Cashew processors in Benin

Benin

Despite steady growth, Benin’s economy still struggles to provide meaningful poverty reduction and employment opportunities.

As youth in particular seek jobs in urban centers, unemployment is a critical issue in transforming Benin’s economic growth into prosperous livelihoods. Having long depended on trading with Nigeria and inland neighbors thanks to a competitive port in Cotonou, the devaluation of the naira and big port investments in neighboring countries have severely eroded this source of revenue, leading to falling median incomes and rising poverty since 2011. As a result, the economy needs to diversify and increase value-creating activities, taking advantage of new strategic opportunities to generate prosperity. Agriculture provides a unique opportunity to bolster employment, entrepreneurship, and food security, and the cashew sector in particular is ripe for success. TechnoServe is working to expand economic opportunities in Benin by helping farmers, agribusinesses, and entrepreneurs to raise their production levels and connect with lucrative markets, while creating jobs in rural areas.

Visit TechnoServe Benin's country website (in French). 

James Obarowski

James ObarowskiCountry Director, Benin

Immeuble Rouge au 3ieme, Avenue du roi GUEZO, Rue N° 205
Quartier Gbénan, en Face du CSP Gbeto
Cotonou, LIT, Bénin

TechnoServe Benin: Our Impact

Resources

Terms of Reference: BeninCajù Midterm Evaluation

TechnoServe Inc. is inviting bids from qualified firms to participate in this competitive solictiation for the Midterm Evaluation of the BeninCajú project.

Terms of Reference for a Case Study on Reaching Women Farmers in Benin

TechnoServe seeks a firm to compile a case study analyzing the BeninCaju program's women’s economic empowerment approach and document the process, results, and lessons learned gained through the program's efforts to reach and benefit women across the cashew value chain. Questions and proposals can be sent to Cristina Manfre at cmanfre@tns.org.

Survey: COVID-19 Challenges and Responses for African Food Processors, Second Edition

A survey of food processing firms in seven African countries reveals the challenges facing the sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.

RFP: Midterm Evaluator for BeniBiz Project

TechnoServe seeks a service provider to carry out a mid-term external quality assessment of the entrepreneurship project, BeniBiz, in Benin.

Request for Qualifications: Training Curriculum Consultant

TechnoServe Inc. invites you to participate in this competitive solicitation for qualifications related to the position of training curriculum consultant for the cashew industry.

Survey: Africa’s Food Processors in the Face of COVID-19

TechnoServe surveyed 106 food processors, representing seven countries in Africa, on the impact of COVID-19 on their operations. This survey presents our findings.

Challenges and Responses for Africa’s Food Processors Facing COVID-19

TechnoServe offers a guide on the challenges and responses facing food processors during the COVID-19 pandemic, based on a survey of 106 food processors from seven African countries.