Burkina Faso

Lutheran World Relief began working in Burkina Faso in 1986 to address the recurring food crises assailing the country’s largely rural population, and today works in the regions of Sahel, Est, Centre-Est, Boucle de Mouhoun, Casscades and Hauts Bassins. 

Subsistence farmers face a harsh and arid climate with seasonal and highly variable precipitation. Our programs in agriculture, climate change adaptation and emergency response help families become more resilient even in the most challenging conditions.

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Subsistence farmers face a harsh and arid climate with seasonal and highly variable precipitation. Our programs in agriculture, climate change adaptation and emergency response help families become more resilient even in the most challenging conditions. 

We help farming families in Burkina Faso increase the quality and yield of their crops and livestock, access sources of credit, and sell their produce in bigger and more profitable markets. We also introduce lucrative crops, including sesame. We help families become better equipped to cope with severe drought through soil and water conservation, including introducing drought-tolerant seeds and innovations in irrigated and rain-fed horticultural production.

We also make the most of smartphone technology so that farmers are equipped with the most up-to-date information about weather forecasts, market data, composting and crop disease identification and treatment, and more.

And in times of extreme crisis, Lutheran World Relief responds to the immediate needs of communities through cash-for-work initiatives focused on environmental rehabilitation, which allow families to purchase food and other essentials while improving their community infrastructure.

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Burkina Faso
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Burkina Faso

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Featured Projects
Community-Led Food Crisis Recovery in the Sahel (CORE)

CORE’s resilience-based approach aims to strengthen the capacity of vulnerable agropastoralist communities in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger to influence, respond and adapt to changes in their environment, as well as prepare for and recover more effectively from shocks and stressors. The project focuses on agricultural diversification and productivity, increasing sales margins, and improving value chain linkages and the capacity of community-based organizations. 

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Sesame Marketing and Exports

In the Sesame Marketing and Exports (SesaME) project, Lutheran World Relief engages multiple stakeholders in the Burkinabe sesame supply chain to improve the quality of sesame to meet high export standards, strengthen marketing efforts, and ultimately improve farmers' and cooperatives' access to and profit from lucrative international sesame markets. Through the SesaME project, farmers' agricultural practices are improved; the operational, marketing, and support capacities of supply chain actors are expanded; and coordination between sesame buyers and sellers is increased. 

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