In Togo, the Ministry of Agriculture made an official request to the Fondation Avril and Agropol to support the professionalization of the soybean interprofessional organization, the CIFS (Soybeans Interprofessional Council in Togo).
Drawing on its know-how in structuring commodity chains and managing multi-stakeholder projects, the Foundation intends, through this project, to strengthen its action in favor of protein independence and the structuring of the legume commodity chains in Africa. Ultimately, the structuring of this sector will constitute a model for the implementation of other agricultural sectors in Togo.
Four major strategic projects (Phase 1) have been defined to bring the soybean sector to a level of excellence recognized by the entire international market: access to quality seeds; improvement of the skills of the actors in the sector; traceability; and development of national soybean sectors.
At the same time, following discussions with the CIFS, a training program led by Agropol, Phase 2 will be launched during a joint Fondation Avril/Agropol mission scheduled for January 2021 to evaluate, site by site, the objectives to be achieved and the resources to be mobilized. This phase will lead to the specifications and costing of the projects to be carried out later.