Agriculture in Burkina Faso

  • Africa's Economic Future Depends on Its Farms

    BOTSWANA, 2017/10/16 At the same time as the economies of Nigeria and South Africa recently rebounded, it wasn't oil or minerals that did the trick. It was agriculture. Faster and additional sustainable agricultural increase is crucial not only to the continent's economy, but as well to its ability to feed and employ its surging people. Agriculture still accounts for a quarter of gross domestic product and as much as two-thirds of employment in sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, agricultural increase has the biggest impact on non-farm gain and reducing poverty.
  • Burkina Faso phasing out GMO cotton, citing poor quality

    BURKINA FASO, 2016/04/13 Farmers in Burkina Faso are phasing out genetically modified cotton citing inferior lint quality of the crop. The country was seen as an African success story in biotechnology (BT) and a model for other African nations. Besides denouncing their arrangement with Monsanto, Interprofessional Cotton members are evaluating the all of compensation that they will claim, based on losses related to the cultivation of transgenic cotton since 2008.
  • Avian flu in West Africa / FAO , prevent spread across region of 330 million

    BENIN, 2015/07/23 Fears are growing that without timely intervention to stem outbreaks of the highly virulent avian flu virus H5N1 across West Africa, further spread across the region and beyond is inevitable, FAO said today. To this end, the agency is calling for $20 million for prevention and response activities. The call follows outbreaks of the virus in poultry farms, markets and family holdings in Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana. The outbreak comes as nations across West Africa are still recovering from, and in some cases still battling, Ebola. Avian flu could trigger a mass die-off of chicken – a nutritious and inexpensive source of food for a lot of people– with detrimental impacts on diets and on the economy of the region, exacerbating an by presently difficult situation.
  • Burkina Faso: IFC, Société Générale Invest in Burkina Faso's Cotton Sector At a Critical Time

    BURKINA FASO, 2015/05/14 IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and Société Générale announced the launch of a €70 million facility to help Burkina Faso's biggest cotton company, SOFITEX, support local farmers and finance the 2014/15 cotton campaign. Signed under IFC's World Warehouse Finance Program, the facility will allow SOFITEX to purchase raw cotton from over 160,000 farmers in Burkina Faso to process and export to international markets. Cotton is the major cash crop in Burkina Faso, which is currently under a transitional government. Shifts in world request and commodity prices make it difficult for cotton companies to fasten finance. Through the facility, IFC, GAFSP and Société Générale will lend to SOFITEX against warehoused commodities, providing the company with liquidity to finance its crop purchases.
  • Africa: Can Africa Satisfy Its Hunger?

    BOTSWANA, 2013/04/02 Africa frequently experiences food shortages, although its 900 million farmers could feed the continent, inclunding supplying other parts of the world. But for this to happen they need the support of politicians.
  • GIEWS Country Brief Burkina Faso 22-August-2012

    BURKINA FASO, 2012/12/31 Early harvest prospects are favourable Following irregular and insufficient precipitation in parts of the country in June, good rains from July remained widespread over the major producing areas in early August. As a result, crops, for harvest from October are developing satisfactorily and pastures regenerating in most parts of the country. Coarse grains production in 2011 was reduced sharply following irregular and insufficient rains
  • Burkina Faso, is becoming more successful in agriculture than the nation.

    BURKINA FASO, 2012/12/08 Jerry John Rawlings has called on farmers to be extra productive, expressing worry that Burkina Faso, Ghana’s close neighbour is becoming extra successful in agriculture than the country. Burkina Faso which was from now on becoming a desert has been able to engage in extra farming than Ghana , which have rich and vast lands which could have always been kept in efficient use.
  • Burkina Faso farmers are reaping the benefits 2012-08-29

    BURKINA FASO, 2012/08/29