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 resources

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Midterm Evaluation of the Burkina Faso Sesame Marketing and Export (SESAME) Project

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Brochure - Classification of sesame in Burkina Faso

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Our training and services related to market information

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2017-2018 sesame campaign outcomes and 2018-2019 outlooks

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Poster - The sources of sesame contamination!

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Poster - Stop the contamination of sesame during storage!

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Poster - Stop sesame contamination during transport!

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Study on sesame sector’s norms and standards in Burkina Faso

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Image box - Sesame Good cultural practices


Image Box - Sesame market - Supply & Demand - Producer & Consumer countries

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The sesame sector in 2013 : Book 5 - Sesame market and marketing

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A Guide for exporters - Burkina Faso (Clasquin)

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Thesis - "La filière sésame au Burkina Faso - Stratégies d'appui aux acteurs"

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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 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 / 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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Project officer

Michel Ouali

Graduated with a diploma of Technician Superior (BTS) of agriculture he brings his expertise in the supervision of the peasant world in the promotion of innovative agricultural techniques. Much more comfortable in the field, he is illustrated in the organization, training, monitoring and support-advice of the rural world. He worked at the Matourkou Polyvalent Agricultural Center (Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso) and at the International Center for Research and Development on Subhumid Livestock Farming (CIRDES).

Project officer

Caroline Bassono

She graduated from the agronomy school of Rennes, Agrocampus Ouest, specialized in Plant Science and Productions - Agrosystems Engineering. She brings her expertise in the development of sustainable farming systems, the support of producers in improving their practices, the creation of training materials on production and post-harvest techniques (sesame) and agroecology

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Project officer

Sophie Yaogo

Graduate of a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from the National University of Taiwan (College of Bio-resources and Agriculture), and a Master of Economics and Management of Enterprises of Social and Solidarity Economy from Ouaga University II , she has skills in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating sustainable development projects, analyzing agricultural value chains and agricultural products valorization

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Moussa Bingboure

Graduate of a Master in Economics and Management, option Agricultural Economics and Environment at Norbert Zongo University, specialty: Natural Resource Management and Rural / Sustainable Development. He brings expertise in sustainable community development in agriculture, natural resource management, project design and coordination, value chain analysis, and social and environmental impacts.

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Sansan Hien

Graduate of a Master in Project Management from the Higher Institute of Professional Departments of Bobo-Dioulasso and a Master in Agricultural Economics and Environment-University Norbert Zongo, he brings his expertise in integrated management of agricultural enterprises and agribusiness, monitoring and evaluation system, analysis of agricultural markets and strengthening actors in agricultural value chains

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David Yonli

Driver with experience as a tour guide, he brings all his experience in the management of logistics, preparation and organization of field missions.

Project officer

Ida Drabo

Graduated as Design Engineer in Agricultural Extension at the University Nazi Boni Bobo Dioulasso-Burkina Faso, she brings her expertise in supporting producers in the adoption of innovative technologies. In particular the support and the accompaniment of the actors of the sector in the marketing of shea on the national and international level

Financial and administrative manager / Burkina

Alice Lompo

She holds a Master II in Finance and Accounting, Alice worked in several NGOs in Burkina Faso before joining Nitidæ in July 2019. She occupies currently the position of Administrative and Financial Manager of the Representation of the Burkina Faso