HORTIPLUS

The HortiPlus project was initiated to accelerate the development of the horticultural sector in Burkina Faso. It is designed to provide pragmatic, tailored solutions to the challenges facing the horticultural sector in Burkina Faso, which are linked to the sector's vulnerability to climatic shocks, producers' limited access to production factors, price instability, low public awareness of the impact of fruit and vegetable consumption on health, and weak public action in the sector. The aim of the global project is to contribute to improving food and nutritional security in Burkina Faso. The project supports the development of six (06) horticultural sectors. These are: onions, tomatoes, cabbage, amaranth, peppers and strawberries. It covers five (06) regions: Centre, Centre Nord, Centre Ouest, Boucle du Mouhoun, Plateau Central and Haust-Bassins. The implementation period is four (04) years, from December 2022 to November 2026.

The project in figures

07
Cooperatives

Improving the commercial performance of 07 cooperatives

100
small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

Improving the sales performance of 100 SMEs

7000
Residents

Strengthening the climate resilience of 7000 Horticulturalists

50000
rural consumers

Improving dietary diversity for 50,000 rural consumers

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Context

Fruits and vegetables are important sources of vitamins and minerals. Better nutrition is known to improve infant, child and maternal health, strengthen the immune system, ensure safe pregnancy and childbirth, reduce the risk of disease and increase longevity. Well-nourished people are more productive and can make better decisions that help them break the cycle of poverty and hunger.

More than half of Burkinabe households do not have access to a variety of healthy foods. The situation is even worse for the consumption of horticultural produce. Despite growth in fruit and vegetable production, consumption remains very low; only 5.1% of Burkinabe households eat enough fruit and/or vegetables (Carrico, WUR, 2021). Consumption in urban areas appears to be slightly lower than in rural areas (4.7%). The reasons for low fruit and vegetable consumption are lack of knowledge about their nutritional value, combined with often high prices and fears of contamination. Often, fruit and vegetables are simply not available on the market. Sudden changes in access to food - caused by political instability and internal displacement - have exacerbated national food and nutritional insecurity. The HortiPlus project was therefore initiated with a view to finding solutions to these identified challenges.

Methodology / Approach

The project has two main focuses. The 1st axis consists of supporting 7,000 small-scale farmers to increase their production and productivity, their incomes, their access to financing and the sustainable use of land, as well as promoting food diversity among 50,000 rural consumers. This involves setting up G50 groups and deploying digital tools (AgriCoach, FinanceCoach, NutriCoach) for small-scale farmers, developing horticultural input packages and deploying them on demonstration plots, as well as campaigns on social networks.

The 2nd priority is to improve business operations, access to financing and access to markets for 7 cooperatives and 100 SMEs. This involves business support and twinning for SMEs, cooperative development, setting up an innovation fund, raising financing for SMEs, supporting and deploying Bio-SPG certification, etc.

Achievements / Results

  1. Six (06) crops selected following a feasibility study: onion, tomato, cabbage, amaranth, chilli pepper and strawberry; Seven (07) cooperatives and a Union of Cooperatives selected following an in-depth diagnosis:
    • Union provinciale des sociétés coopératives de producteurs d'oignons du Sanmatenga (UPCPO/SNM)
    • The Songtaaba Departmental Union of Korsimoro
    • Coopérative Horticole NYI-DWI-NYE de Sanguié (SCOOPS NDN/Sanguié)
    • The Namaneg-Zanga cooperative of Boulmiougou strawberry growers
    • Union provinciale des producteurs d'oignons de Balé (UPPOB)
    • The NAKOLBZANGA Union of Loumbila
    • Coopérative Horticole de la Commune de Komsilga (CMCK)

    In addition, 103 SMEs operating in the sectors targeted by the project were identified and selected.

Partners

This project was proudly supported by the following partners.

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