In Burkina Faso — where four of five adults work in agriculture — we’re turning the nation’s burgeoning sesame industry into a life-changing opportunity for nearly 100,000 struggling families.
Sesame — highly valued for its seeds and oil — is one of Burkina Faso’s most important exports. But many small-scale producers are not benefitting from the lucrative international market because they are not growing large enough volumes of high-quality sesame and are not well-connected to buyers.
Lutheran World Relief knows that investments in agriculture-centered development create tremendous opportunity to sustainably accelerate the growth of rural economies. Through the U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded Sesame Marketing and Exports (SESAME) project, we’re applying our enterprise-based approach to development to help farming families get the most out of the sesame supply chain.