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The Embassy of the Netherlands in Burkina Faso awarded Advance Consulting to lead a consortium to implement Burkina Dry-More; a three-year project (2020-2023) that aims to build a resilient agro-processing sector in Burkina Faso; providing improved revenue and climate resilience to smallholder farmers and sustainable employment to youth and women. The project will focus on the Sahel, Northern, and Cascade regions.

 

In this project, Advance Consulting, together with project partners Sense, Agrodev, Timini and Afrique Verte, proposes to leverage the successes in the mango processing industry in Burkina Faso, by introducing four new products that processors can dry during the mango-off season.

 

Building a resilient and inclusive processing sector for four new value chains

Currently shortlisted products are dried meat, ginger, banana, papaya, hibiscus, lemongrass, and mint. The project will specifically focus on the creation of 850 permanent jobs for women and youth below 35 years, who currently work as seasonal workers in the mango-drying industry. Besides, the project will improve the revenue and climate resilience of 3,000 smallholder farmers, by improving their access to inputs and financing, as well as introducing best practices on sustainable and climate-resilient production.

 

Burkina Dry-More is a market-led project, in which Burkinabe SMEs are the change agents for value chain development. This is why the project will work with 115 companies that have strong management, operational and financial capacity. The project targets to increase their export value and export volume. The project also assists in acquiring financing for the companies and professionalize their operations by them ready for HACCP and Organic and Fairtrade certifications.

 

Vision
Through this project, Advance Consulting and its consortium partners envision an international competitive agro-processing sector in Burkina Faso, which supports a standard of living that meets middle-income criteria for communities in the agriculture sector.

 

“We expect that the country will benefit from primary and secondary processing of a wide array of agricultural products for own consumption and exports, which spurs sustainable economic development and employment,” Sjoerd Herms, Advance Consulting Director explains.  

 

The agro-processing industry in Burkina Faso already is the regional knowledge hub in West Africa for food processing. The project will leverage existing public and private partnerships that work together in running an efficient infrastructure. For more information about this project please contact Titus Sendrowicz (titus@advanceconsulting.nl)