Sojagnon: shaping the Beninese soy system to meet the challenges of an emerging market

Mênouwesso Harold Hounhouigan, Ken M.G. Kounouewa, Connetie Ayesiga, Paul T.M. Ingenbleek

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Soybean value chains are an important means to supply the growing demand for protein in Africa and a source of income for farmers and processors. In Benin, the functioning of chains is however hindered by heterogeneous quality levels, the entrance of foreign traders, and a lack of support from the government and macro-level organizations. The local nongovernmental organization Sojagnon (the association of development of soybeans in Benin) has the mission to reorganize the Beninese soy system. It worked among others on the improvement of seed quality, the professionalization of farmers and processors, the development of a soybean value chain. In this case study, Patrice Sèwadé, Sojagnon’s chairman reflects on the interventions of the past years and wonders what the next actions should be. The case highlights the role of local entrepreneurs and organizations in the rapid transformation of the African agri-food environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-156
JournalInternational Food and Agribusiness Management Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 5 Nov 2019

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