Shea: AfDB and GSA support female collectors in Togo and Burkina with $1.4 million

Wednesday, 08 March 2023 16:02
Shea: AfDB and GSA support female collectors in Togo and Burkina with $1.4 million

(Togo First) - Shea collectors in Togo and Burkina Faso will get from the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Global Shea Alliance (GSA) $1.4 million to grow their business.

The facility falls under an agreement recently signed by the AfDB and GSA, for a climate resilience project covering both countries. The project is entitled "Towards Climate Resilient Shea Communities in Togo and Burkina Faso," and it will last two years. With the goal of making 7,500 women shea collectors and their communities (more than 30,000 people) less vulnerable to climate change, the project will also help beneficiaries earn more from their shea and beekeeping businesses, as well as improve management practices in the covered communities.

In detail, the GSA and AfDB will respectively provide $400,000 and $996,700 for the project. The money provided by the AfDB will come from the African Climate Change Fund.

Besides funds, the project will include training in cooperative development and business management, conservation equipment for shea cooperatives, training in beekeeping and park management, and training in tree planting and natural regeneration.

"This project in Togo and Burkina Faso will build community resilience and help address the root causes of gender inequality and climate change impacts in the project area. Addressing gender inequality is central to the fight against climate change in Africa," said Rita Effah, coordinator of the Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF) at the AfDB.

"While the GSA is doing a lot to mitigate these problems and diversify women's sources of income in the shea sector, we are happy to get more support through this project and to work with the African Development Bank Group to provide gender-responsive and transformative solutions for climate resilience," said Simballa Sylla, President of GSA.

The GSA is a global organization of shea producers whose goal is to improve the living conditions of shea producers in West Africa and promote the sustainable use of this resource. It currently recruits service providers for the project.

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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