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.
The Nutrition Sensitive Agricultural Intensification for Sustainable Food Security (PIDASAN) will support the second phase of the National Rural Sector Program (PNSR) and will contribute 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 feeds production and crop yields. It will also improve the nutritional quality of crops and vegetables, provide assistance for marketing, empower rural farmers to use various technologies that reduce livestock and feed expenditures, improve the quality of food and dietary intakes, and create jobs.
The project will target nine regions and reach 125 communes, where it is estimated that 300,000 poor people will be impacted, of which 120,000 will be women and 30,000 youth. These target areas were chosen for their high agricultural potential and relatively favorable climate conditions.
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Supervising entityWorld Bank
Mr. Elisee Ouedraogo
Task Team Leader
Based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Photo: Dominic Chavez