Market scene in Burkina Faso: sale of tomatoes

Core area “Transformation of agri-food systems” Making agricultural production market-oriented and increasing incomes in rural areas

Agriculture has a key role to play in providing food security and reducing poverty in Burkina Faso. Consequently, Burkina Faso is an important focus country of the BMZ's “ONE WORLD – No Hunger” special initiative.

In order to improve the food supply situation and to raise income and employment levels in rural areas, the BMZ supports the development of selected agricultural value chains. For instance, smallholder farmers are being taught how to adapt their farming methods to climate change, raise their productivity, and process and market their products themselves. In addition, Germany also supports measures to preserve soil quality.

All training and employment measures sponsored by Germany are designed to include women and young people as key target groups.

Furthermore, a Green Innovation Centre has been set up to assist local people in improving market access, further processing their agricultural products themselves, and improving quality standards. This helps not only to raise the income of farmers and their families, but also to create new jobs in small and micro processing businesses. The Centre has already helped to significantly increase productivity in rice and sesame cultivation as well as processing.

CAP-Matourkou Agricultural School: agricultural students and trainees learn how to handle an agricultural machine

CAP-Matourkou Agricultural School: agricultural students and trainees learn how to handle an agricultural machine

CAP-Matourkou Agricultural School: agricultural students and trainees learn how to handle an agricultural machine