Lutheran World Relief, with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Foreign Agricultural Service’s Food for Progress program, is launching a five-year effort to reduce poverty by increasing the incomes of poor rural farm families in Burkina Faso through enhancing the production, marketing and export of sesame.

The Sesame Marketing and Exports (SESAME) project will assist more than 500,000 people directly and indirectly by working with farmers, agricultural cooperatives, buyers and others to improve the quality of sesame to meet the high standards of the lucrative export market and to enhance marketing efforts.

“This is an exciting opportunity to have a real impact in improving the lives of half a million people in Burkina Faso by partnering with the United States Department of Agriculture,” said Ambassador Daniel V. Speckhard, LWR’s president & CEO. “With its market-oriented approach and engagement with the entire sesame value chain, it is a great fit with LWR’s strategic approach to sustainable, agricultural development and poverty alleviation.”

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