With 8 million inhabitants and a surface area of 56,785 square kilometers, Togo is one of Africa’s most densely populated countries. The gross domestic product per capita amounts to 679 US dollars.

Agriculture constitutes 40% of the Togolese GDP, and about two third of the population work in this sector. The country regularly faces floods and drought, which have serious consequences for the both the people and the livestock: degradation of the soil, animal losses, decreases in yields, and rising rural exodus.

Forest degradation is another major concern: it is an additional threat to biodiversity and food security. In 2004, the Togolese government listed the Abdoulaye forest as a nature conservation area. As a result, the communities that had lived there had to start finding alternative sources of income and thus an alternative way of life, as they had previously been used to hunt their daily food in that very forest.

VSF-Suisse was asked to support the people in bringing environmental protection in line with alternative, sustainable livelihoods. Ever since, we have been training auxiliary veterinarians, have distributed healthy livestock to families in need, and have launched various training sessions and campaigns to raise awareness on environmental protection.

Key activities

  • Training of beekeepers and shea processors through CEPs (“Champs école des producteurs pour les petits éleveurs”)
  • Consumer awareness-raising (in markets, fairs, restaurants, by telephone and door-to-door) on good practices adopted by professionals and informal actors in the meat value chain
  • Training and certification for actors in the informal meat sector
  • Establishment of community milk processing units
  • Training of women wagashi processors and traders in business development and finance

Impressions of a vaccination campaign against Peste des petits ruminants PPR

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On the ground since: 2002

Number of current projects: 4

Number of staff: 5

Offices: Country Office in Lomé

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA, supports programmes in this country.

Current projects

Reference projects


For healthy animals in Togo

For healthy animals in Togo

Together with our partners in Togo, we support cooperatives of smallholder farmers in their fight against animal diseases. Since September of this year, more than 30 of these cooperatives have benefited from the establishment of an animal health fund that allows them...

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