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Ivory Coast produces 40% of the world’s cocoa and its neighbour Burkina Faso is amongst the top producers of cotton in West Africa. Despite this, farmers in these regions are not wealthy. They don’t own large swathes of land, have access to limitless crop protection inputs or even insurance in case of a bad harvest. Hundreds of thousands of small-scale growers are desperately reliant on their yields to feed their families, send their kids to school and, if possible, provide basic healthcare to those under their charge.

So what does it take to ensure steady, high quality yields and sustainable land management within this context? How should global companies engaging with farmers in Africa help make agri-business a powerful prospect for all?

Our IT’S AFRICA’S TIME crew brushed up on their French and travelled to Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso to witness Arysta LifeScience’s Applique Bien and ‘Yield Enhancer’ stewardship programmes in action. Building on earlier successes in Brazil, the company uses outdoor classrooms, hands on training at farmer co-operatives, one-on-one engagements and farm visits to help farmers enjoy healthy sustainable yields and remain safe when using crop protection products.

With the focus on Africa as a key agricultural player in the years ahead, partnerships such as these are crucial to the continent and to the lives of its all important growers.

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  • Sifting cocao - Yammasoukro, Ivory Coast
  • Stewardship in action in Burkina Faso Cotton farmer Francis Millogo is visited by an Arysta LifeScience trainer a
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  • ripe cocoa pods Ivory Coast

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Arysta LifeScience

Stewardship
– A Key to Livelihood & Safety

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Francis Milogo is a cotton farmer in Burkina Faso who uses Arysta LifeScience's crop protection products and participates in their yield enhancement program. With Arysta's training Francis was able to increase his crop yields, which in turn allowed him to pay for his children's schooling and save towards the family's heathcare.  
Stephane Koffi, travelling technical engineer in charge of Arysta LifeScience's Applique Bien Programme training unit, explains how important training is to reduce wastage of products and loss of income. "A good yield means that the producer can benefit from a sizeable increase and in turn take care of himself and his family."  
John Street, Head of Global Regulatory Compliance for Arysta LifeScience, explains how Arysta's business model helps them to better understand the grower's need, helping the farmers to produce better crops with higher yields and resulting in a better income. "It's not just about selling products today, but it's about building better relationships with customers and delivering tangible benefits for them that improve the quality of their lives."

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