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Burkina Faso

Overview of key events

  • October 2011: MAFAP project officially launched. See video

  • October 2011:  Capacity-building workshop held with representatives from different agricultural sector line ministries who composed the MAFAP local team.
  • July 2012: MAFAP results on rice were presented to the Minister's cabinet.
  • October 2012:  Country report finalized. Download file

  • November 2012: Joint Mali-Burkina Faso technical workshop held in Ouagadougou to compare MAFAP results from the two countries.

  • April 2013: Technical workshop to present MAFAP results to other UEMOA countries.
  • June 2013: MAFAP results are presented by the FAO Representative and the Director General of the Division for Rural Economics (DGPER) in the Economic and Social Council of Burkina Faso.
  • July-September 2013:
    - MAFAP results used as an input to build the National Policy of Food Security and Nutrition
    - MAFAP results presented at the National Institute of Agricultural Research by the MAFAP team of the Ministry of Agriculture.
  • October 2013: The MAFAP team of the Ministry of Agriculture is involved in the food situation prospective committee.
  • November 2013: The partnership between FAO and the Ministry of Agriculture’s Division for Economics and Sectoral Statistics (DGESS), formerly DGPER, is reaffirmed.
  • February 2014: MAFAP organizes its own capacity building workshop. Training is provided by the staff of the Ministry who are undertaking the MAFAP monitoring and analysis work, and several young civil servants are trained on MAFAP's methodology.
  • March 2014: The Burkina Faso team is updating the MAFAP indicators to  cover 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Policy Analysis Partners

Policy Dialogue Partners

Commodities Analysed

  • The Rural Economics Division (DGPER) of the Ministry of Agriculture [website]

  • Units in various ministries have provided data for MAFAP analysis
  • The Coordination Secretariat for Agricultural Policies (SP/CPSA) [website]

  • The Rural Economics Division (DGPER)


  • Maize
  • Rice
  • Cattle
  • Cotton
  • Arachide
  • Cottonseed Oil
  • Gum Arabic
  • Sesame
  • Sorghum
  • Onion
  • Niébé

Key Findings

  • Policies and public expenditure tend to focus on rice and cotton, though more attention should be given to other sectors such as the livestock sector. In general, current policies and market structures cause farmers to get lower prices than what they could potentially receive.

  • Although Burkina Faso still allocates more than ten percent of its budget to the agricultural sector, the overall share decreased by four percent in the period from 2006 to 2010. Moreover, the budget’s focus has been shifting away from rural development and towards agriculture-specific policies.

  • Between 2005 and 2010, farmers in Burkina Faso received prices below those that would prevail in a more enabling policy environment and with better functioning markets. However, lower prices received by farmers did not always translate into lower prices for consumers.

Key Resources

  • Nine technical notes on market incentives and disincentives in Burkina Faso for maize, rice, cattle, cotton, peanuts, cotton oil, gum Arabic, sesame, sorghum and onions

  • In-depth analysis of public expenditure to support agriculture and rural development in Burkina Faso

  • A comprehensive country report

  • A database with all indicators and supporting information

  • Capacity development in analyzing market incentives and disincentives, as well as public expenditure

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Burkina Faso Policy Briefs