On the occasion of the official launch of PrAACoFAT, the resident director of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) made a feedback to the reasons behind the actions of his institution in the agricultural sector in Togo.
"Our actions aim to increase output and employment. We are trying to create added value and a transformation on the ground so that the economic benefit stays in the country as much as possible. In the end, we aim to fight poverty within the Togolese population,"says Dr. Markus Wagner.
In the field of agriculture and rural development, for example, GIZ supports small farmers through intensive training.
"About 18,000 smallholder farmers have been trained in what is called Farmer Business School (FBS), an approach that develops financial literacy so they can grow a business in order to leave subsistence for the marketing, "he explains.
Develop the pineapple value chain
Dr. Markus Wagner and his institution are in charge of the implementation of the Support Project for Improving the Competitiveness of the Pineapple Industry in Togo (PrAACoFAT), financed at 3.9 billion CFA by the European Union and Germany.
Its main objective is to facilitate market access for smallholder farmers by reducing their production and marketing costs.
It will among others support for 5 years (2018-2022) five medium-sized companies and about twenty small and micro enterprises.
"The project's ambition is to introduce Togo's pineapple and its derivatives to international markets, increase demand and make it a medium for a better valuation of other locally produced fruits", says Dr. Wagner.
PrAACoFAT benefits from the support of the government which focuses on the development of value chains, especially in the pineapple sector.
In addition to agriculture, GIZ is also active in Togo in the fields of renewable energies, biodiversity, sustainable forest resource management and reforestation.