Location: Kpalimé, Plateau region, Togo
In Kpalimé, 80% of the population lives from agriculture: food crops (corn, yam, cassava (manioc), rice), cash crops (coffee, cocoa, cotton) and market gardening(tomato, spinach, cabbage).
Despite the fertility of the soil and a favorable climate, the land is little exploited and has little yield for lack of equipment, financial means but also simple knowledge in agronomy. The ecosystem is deteriorated by human practices such as the improper use of chemical fertilizers or unethical deforestation.
Agroforestry is an ancient mode of exploitation, abandoned in favor of modern agriculture. On the same cultivated land, it combines fertilizer trees with food and fruit crops.
This inexpensive technique makes it possible to fix soils, improve their fertility, fight against erosion and optimize yields. Harvests are thus improved while preserving the environment.
- Contribute to the improvement of the socio-economic conditions of farming families
- Contribute to the restoration and preservation of the ecosystem and biodiversity
Duration of the program: January 2017 – December 2020
Beneficiaries: over 4 years, 210 cocoa producers from the villages surrounding Kpalimé, and indirectly the population of the area, the breeders and the state services in agronomy.
Activities to implement agroforestry in the beneficiary villages:
- Sensitization of the population of the villages
- Strengthening the individual and collective capacities of producers: theoretical and practical training
- Plantation and reforestation
- Monitoring of fields and nurseries
- Installation of hives