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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


Results: PAPSA has benefited 853,207 people (31 percent of whom are women), exceeding the end of project target of 800,000. To promote post-harvest activities and reduce post-harvest losses, the project has, as of November 2019, ensured that 31 multifunctional platforms were operative and distributed 200,000 triple bagging units to women for cowpea conservation. In addition, the project equipped 15,625 hectares of land with new irrigation and drainage services; installed 36 private or private-public agro-processing and quality control facilities, meeting the end-of-project target; helped pilot the e-voucher mechanism in six regions; and helped the quantities of agricultural products stored through the warrantage (warehouse receipt system) reach 20,427 tons, against an end-of-project target of 10,000 tons. As a result of project activities, 39,485 hectares of additional land have adopted project-promoted technology and the average annual yields of rice observed in project-developed lowlands have evolved positively from 2.24 tons per hectare in 2013 to 3.2 tons per hectare in 2018. 


Elisee Ouedraogo
Task Team Leader

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