Promoting Sustainable Rural Transformation – Burkina Faso

Policy makers and development partners are keen to find interventions that are effective in improving smallholder productivity and raising the income and resilience (including food security) of smallholders.

It is ACET’s view that linking the objective of increasing smallholder incomes and resilience to the broader economic transformation agenda will be mutually beneficial to agriculture and the rest of the economy, particularly the manufacturing sector (starting with agro-processing). Such linkage is also likely to raise the profile of agriculture and engage the interest and participation of a wider segment of government and the general population, thereby increasing overall support for improvements in agriculture. This is the rationale for a grant given to the ACET by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). ACET seeks, through the study of a number of national crop/livestock value chains, to help create this linkage. The poverty reduction objective of BMGF and the economic transformation objective of ACET led us to select the following value chain studies.

The overall objective of the study is to identify, through the analyses, the policy measures, institutional reforms, and potential public investments that could: (a) help increase the productivity of traditional smallholders and improve post-production value (storage, processing, and market access—domestic or foreign) in order to increase their incomes and improve food security; (b) support the emergence of small-and medium-scale modern commercial farmers and foster linkages between them and traditional smallholders; and (c) increase agriculture’s contribution to an overall economic transformation through linkages with industry, starting with agro-processing.

The Burkina Faso country report is a synthesis of the four value-chains studies (i.e., on sorghum, poultry, cow and cotton) and will be the basis for convening policy forums that will bring together the finance, agriculture, trade and industry ministries, together with other stakeholders from the private sector,s and research and non-governmental sector representatives to discuss and advocate for policy positions that can unlock the potential opportunities identified in this study. The study was sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and conducted in partnership with Laboratoir d’Analyse et de Politique Economiques (LAPE) who did the study on Beef and Poultry and Institut de l’Environnement et Recherches Agricoles (INERA) did the studies on Cotton and Sorghum.

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