A street food shop in Cotonou; In Benin, about 10% of the 10 million inhabitants are undernourished. Food represents more than 30% of the country’s imports.
Agrisatch’s employees, in front of the production site. Some of them are accommodated on site. 120 permanent jobs have been created, and the salary is 50% higher than the guaranteed minimum industrial wage.
A truck full of cereals is cleaned and disinfected before entering the site. The same process applies to all vehicles in order to avoid disease transmission, which could spread very quickly among the hens and young chicks.
In the cloakroom. The sanitary measures asre drastic: shower, uniform, disinfecting foot bath before entering the henhouse.
Three employees in charge of the young chicks. The woman in the center has just graduated in biology from Cotonou University. She says that these kind of jobs in the private sector is still rare.
One of Agrisatch’s henhouses. Twice a month, the employees have training sessions on breeding techniques. Most of them used traditional techniques before starting to work for Agrisatch.
An employee is cleaning one of the henhouses. There are on average 3 employees per henhouse, with 25,000 hens each. Computer controls the feeding and temperature.
There are about 25,000 hens per henhouse and 4 hens per cage. The eggs are laid on a treadmill and then collected manually over 5 hours every morning.
A tractor is preparing the soil for planting. Sanitary norms require a large distance between the henhouses to avoid contamination. This space is used to grow fruits and vegetables.
Food stock for the hens and young chicks. Agrisatch buys corn and soy from local producers and blends them accordingly with the amount of calories needed.
Workers constructing new henhouses, in view of doubling the capacity of the company. 80 workers are employed for 6 months. They are paid 76€ per month, which is 23€ more than the guaranteed minimum industrial wage in Benin.
A worker examines the injury of one of his colleagues. Agrisatch is building two new production sites, each of them able to contain 50,000 hens. The construction is planned over a 6-month period.
The logistics manager calculates the number of eggs to be delivered in the day. A semi-trailer truck takes the production to the capital city. Agrisatch maintains the 50km of roads leading to its factory and many shops have risen up along the roads.
A wholesaler just bought eggs from Agrisatch’s warehouse.
Every day, a truck brings about 90,000 eggs from Agrisatch’s production site to a warehouse in Cotonou. Wholesalers buy the eggs from there to sell them on local markets.
A baker is preparing a patisserie cream with Agrisatch’s eggs. She uses 450 eggs per day. The broken eggs, sold at discounted price by Agrisatch, allows her to save 34€ per day. She sells her wedding cakes for 23€.
A cook makes an omelet in a restaurant in Cotonou. In Benin, only 10% of the eggs are produced locally, mostly by Agrisatch. Imported eggs cost about 0,11€ each, which is more expensive than in France.
Oven of an informal bakery in Cotonou. The manager buys the broken eggs from Agrisatch and pays 40% bellow the normal price for them.
Group discussion before a meeting of the Organization of Beninese poultry farmers (UNAP). Agrisatch played a key role in the emergence of the group. It includes more than 550 poultry farmers in Benin.
Intense negotiations to elect the UNAP representatives. The organization aims at training poultry farmers to limit disease contamination, ease access to credit and lower the VAT rate on egg production.
Operating room in a clinic associated with Agrisatch. The company offers health insurance to its employees and their families. A consultation with a doctor would otherwise cost 8€, the equivalent of a full day’s pay.
Agrisatch launched the 3P program (Hens ready to lay) to support local producers. They sell one-year hens to small-poultry farmers that do not have to manage the high mortality associated with the breeding of young chicks.
Collecting eggs in one of the 3P farm. “Before, I had to wait 6 months before my hens could lay any eggs. With these hens, I have the eggs right away and I can collect 5 times more of them!” says the farmer. In 2014, they were 30 3P farmers.
A pineapple producer, near the production site. Thanks to the jobs it offers, Agrisatch encourages young people to return or stay in the village.
Two farmers going to the agricultural fields. The chicken faeces constitute a natural and very efficient fertilizer, raising soil productivity by 30%. But in view of this success, Agrisatch has doubled their price.
In this neighboring village, people complain about the smell caused by the chicken faeces. However, no disease has been detected so far.
In this semi-rural zone, more than 500 children have access to basic education in the primary schools built with the support of the Agrisatch foundation. But the needs are tremendous: there are sometimes more than 70 pupils per class.
A student in one of the 3 schools built by the Agrisatch foundation. Before the school was built, every child had to walk about 10kms to reach the closest school.