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The USDA-funded Food for Progress Revenue through Cotton Livelihoods, Trade, and Equity (RECOLTE) project has significantly contributed to upgrading the organic cotton value chain and improved the livelihoods of vulnerable smallholder producers. The producers are in seven regions in Burkina Faso: Comeo, Ioba, Ziro, Nayala, Oubritenga, Boulgou, Gourma, and Kossi. Project activities focused on strengthening 255 farmer groups, increasing organic cotton production, and increasing the capacity of the National Cotton Producer’s Union of Burkina in management and linking the union to the international market for increased organic cotton trade. As the organic cotton production involves rotation crops, CRS has also been promoting soy, sesame, peanut, and shea production. CRS has been linking these producers with service providers to provide intensive training and advisory support for organic cotton production. The program offers microloans to women for income-generating activities via a revolving fund. Implementing partners, the Ministry of Agriculture, and technical partners provided extension support through demonstration plots and structures, and input supply networks.
As per the donor approved RECOLTE Evaluation Plan, the final evaluation is to be conducted August - October 2018.
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