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New paper : Analysing the competitiveness of the rice value chain in Burkina Faso
This study was developed through FAO policy support and capacity development activities provided to various ministries in Burkina Faso involved in agriculture, rural development, food security and poverty.

An Action plan for the rice value chain had been developed as of 1997, the strategy of which was to increase the national production of rice keeping it economically and socially sustainable and environmentally sound, in view of the fact that there had been a notable reduction in importation and in national consumption of rice and also to respectively increase revenues of national producers. With this in mind, the government defines several policy measures and it is indispensable that it also evaluates the competitiveness of the local rice value chain and clarifies its public decision to achieve rational policy options that will have multiple impacts on the different parts of the value chain.

This study aims at classifying Burkina Faso’s local rice chain, using a reference year (2007) and identifying policy measures using the FAO VCA-Tool by simulating and analyzing possible impacts on different parts of the value chain.

The overall methodological work was based on research of available documentation, a questionnaire enquiry, interviews with producers involved in the value chain and regular meetings with the working group.

Furthermore, various FAO capacity development workshops allowed participating ministry staff to learn the concepts and skills involved in evaluating value chains. All relative financial, economic and competitive calculations (PAM indicators) were carried out using the FAO VCA-tool.

All FAO VCA-tool related resources are freely available on EAYSPol's resource package Value Chain Analysis»
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 Country: Burkina Faso