Côte d’Ivoire - Agricultural Value Chain Development Support Programme (PADFA) – November 2021
In the village of Nabéguévogo, 70 of the 73 members of the Association of Vegetable Producers (WOPININ) are women. After PADFA provided certified seeds, inputs, training and equipment in 2017, the members’ productivity drastically increased.
The Chief of Nabéguévogo village, confident that giving women equal access to land would increase productivity and reduce poverty, allocated 16 hectares of public land to WOPININ. With the support of PADFA, WOPININ members are farming three hectares and have a long-term investment plan for the remaining land, even if PADFA were to close.
“Market gardening is a profitable business. Within a year, you can harvest several times. This allows us to make lots of money,” said Yélé Coulibaly, Secretary of WOPININ and mother of six. “Nowadays, our husbands don’t have money. With our business, we pay our children’s school fees, give pocket money to our husbands and send them to hospital when they are sick. All this thanks to PADFA.”
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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