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Rural Economic Development Support Programme PASDER

In Benin, despite the efforts of various programmes, the current state of people's living conditions shows persistent poverty. According to the results of the EMICoV surveys (INSAE, 2012), the poverty index varies on average between 33% and 38% at the national level (4 out of 10 Beninese live below the poverty line). The regions of Borgou and Alibori, with 39% and 43% respectively, are among those with a very high poverty index. Women are particularly affected as they have little access to resources in general.
In response to recent changes in the development context (decentralisation - strategic repositioning of the agricultural sector at national political level), rural economic development (RED) interventions are being reoriented to achieve greater relevance, coherence and coverage. Five complementary programmes are being prepared, including the Programme d'Appui au Secteur Développement Rural (PASDER). The first phase of the PASDeR focused on the productivity and competitiveness of the rural sector in four municipalities in the Borgou-Alibori region.

The Project

In the current phase of the project pursues two objectives: (i) the consolidation and extension of the results of the first phase and (ii) the extension of the programme to 6 more municipalities. The aim is to promote local agricultural and livestock initiatives that increase the productivity and income of the poor rural population.

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

Project objectives:
To contribute to a sustainable increase in the productivity of family farms in the Borgou and Alibori regions by promoting the agri-food sectors of maize, rice, milk and meat. The focus of the project work is on strengthening farmers' organisations through support for arable farming and livestock breeding and the targeting of activities specifically for women.

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


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.

Project countries

  • Benin

Project duration



  • SDC

Working area


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