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Increasing cotton yields in Burkina Faso

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Challenge

In the past, abundant rainfall from May to September provided cotton farmers in Burkina Faso with all the water their seedlings needed to grow. But in recent decades, climate change has made weather patterns increasingly unpredictable. Without even the most basic irrigation infrastructure, cotton farmers are at the mercy of mother nature. It is little wonder why cotton farmers in Burkina Faso name a shortage of water as one of their biggest worries. Without reliable and adequate water supply, crops suffer low yields, diminished quality, and farmers may have little means to feed their families, pay for unexpected medical expenses, or meet their children’s school fees.

Solution

Through access to training in better soil and water management practices and inexpensive irrigation infrastructure, cotton farmers will have a better chance at increasing their cotton yields this season. This opportunity is, in part the result of a unique partnership between IFC, GAFSP and the International Development Association (IDA) with La Société Burkinabè des fibres textiles (SOFITEX), the largest buyer of raw cotton in Burkina Faso. Together, they will train 1,000 cotton farmers on the use, operation, and maintenance of irrigation equipment, as well as in better agricultural practices for soil and water management.

In addition to farmer training, IFC, IDA, and SOFITEX will work together to support farmer investments in building stone contour lines to prevent erosion, small reservoirs for rainwater capture and storage, and equipment to pump and distribute water in their farms. Farmers will also receive help in accessing the financing they will need to make these investments possible.

Once complete, this project is expected to improve farmer yield by 25%-30%, increase the area of farmland with improved water management by 3,000 hectors, and support US$5.3 million in lending for irrigation investments by smallholder cotton farmers.

Country

Burkina Faso

Funding

Private

Focus area

  • Climate Change
  • Fragility

Supervising entity

IFC

Results

Improved water management in Burkina Faso is expected to lead to a 30% increase in cotton yields

Once complete, this project is expected to improve farmer yield by up to 30% and to increase the area of farmland with improved water management across Burkina Faso by 3,000 hectors. 

1,000 cotton farmers will receive irrigation training and learn better agricultural practices

Together, IFC, GAFSP, IDA and SOFITEX will train 1,000 cotton farmers on the use, operation, and maintenance of irrigation equipment, as well as in better agricultural practices for soil and water management.

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Work with Us

Launched in 2010, the Global Agriculture & Food Security Program (GAFSP) represents a transformative approach to development aid that pools donor funds to make lasting improvements by supporting technically sound, country-led plans and sustainable, inclusive small- and medium-sized enterprises. The inaugural donors—Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, the Republic of Korea, Spain, and the United States—were soon joined by Australia, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. GAFSP’s donors work in partnership with recipients, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders to improve the lives of smallholder farmers and their families. Millions of poor and vulnerable people around the world will directly benefit from GAFSP’s continued commitment and support. GAFSP looks to engage other donors and stakeholders in this important initiative.

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