IITA in Burkina Faso

In Burkina Faso, we work in several areas through our projects. Some of the key areas of our work include developing profitable cowpea varieties with preferable agronomic traits, and enable effective dissemination to small scale farmers. Another key areas is our work continued efforts to control aflatoxins where we are facilitating the manufacturing and distribution of aflasafe, field-applied biocontrol product, at a commercial scale. We are also working on providing smallholder farmers with improved cultivars of four major grain legumes: common bean, cowpea, chickpea and groundnut.

Burkina Faso a francophone country formerly known as the republic of Upper Volta is a land locked country in Western Africa. It is bordered by Mali to the North and West, Niger to the Northeast, Benin to the Southeast, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Togo to the south. Its capital is Ouagadougou. The climate of Burkina Faso is generally sunny, hot, and dry. The country covers an area of around 274,200sq km. In 2014 its population was estimated at 17.4 million.

Burkina Faso is one of the leading cotton producers and exporters in Africa. Traditional cereals, such as sorghum and millet are major staples in rural households, while urban households prefer rice and maize.

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Quick Facts

  Capital: Ouagadougou

  Currency: CFA franc

  Area (total): 274,200 sq km

  Population: 17.4 million (2014)

  IITA staff: 1


IITA’s mandate crops in Burkina Faso are:
Cowpea, Maize (corn), Groundnut (peanut) and Yams

Contact us

Reach our Burkina Faso Office the following channels:

  Katherine Lopez

  Head of Communication



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