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 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 improvement of crop production infrastructure through an additional 3,000 hectares of lowland development, 2,000 hectares of small-scale irrigation, and 800 km of corridors to facilitate animal access to water resources. The project will support additional 5,000 hectares of soil conservation, and 3,000 compost pits for soil restoration. A variety of activities aimed for the development of animal production facilities will also be implemented, including the construction of 5,000 fattening units for cattle and sheep, improved dissemination of vaccines, artificial insemination techniques for cattle, and improved milk collection and processing efforts. The project will also support the warrantage warehouse receipt system, a rural credit guarantee scheme, for 500 farmer organizations, and post-harvest management and marketing of food products through the construction of 50 community warehouses.
Supervising entityWorld Bank
Mr. Elisee Ouedraogo
Task Team Leader
Based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Photo: Dominic Chavez
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