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Fact Sheets: Sesame Marketing and Exports

LWR SESAME Burkina Faso

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) is leading the five-year project, Sesame Marketing and Exports (SESAME) in Burkina Faso. Sesame production has grown 1,500% between 2007 and 2012*. Despite farmers’ production gains, sesame buyers prefer to work through intermediaries as opposed to investing directly into farmers. This preference is due to several challenges, including low quality sesame that does not meet export standards; limited farmer knowledge of improved post-harvest handling techniques to maximize quality sesame production; lack of access to financial services; and an absence of coordination between sesame buyers and sellers.

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