Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa with over 18 million people. The agricultural sector contributes 30% to the GDP and employs 85% of the workforce.  Rice production is at the center of Burkina Fa­so’s development strategies for food security. The rice consumption of the population is steadily increasing, and approximately 47% of the demand can be covered by domestic production. Since 2010, sesame has become an important export commodity. Other important supply chains are millet and sorghum, maize, sugar cane, cashew nuts and shea. As the main export until 2009, cotton played a special role in the economy of the country. This supply chain continues to be important. The promo­tion of organic cotton production from 2004 to 2011 led to rising employment figures and higher incomes for workers. The national diet is heavily reliant on starchy staples, and supply of animal protein remains low at 50 g/caput/day. Under and overnutrition coexist in Burkina Faso, and micronutrient deficiencies particularly affect women and children

Read the full PARI country dossier here, and read the country innovation study on the status of agricultural innovations, innovation platforms and innovation investments in Burkina Faso here.

Agricultural Typology of Burkina Faso:

Source: Maruyama et al. 2018


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From Potentials to Reality: Transforming Africa’s Food Production

2020 | H. Baumüller | J. von Braun | A. Admassie | O. Badiane | E. Baraké | J. Börner | I. Bozic | B. Chichaibelu | J. Collins | T. Daum | T. Gatiso | N. Gerber | T. Getahun | K. Glatzel | S. Hendriks | O. Kirui | L. Kornher | Z. Kubik | E. Lüdeling | A. Mirzabaev | P.G. Ndiaye | T. Sakketa | M. Shah | G. Tadesse | J. Walakira

The report is avalailable in English and German.

Read the press release to the report here.Read more From Potentials to Reality: Transforming Africa’s Food Production

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PARI Policy Brief No. 18: Mechanizing African Agriculture

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Study of Mechanized Agricultural Services Needs in the Rural Communities of Béréba and Koumbia in the Cotton-Growing Region of Western Burkina Faso

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Yield effects of selected agronomic innovation packages in maize cropping systems of six countries in Sub-Saharan Africa

PARI Policy Brief No. 9: Innovation for Sustainable Agricultural Growth in Africa – Insights from Research Dossiers on 12 PARI Partner Countries

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The ReSAKSS Country eAtlases


The ReSAKSS Country eAtlases is a GIS-based mapping tool designed to help policy analysts and policymakers access and use high quality and highly disaggregated data on agricultural, socio-economic, and bio-physical indicators to guide agricultural policy and investment decisions.

Country Innovation Studies

2016 | Prepared by the PARI national partners and FARA

The Innovation Studies for the 12 African PARI countries provide an overview of the status of agricultural innovations, innovation platforms and innovation investment in the respective country. Read more Country Innovation Studies

On the use of agricultural system models for exploring technological innovations across scales in Africa: A critical review

2016 | R.P. Rötter | F.L. Sehomi | J.G. Höhn | J.K. Niemi | M. van den Berg

Published as: ZEF – Discussion Papers on Development Policy No. 23, Center for Development Research, Bonn.

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