Côte d’Ivoire - Agricultural Value Chain Development Support Programme (PADFA) – November 2021
Brahima Silué, a 38-year-old father of four, is a farmer and member of the cooperative Wowela (a name that means we help each other) in the village of Nahoualakaha in the northern part of the country. Before PADFA, the cooperative members used to farm rice, but productivity was really low. They consumed what they produced and there was no surplus to sell. Their fields were often attacked by insects, which destroyed their crops. Climate change was another challenge these small-scale farmers faced. “With PADFA, which provided us with drought-resistant rice seed, inputs and training, we produced more. I used to harvest 19 bags, now I can harvest nearly 30” says Brahima Silué. “My household consumes part of the rice I produce and I sell the surplus. With the income, I can afford to cover all my family’s needs, which was not the case before”.
The aim of PADFA is to improve post-harvest activities (packaging, storage, processing, and marketing) of three strategic value chains: rice, vegetables and mango. Thus, stimulating economic growth and improving the food and nutritional security and raising the incomes of the smallholder households in the programme area. In addition, PDAFA will mobilize investments by the domestic private sector by promoting cofinancing, risk-sharing mechanisms and other financial products and services to foster the development of private initiatives.
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