Policy Framework for Investment in Agriculture in Burkina Faso

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Burkina Faso is the first country to apply the OECD Policy Framework for Investment in Agriculture to assess its policies to attract and benefit from investment in the sector. This whole-of-government assessment involved 17 Ministries and institutions, as well as the private sector, and has identified short- to medium-term measures to improve and strengthen the country's capacity for policy design.


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Executive summary

Since the early 1990s, Burkina Faso has been engaged in a wide-ranging programme of reforms to strengthen the foundations of its socio-economic development. The primary sector (agriculture, livestock, forestry and fisheries) has been one of the main targets of this reform. The sector employs more than 86% of the working population and contributes at least 30% of the nation’s wealth. Burkina Faso has a major untapped potential for agro-pastoral development. However, the agricultural sector still faces a number of challenges constraining the country’s ability to fully grasp its agricultural development opportunities. Agricultural performance is hampered by difficult access to land, agricultural inputs and equipment, poor infrastructure and financing, inadequate agricultural extension, and natural resource degradation.

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