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Togo: Organic pineapple offers people work and dignity

The "Dolcetto" project for cooperation in development in Togo aims to provide work opportunities cultivating organic pineapples in Togo. The goal is to avert migration to Europe in the search of work.

A cooperative development project in Togo called "Dolcetto," was recently presented at a seminar in Rome entitled: "Seeding the Future of Africa: The Role of Cooperation." The project aims to demonstrate how growing organic pineapple can lead to growth and jobs for local residents in Togo.

The project is coordinated by Coopermondo, the NGO set up by the Italian federation of cooperatives, Confcooperative, and the Italian federation of cooperative banks, Federcasse.

It works together with organic pineapple farmers in Togo who, with the project's support, have managed to organize themselves into local cooperatives to better market their product in a country where the average income is just 310 dollars, and where 32.3 percent of the population lives under the poverty line. In Togo, 35 percent of the country's GDP comes from farming, which employs 75 percent of the active population.

The cooperative brings together a thousand young farmers, one-third of whom are women. Between them they cultivate 500 hectares of organic sugarloaf pineapple, called "Dolcetto". These are marketed in Italy under the brand Alce Nero. reports how the president of Confcooperative, Maurizio Gardini met with Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini during the seminar, declaring that the project is "proof that you can fight poverty by offering work, and an income."

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