Smallholder Agricultural Productivity Enhancement Program


SAPEP assists West African smallholders overcome productivity challenges related to soil, seed, training, and market access.


Breaking Down Productivity Barriers in West Africa

SAPEP is designed to overcome major productivity challenges, including poor soil health, limited seed production, poor access to markets and finance, and weak research-extension-farmer linkages, in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Mali, and Niger.

The objective is to increase agricultural productivity and smallholder farmers’ incomes for rainfed and irrigated food crops.

The program seeks to increase the use of integrated soil fertility management (ISFM) technologies by smallholder farmers, enhance access to improved crop varieties, and improve access to financial services and output markets for smallholders and other producers along the agricultural value chain.

Donor: Islamic Development Bank

Duration: 2015-2021

Project Components

Soil Fertility

  • Refinement of ISFM technologies.
  • Set up of first-class laboratory for soil, water, fertilizer, and plant analysis in each of the five countries.
  • Large-scale dissemination of ISFM technologies.


  • Working with scientists for the release of new seed.
  • Support private-sector seed production.
  • Develop seed biosafety and legal framework.

Access to Markets and Finance

  • Assist smallholders in accessing profitable markets.
  • Create linkages between smallholders and financial institutions for agricultural loans.

Anticipated Results:

  • For 500,000 households:
    • Crop yields increased by 70%.
    • Incomes increased by 20% .


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