Planting a More Resilient Cotton Sector in Burkina Faso
The IFC and World Bank partnered with GPRBA to improve irrigation management and water provision for small-scale cotton farmers in Burkina Faso.
After an especially dry season in Burkina Faso, 33-year-old Kakuy Ouanko, a father of three, is contemplating giving up farming. “We probably won’t be able to feed the family,” he says while walking through his dry cotton field. Kakuy’s experience is similar to that of other cotton farmers in Burkina Faso, who are vulnerable to the threats of climate change.
Teaming up with the state cotton processor SOFITEX, this project aims to mitigate the effects of climate change in Burkina Faso—where 80 percent of the population depend on agriculture to earn a living. The strategy seeks to stabilize and ultimately increase cotton yields, strengthening food security and boosting farmers’ incomes. Video by Stephan Bachenheimer (IFC)