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Nutrition Sensitive Agricultural Intensification for Sustainable Food Security (PIDASAN)

$24 million to improve the food and nutrition security status of vulnerable groups through dissemination of selected high performing agricultural technology and value chains that promote decent job creation in rural areas.
Photo: Dominic Chavez

Challenge

Burkina Faso has been faced with some major challenges over the years that have threatened food security in the country, from a severe drought in 2011 to an influx of Malian refugees in 2012. As a Sahelian country with 86% of its population employed in the agricultural sector, Burkina Faso is vulnerable to climate shocks, which lead to poor harvests yields, a challenging food production system, and a poor rural population, in addition to the pastoralist lifestyle that promotes competition and may lead to conflict.

Solution

The Nutrition Sensitive Agricultural Intensification for Sustainable Food Security (PIDASAN) supports the second phase of the National
Rural Sector Program (PNSR). It contributes to increasing agricultural productivity by adopting improved agricultural technologies such as the dissemination of drought- and pest-resistant seed varieties, composting and erosion control techniques, and livestock and poultry feeding technologies that will increase feed production and crop yields. It improves the nutritional quality of crops and vegetables, provides assistance for marketing, empowers rural farmers to use various technologies that reduce livestock and feed expenditures, improves the quality of food and dietary intake, and creates jobs. The project targets nine regions and will reach 125 communes, where it is estimated that 300,000 poor people will be impacted, 120,000 of whom will be women and 30,000 youth. The target areas were
chosen for their high agricultural potential and relatively favorable climate conditions. 

Project Status

Under Preperation

Country

Burkina Faso

Funding

Public

Focus area

  • Inclusive Business

Supervising entity

World Bank

Results

The project is still under preparation. 

Work with Us

The Global Agriculture & Food Security Program (GAFSP) is dedicated to fighting hunger, malnutrition, and poverty in low-income countries by supporting resilient and sustainable agricultural systems that benefit and empower poor and vulnerable smallholder farmers. Since its inception in 2010, GAFSP has received contributions totaling $1.7 billion from Australia, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States, with funds going to countries that have strategic, innovative, and credible plans already in place to improve agricultural productivity and food security.

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