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Togo For education and sustainable agriculture we nowadays focus on projects in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, D.R. Congo, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
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About 6 million people live in Togo (2009). The capital is Lomé. The official language is French. Indigenous religions are popular, but there are significant Christian and Muslim minorities.
In 1967, Gnassingbé Eyadéma seized power. He died in 2005 after the longest dictatorship in modern African history. The military has since installed his son Faure Gnassingbé as the new President. Read more...
Economy: Togo is among the poorest countries in the world, with a 2012 GDP per capita of only $574. ALmost 40% of the population lives below the international poverty line of US$1.25 a day. Togo is highly dependent on agriculture.
Health: Life expectancy at birth is 58 years. 10% of children die before they reach the age of 5.
Education: Only primary Education is compulsory in Togo. Furthermore, Togolese education suffers from teacher shortages, lower quality in rural areas, and high repetition and dropout rates.
Projects in Togo
Y Care
Vocational and entrepreneurial training for young people from the slums of Lome, 2017-2019
Y Care is the international relief and development agency of the YMCA youth organisation.... more

BØRNEfonden
Improving educational quality for young apprentices, Haho district, 2016-2017
BØRNEFonden (BF) has many years of experience in getting more young people into work in West Africa. BF... more

CREMA
Sustainable conservation and food security for 20 villages, Région Maritime, 2011-2014
In 20 villages in the very poor southeast of Togo, 4.000 farmers are trained in organic farming and... more

Progreso
Organic and fair trade cocoa production, Akebou, 2013-2015
This project from Progreso, the Agro Eco-Louis Bolk Instituut and AVSF wants to stimulate organic cocoa production and... more

Stichting Het R.C. Maagdenhuis
Job placement programs for underprivileged women, Lomé, 2012-2014
The R.C. Maagdenhuis Foundation supports small-scale projects initiated by the local community in developing... more

Stichting Het R.C. Maagdenhuis
Technical vocational trainings, Lomé, 2012-2014
The R.C. Maagdenhuis Foundation supports small-scale projects that have been initiated by the local community in developing... more

SOS Kinderdorpen
Technical school, Kara, 2013
SOS-Kinderdorpen helps orphans and abandoned children in developing countries find loving families to grow up with. Worldwide, SOS Kinderdorpen has set... more

IDAY
Education for 500 underprivileged children, Région Maritime, 2013
Belgian organization IDAY wants underprivileged children in Africa to have access to high-quality education. With... more

Progreso
Development of organic and fair trade cocoa production, 2012
This Progreso and Agro Eco-Louis Bolk Institute project is aimed at promoting organic cocoa production and improving the... more

CREMA
Sustainable conservation and food security, Région Maritime 2010
In 20 villages in the very poor southeast of Togo, 4.000 farmers are trained in organic farming and... more

LCR
Sustainable agriculture/forestry in the Missahoe Forest Reserve, 2010-2012
The IUCN is recovering part of a rainforest that has been seriously impoverished due to human activities, but still houses... more

RAFIA
Restoration and protection of local ecosystems, Région des Savanes, 2009-2010
In the Région des Savanes in Northern Togo, a very poor region, the ecosystem is deteriorating at an... more

LCR
Construction and equipment of a school in Agome Anedi, 2009
Having collaborated with Les Compagnons Ruraux on nature conservation before, under the supervision of this Togolese... more

Stichting Het R.C. Maagdenhuis
Construction of two schools in Efa and Sofiè, 2009
The R.C. Maagdenhuis Foundation supports locally initiated small-scale projects in developing countries. A network of local... more

LCR
Extension and furnishing of a school in Kuma Konda, 2009
Having collaborated with Les Compagnons Ruraux on nature conservation before, under the supervision of this Togolese... more

Een School in Togo
Enlargement of a school in Lomé, 2007-2008
The Een School in Togo Foundation built a private 'model school' for 300 children in Lomé, Togo. The school offers education for children between 6 and... more

LCR
Sustainable agriculture/forestry in the Missahoe Forest Reserve, 2007-2009
The IUCN is recovering part of a rainforest that has been seriously impoverished due to human activities, but still houses... more

See also: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, D.R. Congo, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, Togo, other countries...

Recent history of Togo
    Togo became independent from France in 1960. Its President was assassinated in a military coup in 1963, lead by sergeant Eyadema Gnassingbé, who put an opposition leader in power. Four years later, Gnassingbé staged another coup and assumed the Presidency himself. He held it until his death in 2005, having stayed in power longer than any other dictator in modern African history.
    The military immediately installed his son Faure Gnassingbé as president, which provoked international condemnation and led to bloody riots in Togo. In response, Faure Gnassingbé agreed to hold elections, resigned as president, became a presidential candidate, and won the elections two months later. A lot of violence surrounded the presidential poll. The opposition claimed that the election was fraudulent. The European Union suspended aid to Togo in support of the opposition claims, unlike the African Union and the USA who declared the vote "reasonably fair."
    Faure Gnassingbé was re-elected in 2010. This election was largely peaceful, but again the opposition refused to recognize the results. Periodic protests followed the election. In 2011, the opposition was allowed to fill eight ministerial posts in a power-sharing deal with the government. On the other hand, in 2012, protesters took to the street in Lomé claiming recent electoral reforms favoured the ruling party, and demanding an end to the system allowing unlimited presidential terms.


Project details

Y CareYMCA Togo Vocational and entrepreneurial training for young people from the slums of Lome, Togo, 2017-2019
Y Care is the international relief and development agency of the YMCA youth organisation. Their strategy for 2020 is focused on the creation of jobs for young people in fifteen core countries, including Togo. Together with its local sister organisation YMCA Togo, Y Care is offering 280 young people a two-year vocational and skills training course at accredited workshops or an entrepreneurship course to increase their chance of employment and an income. This project is part of a larger programme which increases youth participation in government development courses and trains young people to manage disasters such as floods and fires in their neighbourhood.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €142,000 towards this project, earmarked for the employment project, of which €50,500 in 2017. see also:
      Y Care: other projects
      Other vocational training projects
Previous beneficiaries of the entrepreneurial programme, Lome, Togo
Previous beneficiaries of the entrepreneurial programme, Lome, Togo


BØRNEfonden Improving educational quality for young apprentices, Haho district, Togo, 2016-2017
BØRNEFonden (BF) has many years of experience in getting more young people into work in West Africa. BF aims to increase 150 apprentices' job opportunities in Togo by improving the learning environment and training in their trade. BF teaches artisans how to provide a good internship. In addition, extra lesson modules are being added in the third (internship) year. Together with further support after training, this increases these young people's chance of getting a job.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €57,000 to this project (of which, €30,000 in 2016). see also: Other vocational training projects
A young baker in front of her oven
A young baker in front of her oven


CREMAStichting Het R.C. Maagdenhuis Sustainable conservation and food security for 20 villages, Région Maritime, Togo, 2011-2014
The R.C. Het Maagdenhuis Foundation has been working with CREMA (Centre de Recherche et d'Essai de Modeles d'Autopromotion) in Togo since 2003. Now the project wants to start training 4,000 farmers in the very poor southeast of Togo how to use organic farming methods to improve the yield and storage of corn. On top of that, a 125-acre area will be reforested with a total of 125,000 trees and shrubs (macuna and cajanus cajan) that enrich the soil. The project facilitates extra capacity from CREMA itself and extra attention will be paid to land use by and land transfer to women. Eventually, nature will be restored and protected, and the life standard in 20 villages will be structurally improved.

The Turing Foundation contributed € 33,000 to the project's pilotphase and will also finance the second phase based on those results.

The Turing Foundation contributes € 55,000 to the second part of the project (€ 10.000 in 2014), with the R.C. Het Maagdenhuis Foundation as co-financer. see also:
      CREMA: other projects
      Stichting Het R.C. Maagdenhuis: other projects
      Other regreening projects
Sustainable conservation and food security, Région Maritime, Togo
Sustainable conservation and food security, Région Maritime, Togo


ProgresoAgro Eco Louis Bolk InstituteAVSF Togo Organic and fair trade cocoa production, Akebou, Togo, 2013-2015
This project from Progreso, the Agro Eco-Louis Bolk Instituut and AVSF wants to stimulate organic cocoa production and improve the lives of cocoa farmers in the Akebou district in Southwest Togo. In the pilot phase (October 2010-December 2011) and phase I (May-December 2012), 693 farmers were selected and trained in renewing plantations, improving plantation management, and stimulating agroforestry and the use of natural pesticides. The project wants to prepare the market for Fair Trade cocoa.

In 2012, the Turing Foundation already supported this project by donating € 55,000 in order to reach more farmers: from 450 to 693 in phase I. In the 2013-2015 period, the Turing Foundation will contribute another € 100,000 (€ 50,000 of which will be donated in 2014) for the intensive follow-up supervision of the 693 farmers in phase II. see also:
      Progreso: other projects
      Agro Eco Louis Bolk Institute: other projects
Extension of organic and fair trade cocoa production, Togo
Extension of organic and fair trade cocoa production, Togo


Stichting Het R.C. MaagdenhuisCAGED Job placement programs for underprivileged women, Lomé, Togo, 2012-2014
The R.C. Maagdenhuis Foundation supports small-scale projects initiated by the local community in developing countries. There's a network of advisors on the spot to inform on the feasibility of the projects as well as monitor their development. Through local organization CAGED, the Maagdenhuis Foundation organizes job placement programs in Lomé for women with a technical expertise. For example, they'll be supported in finding a local job with good prospects for the future, or starting their own business in the field of technique. The women will receive extra technical training, and they will be taught commercial skills, entrepreneurship and how to do an interview.

The Turing Foundation will donate a total of € 30,000 to the project. see also:
      Stichting Het R.C. Maagdenhuis: other projects
      Other vocational training projects
Technical trainings, Togo, 2012-2014
Technical trainings, Togo, 2012-2014


Stichting Het R.C. MaagdenhuisCEFOP Technical vocational trainings, Lomé, Togo, 2012-2014
The R.C. Maagdenhuis Foundation supports small-scale projects that have been initiated by the local community in developing countries. There's a network of advisors on the spot to inform on the feasibility of the projects as well as monitor their development. Through the technical vocational training CEFOP, the Maagdenhuis Foundation supports talented, underprivileged teenagers from 14 years old who wouldn't be able to pay for the training otherwise. Upon graduation, they can start working right away.

The Turing Foundation will donate a total of € 10,000 to this training program for underprivileged youths (€ 4.000 in 2014). see also:
      Stichting Het R.C. Maagdenhuis: other projects
      Other vocational training projects
technische opleidingen, Togo
technische opleidingen, Togo


SOS Kinderdorpen Technical school, Kara, Togo, 2013
SOS-Kinderdorpen helps orphans and abandoned children in developing countries find loving families to grow up with. Worldwide, SOS Kinderdorpen has set up 105 local vocational training centers where youths can work on becoming financially independent. To help Kara youth, the foundation has opened a technical school offering 3-year technical vocational trainings. Every teacher that’s hired will be receiving a week of extra training in pedagogy and other skills. The school can admit a total of 245 students.

In 2013, the Turing Foundation will be donating € 30,000 to guarantee the batch of students of 2013. see also:
      SOS Kinderdorpen: other projects
      Other teacher training projects
      Other vocational training projects
Technical school in Kara, Togo 2013
Technical school in Kara, Togo 2013


IDAYLe Ronier Education for 500 underprivileged children, Région Maritime, Togo, 2013
Belgian organization IDAY wants underprivileged children in Africa to have access to high-quality education. With the help of local organization Le Rhonier, IDAY wants to improve education in 15 villages, as well as make sure all children attend school, even those who are forced to live on the streets. Underprivileged children are placed in foster care (often with their own families). The foster families are granted a loan in kind, provided the children attend class. There are currently 450 children going to school who didn't before. At the same time, the quality of education at schools is being improved by investing in teaching material, and in the training and salaries of teachers.

The Turing Foundation will be donating € 30,000 in 2013 towards the education of 450 underprivileged children.

Educating underprivileged children in Togo, 2013-2016
Educating underprivileged children in Togo, 2013-2016


ProgresoAgro Eco Louis Bolk InstituteLouis Bolk Institute Development of organic and fair trade cocoa production, Togo, 2012
This Progreso and Agro Eco-Louis Bolk Institute project is aimed at promoting organic cocoa production and improving the living conditions of 650 farmers in Western Togo. During the project's pilot phase (October 2010 - December 2011) 450 farmers were selected and trained to produce organic, sustainable cocoa and were taught about agroforestry. In the first phase of the project (May 2012 - December 2012), these trainings will be continued and expanded to reach 650 farmers. On top of that, the organisations are working on strengthening the market for fair-trade cocoa.

The Turing Foundation will be supporting the activities in the first phase of the project by contributing € 55.000 in 2012. see also:
      Progreso: other projects
      Agro Eco Louis Bolk Institute: other projects
      Louis Bolk Institute: other projects
Development of organic and fair trade cocoa production, Togo
Development of organic and fair trade cocoa production, Togo


CREMAStichting Het R.C. Maagdenhuis Sustainable conservation and food security, Région Maritime, Togo 2010
Since 2003, the R.C. Maagdenhuis Foundation has been working with local organization CREMA (Centre de Recherche et d'Essai de Modeles d'Autopromotion). For this project, their joint goal is to train 4,000 farmers from the very poor southeast of Togo in organic farming to increase corn produce. Trees will be planted (velvet bean and pigeon pea) for soil enrichment, and the project will also provide a strengthening of CREMA's own capacity. This way, nature will be restored and protected, and the living standard of twenty villages will be structurally improved.

The Turing Foundation will contribute € 33,000 to the project. see also:
      CREMA: other projects
      Stichting Het R.C. Maagdenhuis: other projects
Sustainable conservation and food security, Région Maritime, Togo 2010-2011
Sustainable conservation and food security, Région Maritime, Togo 2010-2011


LCRIUCN Nederland Sustainable agriculture/forestry in the Missahoe Forest Reserve, Togo, 2010-2012
The local organisation Les Compagnons Ruraux works hard to recover the Missahoe forest reserve in Togo. Based on positive results of earlier forest recovery programmes, 7000 people of five villages will be involved in a project of 'analogous planting'. New plantings will have almost the same function as rain forests but will in part consist of economically interesting species, such as coffee, pepper trees and certain fruit trees. In the third phase of the project, which will last one more year, another 50,000 trees will be planted, 10 information campaigns will be launched, the production of cocoa - which has by now started - will be certified and 12 volunteers will be trained in forest fire fighting.

In 2010, the Turing Foundation provides funding for this project via IUCN NL, donating € 44,000. Earlier, the Turing Foundation financed the construction of two schools in this area. see also:
      LCR: other projects
      IUCN Nederland: other projects
      Other regreening projects
Nursery of economically interesting trees for analogous reforestation, Missahoe Forest Reserve, Togo
Nursery of economically interesting trees for analogous reforestation, Missahoe Forest Reserve, Togo


RAFIAIUCN Nederland Restoration and protection of local ecosystems, Région des Savanes, Togo, 2009-2010
In the Région des Savanes in Northern Togo, a very poor region, the ecosystem is deteriorating at an alarming pace as a result of uncontrolled (over)exploitation of soil and wood (especially firewood). Animal species are becoming extinct and the forests no longer meet the needs of the people. Local organisation RAFIA (Recherche Appui et Formation aux Initiatives d'Auto Développement) assists rural and other communities in improving their living conditions, for example by the sustainable management of natural resources.

The Turing Foundation donates € 44,000 towards a RAFIA project to construct four 'galeries forestières' and to educate people in sustainable agriculture techniques, using more varied and more productive crops, thus helping approximately 900 households in nine villages. The project will run until August 2010. see also: IUCN Nederland: other projects
Restoration and protection of local ecosystems, Région des Savanes, Togo
Restoration and protection of local ecosystems, Région des Savanes, Togo


LCR Construction and equipment of a school in Agome Anedi, Togo, 2009
Having collaborated with Les Compagnons Ruraux on nature conservation before, under the supervision of this Togolese organisation the Turing Foundation will help replace the self-built school in Agome Anedi by a new building comprising of three classrooms, a canteen and latrines. The school is also being provided with furnishings and educational materials.

The Turing Foundation will cover all the costs (€44,000) that go toward building and furnishing the new school. see also:
      LCR: other projects
      Other building projects
The old school building of Agome Anedi - no lessons during the rainy season
The old school building of Agome Anedi - no lessons during the rainy season


Stichting Het R.C. MaagdenhuisARBES Construction of two schools in Efa and Sofiè, Togo, 2009
The R.C. Maagdenhuis Foundation supports locally initiated small-scale projects in developing countries. A network of local advisors provides recommendations on the projects' feasibility and monitors their progress. Collaborating with ARBES, a local organisation, and with parents and pupils closely involved the Foundation builds schools in rural areas. ARBES operates in the Agou prefecture near Kpalimé.

By contributing met € 35.000 the Turing Foundation will finance half of the building costs of two schools in Efa and Sofié. see also:
      Stichting Het R.C. Maagdenhuis: other projects
      Other building projects
The old school building
The old school building


LCR Extension and furnishing of a school in Kuma Konda, Togo, 2009
Having collaborated with Les Compagnons Ruraux on nature conservation before, under the supervision of this Togolese organisation the Turing Foundation will help extend the school in Kuma Konda with additional classrooms, a canteen and latrines. The school is also being provided with educational materials.

The Turing Foundation will finance all the costs (€27,000) that go toward building and furnishing the extension. see also:
      LCR: other projects
      Other building projects
The school in Kuma Konda
The school in Kuma Konda


Een School in Togo Enlargement of a school in Lomé, Togo, 2007-2008
The Een School in Togo Foundation built a private 'model school' for 300 children in Lomé, Togo. Since September 2004, the school offers education for children between 6 and 16 years of age. The foundation's aim is to achieve high quality education, not only by providing additional lessons for pupils, but also by offering continuous refresher courses for teachers.

By contributing € 22,000, the Turing Foundation funds half of the costs of enlarging the school with new classrooms and a library, meaning that it can in the future accommodate 500 pupils. see also:
      Een School in Togo: other projects
      Other building projects
The school in Togo
The school in Togo


LCRIUCN Nederland Sustainable agriculture/forestry in the Missahoe Forest Reserve, Togo, 2007-2009
In Togo, IUCN Nederland works together with the local organisation Les Compagnons Ruraux to recover part of the rainforest. This rainforest has been seriously impoverished due to human activities, but it still houses a very important biodiversity. Based on positive experiences in an earlier forest recovery programme, 7,000 people of five villages will be involved in a project of 'analogous planting'. This means that the new plantings will have almost the same function as the rainforest, but will in part consist of economically interesting species of trees, such as coffee, pepper tree and certain kinds of fruit trees.

The Turing Foundation finances this project, which runs until July 2009 (€ 83,000). see also:
      LCR: other projects
      IUCN Nederland: other projects
      Other regreening projects
Missahoe forest reserve, Togo
Missahoe forest reserve, Togo