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.
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:
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.
Expected end of phase results:
Unions Départementales des Producteurs (UDP) ;
Unions Départementales des Organisations Professionnelles d’Eleveurs de Ruminants (UDOPER).
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