SHEA GETS GREENER - Development of a shea butter supply chain with high environmental and social added value to create jobs and large-scale sales for artisanal producers

December 2021
April 2024
Project cost
1 068 000 €
Role in the project
Expertise shea sector


Côte d’Ivoire Mali


Agriculture Organic Agriculture Agroprocessing Market



Main goals

Integrate 5,400 artisanal shea collectors and producers in Côte d'Ivoire and Mali into a long-term business relationship with Savannah Fruits Company, which generates real income opportunities for shea collectors and producers and is accompanied by the dissemination of organic farming practices and production equipment that reduce the social and environmental externalities of the activity


  • 4000 women shea collectors
  • 1400 women shea butter producers
  • 7 shea butter production centers
  • 2 shea kernel production centers


R1. Organization and consolidation of organization's network of women shea producers (PO) that supply the SFC company
R2. Development of shea production capacities of partner POs and reduction of environmental impacts of post-harvest and butter extraction processes
R3. Development and certification of production practices in organic shea farming


A1. Identification and diagnosis of partner organizations of women shea producers in Ivory Coast and Mali. The diagnostic work will focus on: the functioning and structuring of the cooperatives; the installed production practices and capacities; the existing and potential organic shea resources.
A2. Support and training of women shea producers' organizations to strengthen their structuring and functioning, particularly with regard to marketing management and the management of collective production equipment.
A3. Installation or improvement of 7 shea butter production centers to increase production capacity, improve working conditions for operators and reduce environmental impacts.
A4. Installation of 3 post-harvest processing centers for the production of shea kernels to improve the quality and traceability of the kernels, as well as to improve the working conditions of the operators and reduce the environmental impact.
A5. Training and support in the use of the installed production equipment, in the organization of work and in good production practices at the treatment and production centres.
A6. Support for certification and training in organic shea production.

The project is supported by the USAID-funded West Africa Trade & Investment Hub

Related people

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Loïc Simonnot

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Country representative in Côte d'Ivoire

Benjamin Garnier

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Country representative in Mali

Frederic De Coster

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Caroline Bassono

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Fabienne Koffi

Holder of a master's degree in Management of Agropastoral Companies and Organizations and a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Agropastoral Management from the Institute of Agro-Pastoral Management at the University of Korhogo (Côte d'Ivoire), she has experience as a technician , advisor and trainer in various agricultural structures. Today, she brings her expertise and experience to the team as an agricultural and local development facilitator

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François Griffon

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Project Manager / Agriculture & Market / France

Julien Gonnet

Holder of a Professional Master II in Sustainable Development from the University of Geneva and a Master I in Geography from the University of Jean Moulin, he brings his expertise in project building and project management on agricultural markets, the use of ICT within the agriculture sector, the implementation of certification (organic, fair...) and engineering training

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Financial and Administrative Officer / Mali

Seyidina Oumar Sall

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Mekeu Jules Dorgeles Gomeu

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Abel Dègnimon Sogbegnon

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Project officer / Bioenergy & Waste / Benin

Arnaud Niesz

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Bakary Tanko Soro

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Jean Stanislas Niamien Kouadio

Holder of an engineering degree in agronomic techniques, agroforestry option and specialist in organic certifications, he joined the Côte d'Ivoire team in May 2022 as technical manager for certifications and support to the shea farmers' organizations of the "Shea Gets Greener" project. He is based in Korhogo.

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

PO Structuring Technical Manager / Agriculture & Market / Mali

Traoré Dramane

He has a master's degree in management from the Faculty of Management and Economics of Bamako. He was trained as a master trainer in the cashew value chain. He has 8 years of experience in agricultural value chains, particularly cashew nuts, in particular for the professionalization of POs and local marketing

Shea intern in the Shea Gets Greener project

Salimata Traoré

A graduate in computer secretariat at the Institut Ivoire Prestige Formation in Bouaké, she had the opportunity to work in the Tchéregnimin cooperative, a cooperative specializing in the production of shea butter in Korhogo. In contact with women, she acquired a very good experience in the collection of shea kernels and their transformation into butter

Field animator / Agriculture & Market / Côte d'Ivoire

Nanga Soro

He holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Agropastoral Management obtained at the Higher Institute of Agropastoral Management of the University Peleforo Gon Coulibaly of Korhogo. He joined the team as a facilitator on the shea sector

Financial and administrative officer / Mali

Fatoumata Karambe

She holds a Master's degree in Audit and Management Control from the Gaston Berger University of Saint-Louis in Senegal. She then worked for 3 years as an Administrative and Accounting Assistant in a World Bank project

Field animator / Agriculture & Market / Mali

Amadou Bella Diallo

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N’guessan Yannick Kouakou

Holder of a Master's degree in Management of agropastoral companies and organizations and a Bachelor's degree in economics and agropastoral management at the Institute of Agropast…