The massive use of chemical inputs leads to pollution of water, soil and the atmosphere. Indeed, in recent years, the intensification of the use of chemical inputs and the trend towards monoculture have endangered the ecological balance. They destabilize the reproductive capacities of soils and the preservation of plant and animal species, and the climatic environment.

In the savannah region of Togo, particularly in the cantons of Sissiak and Doukpergou, agricultural producers are suffering from the consequences of the loss of fertility of agricultural land and the degradation of natural resources. The consequences are, among others (i) a fall in crop yields with the corollary of recurrent food insecurity; (ii) a reduction in producers’ incomes and thus a remarkable inability of producers to meet, without being indebted, certain household needs; and (iii) a loss of woody species useful to man and his environment. In cereal and market garden production, there is also an increased and inappropriate use of mineral fertilizers, whose response often remains weak and limited in time, and a widespread use of herbicides and other pesticides whose origins are unknown.

Faced with these observations and negative effects, Inades-Formation has undertaken, since November 2013, to work on the promotion of food systems based on family farming, taking into account the stakes of agroecology.

It is within this framework that Inades-Formation Togo, in close partnership with the Regional Union of Savannah Cereal Producers’ Organizations (UROPC-S), is implementing the “Support project for the agro-ecological transition of family farms to improve the level of food sovereignty and income of producers in the cantons of Sissiak and Doukpergou in the Savannah region of Togo” with MISEREOR funding. In the implementation of this project, it is planned to set up two production and marketing units for organic inputs in the two beneficiary cantons.

A support mission of the General Secretariat (GS) of Inades-Formation was organized to accompany the project team and the beneficiaries in the construction of this economic model. It is a green economy model based on the development of collective agricultural entrepreneurship (ECAGRI) around ecological inputs.

This mission conducted from March 9 to 13, 2020 in Dapaong by Mr. Alphonse KOUAME, Food Systems Project Manager at Inades-Formation SG, supported by a national consultant, Mr. Tchoekewo MAKENOU, has helped lay the foundations of this pilot initiative on collective agricultural entrepreneurship around organic inputs.

Exchange session with stakeholders on the organic input production site in Sissiak-centre

The workshop organized for this purpose was attended by the Inades-Formation Togo project team, managers from UOPC (Union cantonale des organisations de producteurs de céréales) and UROPC-S, and a representative of ICAT (Institut de Conseil et d’Appui Technique, the national agricultural advisory service). This workshop was an opportunity for the participants to appropriate the contours of collective agricultural entrepreneurship (ECAGRI) and to adapt it to the case of organic inputs.

Two initiatives were visited in the field. They were the site of the Unit under construction at Sissiak centre, one of the two production units to be set up by the Inades-Formation Togo project, and the compost production and marketing unit of the Association Féminine pour la Propreté et l’Hygiène (AFPHY) in Dapaong. These visits allowed to exchange with stakeholders on current initiatives and to collect information and data in the field. This information helped to adjust or consolidate certain strategies or actions that had been defined during the work carried out in the workshop.

Exchange session-with the women’s organization-AFPHY

Inputs promoted by Inades-Formation Trade name and label Packaging
  Biofertilizer    
1 Bokashi UPCIO-Bokashi

Soil amendment, improves soil structure and texture

Sac de 50kg

Sachet de 10 kg

2 Supermagro liquid UPCIO-Supermagro

Foliar Fertilizer rich in Nitrogen

5 l canist

1 l canist

3 Phosphite UPCIO-Phosphite

Poudre riche en phosphore, calcium et potassium

1 kg bag
4 Engrais liquide à base de noix de coco, d’ananas, d’orange et sucre) UPCIO-PK

Powder rich in phosphorus, calcium and potassium

 1 l canist

0,5 l canist

5 Biochar UPCIO-Biochar

Improves the structure and texture of the soil, promotes the biological life of the soil, Bio charcoal

50 kg bag

25 kg bag

  Bio pesticides    
6 APICHI (mixture of chilli pepper, black pepper, garlic, alcohol and sugar water solution) UPCIO-APICHI

Insecticide against soft-bodied insects (caterpillars, whitefly, aphids, …)

5 l canist

1 l canist

7 Lime sulfur broth UPCIO-Fungal

Fongicide

5 l canist

1 l canist

8 Neem oil UPCIO-Neem

Broad-spectrum insecticide

1 l canist

Among the main results obtained, we note (i) the choice of the type of organization to be set up in Sissiak and Doukpergou, it will be simplified cooperative societies (SCOOPS) which will be called Unit for the Production and Marketing of Organic Inputs (UPCIO): UPCIO-Sissiak, UPCIO-Doukpergou and definition of the operating organs and their composition; (ii) the choice of organic inputs to be produced; (iii) the estimation of the installation costs of the units; (iv) the elaboration of the commercial strategy for the UPCIOs.

Communication General Secretariat

Inades-Formation Togo in its commitment to promote food sovereignty took part from April 11 to 13, 2019 in the National Forum of Togolese Farmers (FNPT). This is a meeting of business opportunities that allowed its agricultural partners (actors of the food sovereignty project) to exhibit their products, enrich their address book and forge new partnerships.

Well packaged and labelled fonio, packaged fonio flour, common bean, fonio and bean seeds, food brochures, Inades-Formation booklets on agriculture, livestock, business management: these are some of the articles from this national forum on the Inades-Formation Togo stand. For this 11th edition, the reflections revolved around the theme: “agricultural processing poles to enhance the potential in Togo: a new vision translated by the NDP”. This is an opportunity for the actors of the food sovereignty project to highlight the products of their harvest.

Clearly, visitors were amazed and satisfied with the beauty of the product: “without a doubt, the quality is there. It’s my first time seeing the fonio so nicely wrapped up. It is already building my appetite,” said one of the Aklesso visitors. Even the elected representative of the people, the Honorable Abass KABOUA, came to the Inades-Formation Togo stand. He congratulated private organizations for their contribution to development and their commitment to promoting local products. He appreciated the packaging of the fonio ”Ovali” and promised to promote it as much as possible.

Public debates and conferences focused on various themes at this give and take meeting. Panels from several sectors were run, including one on the fonio sector, to which the Inades-Formation Togo delegation composed of seed companies, producers and processors strongly contributed for the improvement of this sector.

Panel on the fonio sector

This forum allowed Inades-Formation Togo to capitalize on some achievements: a Whatsapp platform was created. It brings together national stakeholders in the sector. The delegation entered into negotiations with other operators with a view to developing a possible business relationship. The agricultural partners also discussed with delegates from the MIFA (agricultural financing incentive mechanism) on the modalities of collaboration.

The Forum aims to strengthen the development dynamics of agricultural processing poles through the organization, structuring and financing of agricultural value chains in order to effectively contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the National Development Program (NDP). More than six hundred (600) actors from the agricultural world from Togo and elsewhere took part in this meeting.

The meeting was opened by the Minister of Agriculture, Noël Koutéra BATAKA. In his speech, he recalled the government’s actions aimed at making Togolese agriculture competitive, resilient and income-generating, as outlined in the National Development Plan (2018-2022 NDP). He also congratulated and encouraged non-governmental organizations and private structures for supporting grassroots communities for a developed, prosperous and influential rural world.

The Honorable Abass KABOUA inviting visitors to local consumption

Project “Partners for Inclusive Development” of Inades-Formation Togo reduces the exclusion of people with disabilities

“Exclusion is more expensive than inclusion”

From local development to inclusive local development, Inades-Formation Togo is focusing now on taking vulnerable groups into account in its daily work and in accompanying communities.

White cane shed during the Open Day in Attitogon-Togo

In implementing the Local Governance Support and Endogenous Initiative Valuation Program (PAGVIE), Inades-Formation Togo is implementing a new project called “Communities Partenaires pour une Inclusive Development “. The cantons of Attitogon, Momé Atchangbadè and the municipality of Adéta constitute the target areas of this project, which takes into account vulnerable groups, especially disabled people, who are often excluded from local development.

Three results are at the end of this project, namely:

Persons with disabilities are represented in bodies and participate in the development of their communities;
Basic social services are easily accessible to people with disabilities in local communities;
The economic situation of persons with disabilities is improved.
Inades-Formation Togo, after a basic study in these four (4) communities, with the financial support of its partners, Bread For The World (PPLM) and Christian Blind Mission (CBM), carried out the official launch activities in the zones Targeted and on the training of certain key actors (chiefs, grassroots development committee, opinion leaders, community leaders, religious groups, savings and credit groups, some other partners) on disability and inclusive development.

In addition, four (4) open days as well as radio programs initiated by the local media (local radios) were also organized in these communities in order to awaken citizens’ awareness of the importance of taking into account Disability in community development initiatives.

In this accompanying dynamic, three (3) clusters are mainly affected: the inclusion of grassroots development committees and texts such as development plans, easy access to socio-community infrastructure and financial mechanisms at the grassroots level Especially in rural areas for persons with disabilities and the effective enjoyment of the rights of persons with disabilities in families and communities.

Changes in the assets of this project

Since its implementation, through training and awareness-raising on the rights of people with disabilities, local authorities in the intervention zones invite disabled people and their associations to community meetings.

16% of Development Committees at the Base have been made inclusive (6 out of 38) and each has a disabled person in the offices. The renewal of the other committees will continue in 2017 and will also be made inclusive.

Inades-Formation Togo now has a key partner represented by the Journalist-Handicap platform as a communication channel to support and strengthen community awareness.

Training of People with Disabilities on AGR-Togo

The project helped to change the architecture of some public buildings in Adeta and Momé by making them inclusive through the addition of ramps, thus enabling people with disabilities to have easy access to these buildings. “I can now come to your office, director.” This is the expression of a person with a motor impairment against the Director of the College of General Education (CEG) of the city of Adta.

In this same momentum, Inades-Formation Togo also made its national office inclusive.