Landless rural poor people to benefit from IFAD investment in Burkina Faso

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Landless rural poor people to benefit from IFAD investment in Burkina Faso

Press release number: IFAD 33/03

Rome, 9 October 2003 – Reversing the damage to natural resources, particularly soil and water, and improving agricultural productivity will be the focus of a USD 26.9 million community investment soil fertility programme in Burkina Faso.

The seven-year programme will be financed partly by a USD 12.01 million loan from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to Burkina Faso. The loan agreement was signed today at IFAD headquarters by the Ambassador of Burkina Faso, His Excellency Mr Mamadou Sissoko and the IFAD Vice-President, Mr Cyril Enweze.

The Community Investment Programme for Agricultural Fertility will improve agricultural productivity, and contribute to soil protection and rehabilitation through soil and water conservation techniques, soil restoration and agroforestry. The Programme is also co-financed by the African Development Bank (USD 7.5 million) and the West African Development Bank (approximately USD 2.5 million).

The programme will reach an estimated 150,000 rural poor people in about 800 villages in the five provinces of Gourma, Kompienga, Tapoa, Gnagna and Komandjari in Burkina Faso’s Eastern Region. Apart from its focus on the rehabilitation of damaged agricultural land and natural resources, the programme will also support income-generating activities and help vulnerable people, particularly landless women and young people.

This programme is innovative because the scope of its activities will be decided by the beneficiaries themselves. It will take a participatory approach by helping communities to identify and articulate their own needs and then find sustainable solutions. Within the overall programme, microprogrammes will be developed to focus on areas including: improvement of land fertility to improve the yield of rainfed crops, intensification and crop-livestock integration, development of transhumance paths for livestock, and development of agricultural and livestock products. The programme will also promote an institutional and economic environment that supports sustainable agriculture in the country.

With this loan, IFAD will have provided a total of USD 101.12 million (SDR 66.3 million) in support of 8 projects in Burkina Faso.

IFAD is a specialized agency of the United Nations dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries. Since 1978, IFAD has financed 625 projects in 115 countries and territories for a total commitment of approximately USD 7.7 billion in loans and grants. Through these projects, about 250 million rural people have been supported in their efforts to overcome poverty.