Togo

Rural Development and Agriculture Programme (ProDRA) – Component: Promotion of Agroforestry and Rural Energy Supplies


As part of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), the Government of Togo has established a national agricultural investment plan. With this policy framework in the background new business models are developed in the country's rural areas.

With the Ministry for Planning, Development and Spacial Management as its partner, the project aims at improving the country's market orientation and fostering the establishment of economic structures such as producer cooperatives, supply contracts, and business services.

The project operates in three regions, close to the towns of Sokodé, Kpalimé and Tsévié. The project areas are based on economic catchment areas.

The project stimulates the development of economic structures by promoting better – and above all sustainable – organisational and contractual arrangements in agriculture, by supporting small enterprises and encouraging the cultivation of biomass, and by developing proposals in response to the policy issues affecting rural development. Business models thus emerge which can be used by the relevant actors in the public sector, private sector and civil society, including cooperatives, and which these actors can then develop further.

In all, the project involves five areas of activity: the development of value chains; building up rural micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs); the promotion of biomass production through agroforestry; support for public-sector service providers in rural development; and advisory services for policy and planning decisions.

Time span
2013 – 2016      

Commissioning body           
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH


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