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Burkina Faso: Strengthening access to quality fertilizer at reduced prices for smallholders

07 Jun 2017
On May 22nd, the Directorate General of Plant Production (DGPP) of the Ministry of Agriculture of Burkina Faso and the Program for Monitoring and Analysing Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP) of FAO met to identify the actions needed to improve smallholders’ access to fertilizers in Burkina Faso.

 

In close collaboration with the MAFAP team, two experts from the International Center for Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD) and the Faso Farmers Confederation (Confédération Paysanne du Faso, CPF) presented the determinants of fertilizer’s price in Burkina Faso and identified a list of possible actions to reduce its cost.

The working session resulted in constructive exchanges. Three possible measures were selected for a more detailed cost-benefit analysis. The first one relates to subsidizing interest rate for retailers; the second to the rationalization of price subsidies, through pilot measures to subsidize harvest and contract prices. The last measure would lead to the establishment of a sectoral stakeholder’s platform for dialogue and exchange.

These options will be discussed with the DGPP in mid-July. The recommendations will then be presented to the Cabinet of the Minister of Agriculture and validated by a stakeholders’ workshop.

The MAFAP program trusts that the selected policy recommendations will contribute to improve small scale farmers’ access to quality fertilizers and that, at a reduced price.