Promoting micro and small community-based enterprises of non wood forest products in Burkina Faso, 2005 - 2006 

Transformation d'amande de karitéProject overview: In 2005, the Forest Department of Burkina Faso, the non-governmental organization TREE AID and FAO joined their efforts to launch a pilot project to promote micro and small community-based rural enterprises of non wood forest products (NWFP) in Burkina Faso and Mali. The choice of using non-wood forest products has many advantages: they are competitive products, a niche market already exists, they are traditional products used by the people for centuries. Besides, they constitute the only natural resources available that women can count on for income generation purposes in rural areas.

The Market Analysis and Development (MA&D) was the approach adopted and implemented to support rural people initiatives aimed to create feasible enterprises, while protecting, at the same time, the natural resource base. 

Project partners and stakeholders: The Forest Department of Burkina Faso, UNDP, CIFOR, the UK NGO Tree Aid, and village communities 

Project activities: Market analysis and development trainings were conducted in three main phases, each phase starting with the training of supervisors and facilitators in the field. 

Achievements and outcomes: The three phases of the MA&D approach were implemented with the training of supervisors and local facilitators in different areas in Burkina Faso, as well as in Mali. 


For further information please contact:

Sophie Grouwels 
Forestry Officer
 Forest Policy & Economics Team (FOEP)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla - 00153 Rome - Italy
Phone: +39 06 57055299
Fax: +39 06 57055514

last updated:  Monday, July 2, 2012