacora and Donga) cover almost three quarters of the country's surface area and are home to just over a third (33.9%) of the population. According to the Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.485, Benin will rank 167th out of 187 countries in 2016. Poverty has increased at national level, rising from 36.2% in 2007 to 40.1% in 2015 (UNDP, 2016). This is mainly due to the decline in consumer spending. Although opportunities arise from reforms in the country, especially in the agricultural sector, the programme needs to adapt to a context of increasing multidimensional fragility. Women are particularly affected, as they have little access to and control over resources despite their dominant role in the family.
parakou, benin
Duración del proyecto
2020 - 2024
Financiado para
  • Agencia Suiza para el Desarrollo y la Cooperación COSUDE

El proyecto

The PASDeR programme (Programme d'Appui au Secteur du Développement Rural) supports economic actors in rural areas in order to promote economic growth at grassroots level. The aim is to encourage family small-scale and agricultural and craft businesses in the Borgou and Alibori departments to make a sustainable contribution to socio-economic development in order to reduce poverty by 2027.

In the current phase, project activities are concentrated on the:
  • consolidating and extending the achievements of the previous two phases
  • scaling up through the spatial extension of the programme to all municipalities in the departments of Borgou, Alibori, Atacora and Donga, i.e. a total of 27 municipalities
The aim is to promote local initiatives in agriculture and livestock farming that will boost productivity and increase the income of the rural poor.

Various approaches to promote the agri-food sector support the achievement of the objectives. These include the creation of infrastructure for technical and financial support for farmers' organisations, genetic improvement in livestock breeding, agricultural mechanisation and the implementation of the inclusive market (IM) approach to improve the marketing system for arable and livestock products.

The direct beneficiaries of the programme are farmers' organisations and family farms.

Socios de proyectos

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


Expected end of phase results:
  • The institutional management bodies of the farmers' organisations are operational and work in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations. Their available human, material and financial resources are managed efficiently and their capacity to act is strengthened.
  • At least 35% of the members (family farms) of the farmers' organisations have increased their productivity thanks to easier access to adapted and high-quality production factors and services.
  • Production yields of family farms generate added value through local processing and achieve higher prices on the markets.
  • The productivity of at least 30% of the female members of farmers' organisations increases significantly.
  • At least 75% of the volume of products processed by women meet quality standards and are sold at lucrative prices on the markets.