RESIST - Support and assistance to shea sectors' actors

January 2018
December 2020
Project cost
2 000 000 €
Role in the project
Expertise - shea sector


Burkina Faso


Agriculture Agroprocessing Biodiversity Market



Main goals

RESIST (Resilience, Ecology, Strengthening, Independence, Structuring, Training) proposes joint actions to support and assist targeted actors in the shea sector, renewal and access of the shea resource, the professionalization of the structures, the mechanization of processes and the reduction of environmental impacts through two components: sustainability project (GSA / USAID) and resilience project (SEQUA / M&L Laboratories)

Specific objectives

The partner organizations in Burkina Faso are professionalizing, consolidating, acquiring markets and providing tailored services that secure their members’ incomes on a sustainable basis


Six shea butter production organizations / commercial partners were targeted for this support: NUNUA (Léo), UGPPK-Houet (Bobo), UGPPK-Comoé (Banfora), UGF/CDN (Réo), FUAPROKA (Ouagadougou), RAGUSSI (Tanghin Dassouri) and are an integral part of the coordination and implementation mechanism of the RESIST program.


R1. The partner organizations produce in an environmentally sustainable and responsible manner
R2. Female members of the partner organizations have diversified, consolidated / improved their incomes
R3. The partner organizations are better structured and manage to diversify and consolidate markets


A1. Sustainable and secured access for women members of the partner organizations to shea
A2. Less arduous and environmentally friendly production with shea kernels that meet quality standards
A3. Collection and marketing of kernels are effective and handled by UGPPK-Houet and UGPPK-Comoé which consolidate and increase incomes of their members
A4. Shea butter production is meeting quality standards as well as attractiveness and competitiveness
A5. Increased capacity production of NUNUNA and UGF / CDN in shea butter : a reduction in the painfulness of work combined with the reduction of environmental impacts and an increase in members' income
A6. Income diversification and better organization of production & marketing of the RAGUSSI and FUAPROKA bissap with a consolidation and an increase in members' income
A7. Improved governance (better administrative & financial management, transparency, etc.), improved membership and cohesion between cooperatives and their members
A8. Consolidation of trade relations and improvement of market access for shea butter

Related people

Country representative in Burkina-Faso

Souleymane Jules Gaye

Holder of a Master II in "Accounting and Financial Management" from the International School of Engineering (INSOFE), Boston, USA, he brings his expertise in sustainable community development in West Africa, particularly in the fields of identification and enhancement of local individual or collective initiatives

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Project Manager / Bioenergy & Waste / France

Loïc Simonnot

Engineer in international agro-development from ISTOM, he has high-level expertise recognized by both the public and the private sector, in the shea sector: producers’ organizations, production, processing, marketing and on reducing environmental impacts of processing

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