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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.

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Project presentation note

Inades-Formation implements a project that consists in identifying in African countries, actors (NGOs / Development associations, research institutes, farmers’ organisations, schools / academic institutions, individuals) and to capitalise their experiences, in two following fields:

  • Practices related to the adaptation of rural populations to climate change and / or mitigation / softening of its effects;
  • Inclusive1 Local Governance Initiatives for populations’ resilience to Climate Change;

Focus will be placed on experiences ensuring the participation of rural women or responding to their needs.

The project covers the period 2019-2020. The area of intervention is spread over three regions of Africa (West, Central and East), with a concentration on the following countries: Burkina Faso, Benin, Togo, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Chad, Cameroon, DR Congo, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Burundi and Tanzania

Concretely, it will deal with identifying actors who have experiences in one or in two categories of themes and to accompany them to document learning shareable according to the work carried out and the effects triggered within the community.

Actors-bearers of experiences in these two fields or one of these fields will be selected on the basis of a call for proposals. Thus, the best actors-bearers of experiences will be selected on the basis of their technical content, professional reference and financial proposal to document an experience.

At least 25 experiences in each of these fields (at least 50 experiences in total) will be selected. The diversity of actor-bearers, experiences and countries will be preferred as much as possible.

Thus, actors-bearers of experiences selected will be initiated to the methodology to follow to capitalise their experiences. They will benefit from a financial aid for the work expected by experience selected for capitalisation.

This work will allow the transformation of these experiences into shareable knowledge, valorisation of exemplary actions, emulation and scaling up in African countries and elsewhere. Products (written and audiovisual media) will be made available to each actor and disseminated on a large scale through different channels.

A directory of actors-bearers of experiences will be constituted. Then, an electronic platform of these actors-bearers will be set up and animated to continue a dynamic exchange of experiences.

To make capitalised experiences accessible to the general public and thus enhancing the work of the actors who bear them, the products of capitalisation will be summarised in the form of sheets of presentation which will be proposed. Then there will be a summary in one publishable document.

Some exemplary experiences will be selected to produce audio-visual aids. Edited videos will be compiled on a single audio-visual aid and shared.

The media produced will be widely disseminated through digitisation, put online, different channels – the organisation of a public conference, participation in public events for exhibition-distribution, network exploitation in which Inades-Formation and the actors of the project campaign, the contribution of their partners. Radio and television broadcasts are also envisaged.