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Agricultural Exchange 2021: a Framework for Confronting Supply and Demand in Burkina

“The Agricultural Exchange, a means to strengthen partnership and trade in a context of insecurity and COVID-19.” It is around this theme that the actors of the agricultural sectors worked, on December 1st, on the occasion of the National Agricultural Exchange 2021 organized by the NGO APROSSA Afrique Verte Burkina within the framework of the activities of the eleventh edition of the Agro-Food Days.

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In Burkina Faso, agriculture employs more than 80% of the working population and, due to its high contribution to GDP, is one of the drivers of the structural transformation of the economy. While over the past ten years, sectoral policies and the macroeconomic framework have undergone profound reforms that have improved the food situation in our country, the current context marked by COVID-19, insecurity, and climate change has had a strong impact on the sector.

According to Issoufou Porgo, permanent secretary of the Confédération Paysanne du Faso (SP/CPF), this situation has resulted in poor sales for producers and processors, an increase in the purchase price of inputs, and difficulties in trading agricultural and animal products.

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This meeting of giving and receiving benefited from the financial support of the project “Food and nutritional security and climate change in the Sahel (SANC2S)”

In addition, there is the increase in the purchase price of inputs, the abandonment of cultivable land, and the difficult management of internally displaced persons. To mitigate these effects, Mr. Porgo recalled the urgent need to improve the food security of the population and increase the rate of marketing of agricultural products, which is estimated at 37%. The national agricultural exchange (BAN) is part of this dynamic.

This important meeting in the agri-food industry aims to promote networking between the various actors of the agricultural sectors (producers, processors, traders), to create a good opportunity for dialogue and contractualization between operators and strengthen the system of partnership and marketing of agricultural products, noted the President of the NGO APROSSA Afrique Verte Burkina, Pierre Bango.

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In the opinion of the SP/CPF, this initiative is to be encouraged insofar as it is the work of the actors themselves and constitutes a response to the important issue of the start-up of agricultural production through the transfer of production from surplus areas to deficit areas; thus contributing to breaking the isolation of agricultural actors and participating in increasing price transparency.

This ceremony was an opportunity for Mr. Porgo to give an overview of the fruitful partnership that exists between the NGO APROSSA Afrique Verte Burkina and his structure but also to define the conditions to be fulfilled in order to benefit from the support of the CPF which, it should be noted, promotes family farming.

According to him, it is necessary to be an agricultural producer member of a cooperative or a farmers’ organization. “It is united that we can win the battles. When we are each in our own little corner, it is quite difficult to access inputs, financing, and markets. We encourage small producers to organize themselves into cooperatives, groups and to join the federations that exist to benefit from services,” he told the audience. The 2021 edition of the BAN is held in conjunction with the eleventh edition of the Agro-Food Days carried by the National Federation of Agro-Food Industries of Burkina (FIAB) whose president is Simone Zoundi.

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