SESAME (SESAme Marketing and Exports) - Increase the capacity of actors in the sesame value chain to meet export quality standards

October 2016
October 2021
Project cost
800 000 €
Role in the project
Sesame expertise


Burkina Faso


Agriculture Agroprocessing Market



Main goals

SESAme Marketing and Exports is a five-year project implemented by Lutheran World Relief (LWR) to increase:

  • the production and export of high quality sesame through an ICT platform (Information and Communication Technologies) that will facilitate the flow of information and transactions
  • targeted capacity building for producers, associations and exporters
  • access to financial services

Specific objectives

SESAME will allow sustainable partnerships between buyers and sellers, strengthen producers’ associations and ensure long-term impact beyond the project


LWR works with exporters and producer cooperatives, processors, buyers, financial institutions and government entities to increase their ability to meet export quality standards, and improve seller-buyer relations. More than 509,000 people will benefit directly and indirectly from the SESAME project during its implementation


R1. Conduct a study to understand international sesame standards and their impact (technical, financial and social) on the value chain in Burkina Faso
R2. Organize four conferences / workshops (one per region) to disseminate information on industry standards, develop common approaches to products handling and post-harvest storage practices to meet these standards, and on the importance of respecting (for buyers and sellers)
R3. Present the study’s findings on international sesame standards and their impact on the value chain in Burkina Faso at inter-professional meetings bringing together national stakeholders (government, exporters and inputs national supply companies)
R4. Provide support and follow-up through one-on-one meetings with government departments and exporters, to define the terms and conditions for integrating these standards into their business strategies
R5. Develop and disseminate communication materials (radio messages in French and local languages) and visual materials (posters, brochures, leaflets) to raise awareness about standards among producers’ organizations, traders and exporters
R6. Train pickers, transporters and traders on best hygiene practices for handling sesame and PEAs on good agricultural techniques, handling practices and post-harvest storage (to keep sesame clean)


RONGEAD / nitidæ contributes to the following overall project activities:

A1. Market access: facilitate buyer-seller relationships
A6. Infrastructure: handling practices and post-harvest storage
A7. Capacity building: agriculture extension agents / services

Related people

Country representative

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 Officer

François Griffon

Holder of a Master's degree in "Sustainable Farming and Agri-food Systems in the South", specialised in "Markets, Organization, Quality and Services" from Montpellier SupAgro - Institut des Régions Chaudes (IRC), he brings his expertise in sector and value chain analysis, market studies, quality management and farmers' organisations services and support

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Project Manager

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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