Women improved their professional and/or life skills through empowerment, capacity building or income generating activities
With 7 million inhabitants and a surface area of 56,785 square km, Togo is one of Africa’s most densely populated countries. Togo’s economy is largely based on agriculture, which accounts for 40% of the national GDP. Two thirds of the population depend on crop and livestock farming to live. The major crops grown in Togo are corn, sorghum, rice, yams, manioc, peanuts, beans, and soy. Poultry farming is practiced by 80% of smallholder families. Togo’s major exports are coffee, cocoa, and cotton. However, despite the size of the country’s agricultural sector, more than half of the population suffers from food insecurity. Six out of every ten inhabitants of Togo live in poverty, most of them belonging to smallholder farming families.
The country regularly faces floods and drought, which have serious consequences for the people and their livestock: degradation of the soil, animal losses, decreases in yields, and rising rural exodus. Forest degradation is another major concern, representing an additional threat to biodiversity and food security.
AVSF and VSF Suisse support smallholder farmers and livestock keepers in the Savanes and Central regions.
What we do:
- Advising and assisting organizations of small cocoa producers for the creation of an organic and fair trade certified supply chain for cocoa.
- Promoting the adoption or improvement of agroecological practices and capacity building of producer organizations through Farmers Field School.
- Supporting producers in the storage and marketing of cereals (maize, sorghum and rice) and legumes (soy, beans, cowpea).
- Combating desertification and land degradation by supporting the adoption of sustainable land management and agroforestry practices (cereal production, vegetable production, small livestock farming and reforestation).
- Promoting income-generating activities in the field of agro-pastoralism: poultry, small ruminants, bee-keeping, crop production.