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Burkina Faso - Governance of value chains and inclusion of cowpea, milk and non-timber forest products production

Project leader


Location Burkina Faso
Dates 01/01/2018 31/12/2022
Intervention Area Access to decent work
Funding 400 000,00 €


Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in sub-Saharan Africa with a low income and limited natural resources.

The agro-sylvo-pastoral sector is a determining component of the Burkinabe economy. Almost 80% of the working population is employed in this sector, and it accounts for nearly 40% of GDP. Cotton is the most important cash crop, although gold exports have gained importance in recent years.

It is notable that, despite a downward trend, malnutrition in Burkina Faso remains endemic, with a prevalence of acute malnutrition of 7.6% and retarded growth of 27.3% (SMART 2016). 33% of children are malnourished.

The project is based on the development of three key agricultural sectors: cowpeas, milk and non-timber forest products (mainly shea).

A memorandum of understanding for this project was signed on 12 January 2018 in Ouagadougou between the DREC and the GRET's office in Burkina Faso.

This project contributes to several SDGs, in particular No. 2 "End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture".

Project owner

GRET (Groupe de Recherche et d'Échanges Technologiques - Research and Technological Exchange Group).

Overall objective 

Strengthen the inclusion of small family farms and agro-food SMEs in sustainable value chains in Burkina Faso.

Specific objectives 

  • Strengthen the functioning and governance of the inter-professional frameworks within the cowpea, milk and non-timber forest products sectors at the local and/or national level
  • Strengthen the technical capacities (production, processing, market access and organisational) of the players


  • Family farms and their groupings: 14,000 cowpea producers from eight farmers' organisations, 300 women from 15 non-timber forest product farmers' organisations, 750 cattle breeders/milk producers
  • Micro-, Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs): 100 women from 15 non-timber forest products' SMEs, 50 bakers, 100 women involved in the processing of cowpeas, 30 mini-dairies
  • Inter-professions: regional consultation frameworks, four regional milk innovation platforms, non-timber forest products Directorate and three inter-professional frameworks

Anticipated outcomes

  • Commercial links between operators are formalised and strengthened, with contracts signed, specifications drawn up and regional markets organised
  • Inter-professional consultation forums are strengthened within each sector at the territorial and/or national level
  • Players and consumers have access to up-to-date information, studies and capitalisation in the sectors
  • Producers are supported to promote the good management of natural resources
  • Production support services are available for producers
  • Producers and input manufacturers are strengthened
  • Producers, their representatives and infrastructure management committees are supported in their marketing strategy
  • Commercial infrastructure is refurbished
  • Productive equipment is modernised
  • Micro- and SMEs are supported to improve the quality of their products and their business strategies
  • Marketing studies and promotional campaigns are undertaken