A woman in Togo harvesting salad

Priority area Agriculture/rural development Achieving food security and creating opportunities

Agriculture is vital to Togo's economic development, food security and labour market. However, at the moment the agricultural sector is still very traditional - there is little technology involved and the focus is on subsistence farming.

At present, there are only few agricultural products that are processed within Togo. Thus, young people in particular see little prospect of finding a job in rural areas and tend to move to the cities.

From production all the way to marketing

Germany's activities are geared towards working closely with smallholders' cooperatives, small and medium-sized processing companies and merchants to improve selected value chains on a pilot basis (coffee, cocoa, cashew, vegetables, pineapple and other fruit). There will be tailor-made courses to enable farmers to increase their yields through sustainable methods, meet international quality standards, lower their production costs, secure sufficient food for themselves and their families, and make an additional income by selling some of their products. New jobs in rural areas are to be created through the local marketing of agricultural products.

New financial products and development of rural roads

At the national level, advice is being provided to the Togolese government on how to improve the environment for agricultural production and for the export of agricultural goods. Moreover, in cooperation with financial service providers loan programmes are being developed that are tailored to the specific conditions of smallholder agriculture. Through the West African Development Bank (BOAD), for example, microcredit is being provided for smallholder farms.

Financial Cooperation funding is used to repair and improve rural roads in order to provide good access and transport conditions to fields and farms throughout the year. The focus is on regions where export crops (cotton and coffee) are grown.

A farmer in Togo draws water from a pond to irrigate his fields.

A farmer in Togo draws water from a pond to irrigate his fields.

A farmer in Togo draws water from a pond to irrigate his fields.

Special initiative 'One World - No Hunger'

Togo is one of the countries which the BMZ supports through its special One World - No Hunger initiative, with the purpose of fostering national food security and increasing people's resilience against hunger crises. Moreover, innovation in the agriculture and food sector is hoped to help increase regional food supplies, boost the incomes of smallholders, and create more employment opportunities. As part of the initiative, a Green Innovation Centre has been set up in Togo.