our work


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.

Burkina Faso
Population: 16.4M / Capital: Ouagadougou / Area: 274,200 SQ KM
Togolese Republic
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
Burkina Faso
Strengthening the ability of farmers to cope with climate variability through diversifying agricultural production and increasing household income.

WATER & SANITATION
Burkina Faso
Providing safe drinking water, latrines and hygiene awareness training to 30,000 people in the three regions in Burkina Faso.

IMPROVING INCOMES & FOOD SECURITY
Burkina Faso
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
Burkina Faso
Supporting rural poor farming households in arid areas to adopt improved farming technologies.

REALISING AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY GAINS IN THE SAHEL, BURKINA FASO
Centre-Nord Region,
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
Ghana
Increasing food production through low-input sustainable agriculture techniques.

EMPOWERING WOMEN WITHIN THE CASHEW VALUE CHAIN
Ghana
Training cashew farmers on increasing production of quality cashew nuts and empowering producers within the cashew nut value chain.

LINKING INTO THE FUTURE
Benin
Increasing the cashew production of close to 2,500 small scale farm producers working in the cashew sector.

ECONOMIC & ECOLOGICAL RESILIENCE
Togo
Improving the food security and income of poor rural farmers in the isolated Northern Savannah region of Northern Togo.


TO CONTACT US ABOUT OUR WORK IN West Africa:



West Africa Regional Office
12 B .P. 418 Ouagadougou 12,
Burkina Faso
Tel. +226 25-37-57-45
Email: westafrica@selfhelpafrica.org