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Agricultural Productivity and Food Security Project (PAPSA)

$37.1 million to scale-up activities to improve the capacity of poor producers to increase food production and to ensure improved availability of food products in rural markets.
Photo: Dominic Chavez


Despite Burkina Faso’s harsh climate, the agriculture sector continues to generate roughly a third of the country’s GDP and employs over 80% of the population. As a Sahelian country, Burkina Faso is vulnerable to climate shocks, which lead to poor harvests yields, a challenging food production system, and a poor rural population. The sector is dominated by subsistence production and characterized by low crop and livestock productivity, low but increasing diversification, and the limited participation of formal private businesses in the development of agro-pastoral value-chains.


The Agricultural Productivity and Food Security Project (PAPSA) supports the government’s National Rural Sector Program (PNSR) by helping poor farmers increase their crop and livestock production and expanding the volume of food products sold in rural markets. This includes activities such as the improvement of crop production infrastructure through an additional 3,000 hectares of
lowland development, 2,000 hectares of small-scale irrigation, and 800 kilometers of corridors to facilitate animal access to water resources. The project will support an additional 5,000 hectares of soil conservation and 3,000 compost pits for soil restoration. The
project will engage in a variety of activities to develop 41 animal production facilities including construction of 5,000 fattening units for cattle and sheep, improved dissemination of vaccines, training and capacity building on artificial insemination techniques for cattle,
and improved milk collection and processing efforts. The project will support the warrantage warehouse receipt system, a rural credit guarantee scheme for 500 farmers’ organizations, and postharvest management and marketing of food products through the construction of 50 community warehouses.

Project Status



Burkina Faso



Focus area

  • Gender

Supervising entity

World Bank


To date, 794,651 farmers, approximately one-third of whom are women and over one-quarter are youth, have benefited from the project, surpassing the project target of 750,000 people. Since 2016, the annual production of paddy rice under the project is
estimated at 32,000 tons, representing 10 percent of the total national paddy rice production. So far, 7,179,507 liters of milk have been collected in the milk processing units, surpassing the project target of 3,500,000 liters. PAPSA’s warrantage has sustained
food crop availability, already storing 18,375 metric tons, almost double the 10,000 metric tons expected by the end of the project.


Elisee Ouedraogo
Task Team Leader

Work with Us

Launched in 2010, the Global Agriculture & Food Security Program (GAFSP) represents a transformative approach to development aid that pools donor funds to make lasting improvements by supporting technically sound, country-led plans and sustainable, inclusive small- and medium-sized enterprises. The inaugural donors—Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, the Republic of Korea, Spain, and the United States—were soon joined by Australia, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. GAFSP’s donors work in partnership with recipients, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders to improve the lives of smallholder farmers and their families. Millions of poor and vulnerable people around the world will directly benefit from GAFSP’s continued commitment and support. GAFSP looks to engage other donors and stakeholders in this important initiative.

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