Côte d’Ivoire - Agricultural Value Chain Development Support Programme (PADFA) – November 2021
Abi Soro is one of the rice producers in the village of Nahoualakaha and a member of the cooperative Wowela (a name that means we help each other). 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.
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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