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Benin

Overview

Over the last decade, the Government of Benin has developed a number of strategic frameworks that place agriculture at the centre of the country’s development and contribute to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) objectives. As of early 2017, a review of the Strategic Plan to Revive the Agricultural Sector (PSRSA) is underway, and a new National Development Fund for Agriculture (FNDA) is in the processes of being operationalized. These processes in the agriculture sector are also guided by the Government’s "Bénin Révélé" programme, launched in December 2016.

The overall objective of the strategic frameworks introduced in the agriculture sector is to improve Benin’s agricultural performance to a level that ensures food sovereignty, contributes to the socioeconomic development of the country, and achieves sustainable poverty reduction. A fundamental guiding principle is the establishment of public-private partnerships for agricultural development.

Priority agricultural commodities identified in Benin’s National Agricultural Investment Plan (NAIP) are maize, rice, cassava, cotton, pineapple, cashew, oil palm, vegetables, meat, milk, eggs, and fish / shrimp. Of these, the highest priority value chains are maize, rice, pineapple, vegetables, poultry and aquaculture.

Grow Africa Priority Activities in Benin

  • Grow Africa is prioritising the pineapple value chain in Benin.  In September 2017, Grow Africa and the inter-professional Association of Pineapple of Benin launched the country’s first inclusive pineapple multi-stakeholder platform. The platform aims to bring together producers, processors, distributors, researchers and financiers in a more structured organization and to generate business cases to match investment opportunities.  

Going forward, Pineapple remains a priority as the nation’s third most important agricultural export after cotton and cashew, with a high level of smallholder participation (with more than 15,000 farmers), and the Government seeking to double pineapple production. Between February and April 2018, IDH (the Sustainable Initiative Trade) and Grow Africa assigned Dalberg to carry out a robust business case and market opportunity study for development of commercial production and market in the pineapple sector in Benin. The business case study offers fresh insights into the commercialisation and investment opportunities that exist for the pineapple sector which, if adequately exploited would help the sector to expand its market both regionally and internationally in the medium term, with a target to generate a total of $213 million and create 3500 new jobs by 2025. 

  • Beyond pineapple, Grow Africa has worked with an informal grouping of companies to create a more robust body representing agribusiness investors to interface with government and the donor partners. The group is now working to attain formal consultative status as a ‘Groupement d’Interêts Economiques’ (GIE).  Grow Africa will continue to work with the agribusiness working group to achieve GIE status, and to structure its work in order to optimise its representative capabilities. This will include supporting the development of a business plan and a formal organisational structure.
Key Results
  • Grow Africa partnered with the Pineapple Inter-professional Association of Benin (AIAB) to establish an inclusive pineapple multi stakeholder platform to support investment mobilisation in the value chain and contribute to the country’s export diversification initiative. The platform works to the benefit of over 1,600 smallholders already active under the platform.
  • A business case study was commissioned to identify tangible areas of investment in the pineapple value chain. The business case study offers fresh insights into the commercialisation and investment opportunities that exist for the pineapple sector which, if adequately exploited would help the sector to expand its market both regionally and internationally in the medium term, with a target to generate a total of $213 million and create 3500 new jobs by 2025.
  • Beyond pineapple, Grow Africa has worked with an informal grouping of companies to create a more robust body representing agribusiness investors to interface with government and the donor partners. The group is now working to attain formal consultative status as a ‘Groupement d’Interêts Economiques’ (GIE).