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The EIF working together with local stakeholders and development partners, has been instrumental in putting in place a Trade Mainstreaming Roadmap in Burkina Faso. This has been aimed at fostering trade integration into sectoral action plans and supporting concerted implementation in the context of Burkina Faso's Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper. An institutional coordination platform for the public sector, private sector and donor community has also been set up to implement trade-related capacity building, trade policies and Aid for Trade initiatives. Targeted strategic support in key sectors such as sesame, shea almond, cashew and mango has been provided with a strong emphasis on women's economic empowerment in capacity‑building, standards and value chain addition. 

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The goal of the project is to increase exports by strengthening institutional capacities to formulate and implement national trade strategies and policies. This will result in poverty reduction and sustainable development in Burkina Faso through trade.


  • The Action Plan for the Sectoral Policy for Industry, Trade and Handicraft 2011-2020 (POSICA - Politique Sectorielle 2011-2020 de l’Industrie, du Commerce et de l’Artisanat) has been updated. POSICA and its Action Plan covers trade facilitation, key priority markets, environmental protection, gender equality, and poverty reduction.
  • The Government budget dedicated to the implementation of POSICA increased by 11.74% from 2014 to 2015.
  • Technical Partners and Donors are involved in monitoring the implementation of POSICA. • The Strategy for Accelerated Growth and Sustainable Development 2011-2015 (SCADD - Stratégie de croissance accélérée et de développement durable 2011-2015) is being revised.
  • Sector strategies including: rural development, industry, energy, tourism, and transport have incorporated trade.
  • Public-private consultations take place very year and are chaired by the Prime Minister. The 14th edition was held in April 2015 in Bobo-Dioulasso.
  • Donors in Burkina Faso are aligning their Aid for Trade with the Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) and its Action Matrix. A trade facilitation initiative is jointly-financed by the United States of America, Chinese Taipei, and France.
  • A Medium term Plan integrating the priorities of the analytical study (the DTIS Update) is being developed by UNCTAD.

Burkina Faso is currently one of the top sesame producers in the world, but lack of organization and low quality crops have inhibited the sesame sector from reaching its full potential. Through this project, the operational capacities of sesame processors are being strengthened in order to increase the amount and value of exports. Sesame producers and processors are being trained in areas including Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS), quality standards, and best hygiene practices. The project also helps sesame exporters to develop improved export strategies through training and study visits to other sesame producing countries. The project strongly emphasizes the employment of female farmers, who represent 40% of the sector.


  • Annual sesame production rose from 137,347 tons in 2013 to 321,837 tons in 2015, and an increase in yield per hectare from 521 kg/ha in 2012 to 600 kg/ha on average between 2013 and 2015.
  • Sesame exports totalled 113,093 tons in 2013/2014, a 16% increase from 2012/2013, and the value of sesame exports totalled 79.6 billion CFA Francs (approximately US$175 million) in 2013/2014, a 77% increase from 2012/2013.
  • Two 100 ton capacity warehouses were built (one in Léo and one in Dédougou).
  • To support better organization of actors in the sesame value chain, an industry organization was established, and the first general meeting was held in September 2015.
  • 100 sesame processing units were trained in Good Hygiene Practices through seminars in four different regions in June and July 2015. 100 women participated in these trainings.
  • 9 sesame producers participated in a study tour to Ethiopia in October 2015 to learn about good agricultural and harvest practices. 5 actors from the sesame value chain also visited Addis Ababa in November 2015 to participate in an international forum on the commercialization of sesame.
  • 3 sesame processors participated in a trade fair in Cotonou, Benin in 2015.
  • 30 inspectors (including 6 women) from the Direction de la Protection des Végétaux et du Conditionnement (DPVC) were trained on SPS and quality standards in Koudougou in November 2015.
  • 20 exporters were trained on risk management and the International Commercial Terms rules (Incoterms 2010) in November 2015.
  • 16 exporters (including 3 women) and 4 women processors participated in a workshop about trade fairs and the legal aspects of international trade in June 2015 in Ouagadougou. 5 of these exporters subsequently participated in the Taipei International Food Processing & Pharmaceutical Machinery Show, where they established contacts and held several business meetings.
  • 20 exporters were trained in financing for export and international payment modes in October 2015.
  • Five sesame exporting companies participated in the first International Fair of Riyadh, in Saudi Arabia in June 2014 (http://www.lefaso.net/spip.php?article59796). This fair provided a platform for the Burkina Faso sesame operators to explore market opportunities and develop business relationships with Saudi economic operators as well as with 17 participating countries from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Gulf.

Shea almond covers 70% of Burkina Faso's surface area, and each year approximately 850 tons of shea nuts are produced and 250 tons of shea butter is processed. Shea almond provides substantial revenues for rural producers, including the 500,000 women whose livelihoods depend on shea almond. Despite the importance of shea almond for the country, Burkina Faso possesses neither a detailed analysis of shea almond performance, nor an action plan to guide stakeholder activities. As a result, the Government of Burkina Faso tasked ITC to create a sector development strategy for the shea almond industry, which was funded by the EIF Trust Fund.


  • In June 2015, the government adopted the Shea Almond Sector Development Strategy. This will serve as the reference document for all interventions at the national level in the shea almond industry.
  • Based on the Sector Development Strategy, a project is being formulated to support the integrated development of the shea almond industry. The project will leverage US$1 million from the African Development Bank, and funding will also be provided by the Ministry of Industry's Projet d’appui à la transformation de l’économie et à la création de l’emploi (PATECE).
  • 8 shea butter processors participated in the Foire internationale de Dakar (FIDAK) trade fair in December 2015.

Consistent with Government strategies to promote export diversification and value-added agricultural products, this project is strengthening the commercialization capacities of the dried mango and processed cashew nut sectors in Burkina Faso in order to generate increased export revenues and household incomes. The project is working specifically with several umbrella organizations in both the cashew and mango industries in order to have a wide impact.


  • Mango processing units produced an average of 70 tons of dried mangoes in 2015, which is up from 32 tons per UT in 2014.
  • Dried mango exports totalled 1,208,000 kg, which is up from 460,330 kg in 2013.
  • 23 leaders (15 men, 8 women) of umbrella organizations in the mango and cashew industries received leadership training in July 2015 and are also receiving ongoing coaching.
  • 66 people (48 men, 18 women) received entrepreneurship training in November 2015, which included a focus on how to prepare business plans.
  • 55 people (44 men, 11 women) were trained on commercial contract negotiation and risk management in February 2015.
  • Two training sessions about international production and quality standards were held in December 2015 in partnership with the World African Trade Hub. In the first session, 36 people (23 men, 13 women) were trained in mango processing good practices. In the second session, 44 people (30 men, 14 women) were trained on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP), which is a preventative system to address food safety through the analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards.
  • In May 2015, five representatives of the cashew umbrella group ANTA (Association Nationale des Transformateurs d’anacarde du Burkina Faso) went on a study visit to Guinea-Bissau to explore the possibility of obtaining raw cashews.
  • In July 2015, representatives of the mango umbrella group APROMAB (Professionnels de la Transformation de la Mangue du Burkina) went on a study trip to Abidjan, Ivory Coast to learn from the experience of banana and pineapple exporters.
  • 7 mango exporters participated in the BIOFACH trade fair in Germany in February 2015.
  • Aide-Mémoire: Preparatory Mission / Mission Préparatoire

  • Aide-Mémoire: Main Mission / Mission Principale

  • Burkina Faso Matrice d'Action / Action Matrix 2007

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  • Burkina Faso: Etude Diagnostique d'Intégration au Commerce (EDIC)/Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) 2007

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  • Burkina Faso: Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP)

  • EIF LDCs Photo Competition Album

  • EIF Calendar 2014

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  • Burkina Faso Annual Progress Report 2013

  • EIF Calendar 2015: THE EIF AND POST - 2015

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  • Burkina Faso Etude Diagnostique sur l’Intégration Commerciale Novembre 2014

  • EIF Trade Impact Stories

  • Burkina Faso DTISU 2014

  • Burkina Faso National Sustainable Development Strategy of Shea Butter 2015 - 2019

Mathue Badiel
Directeur de la Promotion et de la Distribution des Produits Locaux Direction Générale du Commerce Ministère du Commerce, de l’Industrie et de l’Artisanat Ouagadougou

Seriba Outtara
Coordonnateur UNMO/CIR Ministère du Commerce, de l’Industrie et de l’Artisanat (MCIA) Ouagadougou

Gueswinde Paulin Zambelongo
Expert en politique commerciale UNMO/CIR Ministère du Commerce, de l’Industrie et de l’Artisanat (MCIA) Ouagadougou

Antoinette Batumubwira
Donor Facilitator, African Development Bank

Trade and livelihoods

Contributing to the growth of sesame export revenues and improving the incomes of rural farmers

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