The objective of this project is to strengthen value chains in select sectors by applying an Inclusive Markets approach, thereby improving quality of life and increasing incomes for producers (i.e. farmer families) while creating jobs. In an initial two-year pilot phase (2019-2020), the project is focusing on the citrus and fisheries sectors, which also constitute an important part of Benin’s rural development strategy. The experiences gained as well as the needs and potential identified during the pilot phase shall then serve to develop tailor-made solutions for a first project phase in 2021-2024, which ultimately will improve the quality of life of disadvantaged populations.
Swisscontact already has many years of experience in the Inclusive Markets approach, and now we would like to introduce this to Benin as the first country in West Africa. This systemic approach offers the possibility to intervene in market systems on many levels, thereby supporting market participants in the value chain in such a way for local actors to continue effecting sustainable positive change. Swisscontact plays the part of a facilitator and agent connecting the various actors. Special focus will be placed on the themes of “food security” and “promoting women and youth”.
An important project objective is to organise participants along the value chain and offer sustainable solutions to resolve bottlenecks in the market system. Consequently, producers (i.e. farmer families) will be able to improve their quality of life and position on the market through improved productivity and product quality. As this project i) is now only in the design phase and ii) aims to achieve systemic change, more time will be needed to achieve effective results (e.g. the number of people with an improved quality of life who are earning higher incomes and additional jobs). For this reason, below we are listing only initial results in relation to medium-term (approx. 4 years) and long-term objectives (at least 8 years).
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