in West Africa
West Africa overview
Living in arid regions on the edge of the Sahara desert, farmers in West Africa are on the front line in the fight against climate change.
Self Help Africa’s West Africa country programme operates across four countries – Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo and Benin. Projects are implemented through local partners, with the focus on adding value to farm production and creating links between smallscale agricultural producers and private sector companies.
Because of the hot, dry climate and unpredictable weather patterns of the region, there is a particular emphasis on promoting farming approaches that are ‘climate smart’, and enable farming communities to diversify their production.
Population: 16.4M / Capital: Ouagadougou / Area: 274,200 SQ KM
Population: 6.64M / Capital: Lome / Area: 56,785 SQ KM
Republic of Ghana
Population: 25.3M / Capital: Accra / Area: 238,535 SQ KM
Republic of Benin
Population: 10.3M / Capital: Porto Novo / Area: 114,763 SQ KM
West Africa Major Languages: French, English, Native Languages
West Africa Major Religions: Christianity, Islam, Native Beliefs
WEST AFRICA projects
BUILDING RESILIENCE TO CLIMATE CHANGE EXTREMES
Strengthening the ability of farmers to cope with climate variability through by diversifying agricultural production and increasing household income.
WATER & SANITATION
Providing safe drinking water, latrines and hygiene awareness training to 30,000 people in the three regions in Burkina Faso.
IMPROVING INCOMES & FOOD SECURITY
Improving the income and food situation of 1,240 farmers by assisting them to increase how much rice they grow and how much they make by selling it.
DEVELOPMENT OF SMALLHOLDER AGRICULTURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Supporting rural poor farming households in arid areas to adopt improved farming technologies.
REALISING AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY GAINS IN THE SAHEL, BURKINA FASO
Through this pilot, Self Help Africa proposes to test whether strengthening the capacity of the Comité Interprofession de Céréales – Burkina Faso (CIC-B) and stimulating local demand will transform the sorghum and millet value chains in the country, improving productivity, income and nutrition of smallholder farmers in dryland areas.
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE, NUTRITION & ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
Increasing food production through low-input sustainable agriculture techniques.
EMPOWERING WOMEN WITHIN THE CASHEW VALUE CHAIN
Training cashew farmers on increasing production of quality cashew nuts and empowering producers within the cashew nut value chain.
LINKING INTO THE FUTURE
Increasing the cashew production of close to 2,500 small scale farm producers working in the cashew sector.
ECONOMIC & ECOLOGICAL RESILIENCE
Improving the food security and income of poor rural farmers in the isolated Northern Savannah region of Northern Togo.