Burkina Faso and IFAD to discuss country strategy aimed at enhancing agricultural development and supporting smallholder farmers

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Burkina Faso and IFAD to discuss country strategy aimed at enhancing agricultural development and supporting smallholder farmers

Rome, 13 November 2018 – The Independent Office of Evaluation of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Burkina Faso are holding a one-day workshop to present the results of an independent evaluation of IFAD's country strategy and programme in Burkina Faso.

The workshop will showcase the main conclusions and recommendations of the evaluation, which analyses 10 years of work and covers eight rural development projects. Discussions will focus on effective targeting of the poor as well as addressing their needs in agricultural value chain interventions and access to resources including credit. Environmental challenges and adaptation to climate change in IFAD-supported interventions in the country will also be discussed. 

The workshop will bring together representatives of the Government, IFAD senior management and staff, civil society organizations, and international development cooperation institutions for a joint discussion on key issues and strategic priorities to develop a future country strategy that aims to enhance IFAD’s strategic role in Burkina Faso in support of agricultural development and smallholders.

  • WHAT: National workshop to present country strategy and programme evaluation  of IFAD's operations in Burkina Faso. Co-organized by Burkina Faso's Ministry of Economy, Finance and Development; Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources; and IFAD’s Independent Office of Evaluation, in close collaboration with IFAD's West and Central Africa Division.
  • WHEN: Friday 23 November 2018, 8:30 - 17:00
  • WHERE: Hotel Sopatel Silmandé, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Note to editors:

Media are invited to attend the national workshop. The following members of the IFAD delegation will be available for interviews:

  • Oscar A. Garcia, Director of the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD;
  • Lisandro Martin, Regional Director, West and Central Africa Division, IFAD;
  • Abdoul Barry, Director of Hub and Country Programme Manager, West and Central Africa Division, IFAD.
  • Maximin Kodjo, Lead Evaluation Officer, Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD;

MA No.: IFAD/12/2018

IFAD has invested in rural people for 40 years, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, we have provided US$20.4 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached about 480 million people. IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency based in Rome – the UN’s food and agriculture hub.

About the Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE): IOE conducts evaluations of IFAD-financed policies, strategies and operations to promote accountability and learning. The main purpose is to contribute to improving IFAD's and its partners' performance in reducing rural poverty in recipient countries. IOE's independent evaluations assess the impact of IFAD-funded activities and give an analysis of successes and shortcomings – to tell it the way it is – as well as identify factors affecting performance. Based on the key insights and recommendations drawn from evaluation findings, IOE also communicates and shares IFAD’s knowledge and experience in agriculture and rural development with a wider audience.

Media contact

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David Florentin Paqui

Regional Communications Officer, East and Southern Africa, West and Central Africa


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Jaqueline Rabelo Souza

Evaluation Communication Specialist