Policy highlights:

  • Burkina Faso’s sesame sector is expanding rapidly, especially due to high demand from Asia. Weak ties between producer and traders, the increasing presence of Asian buyers, limited use of agricultural inputs like fertilizers and shortage of seedlings create a high demand for extension services, such as skill training and technical assistance.
  • There are three parties providing extension services: the provincial government body for agriculture (DRAHRH), the NGO OCADES, and the Sesame Producers Union .
  • A comprehensive coordinated approach across the sesame chain is necessary to ensure the inclusion of vulnerable and unorganized farmers.
  • Recommendations for improvement include: Clearer communication of benefits of training and investment to farmers; expansion of collective marketing of sesame; establishing direct linkages with exporters to secure stable prices; more efficient use of existing knowledge and capacity in setting up new projects; re-evaluation of the problematic role of the state; and the development of a long-term vision for the sesame sector.
Share this post

Related items

AERC Regional Policy Forum summary

The AERC hosted a virtual Regional Policy Forum on 28 March 2022. The forum brought together key stakeholders who play important roles in shaping new research findings, paving new policy directions, and initiating innovative practices in the areas of youth and employment.

Getting up to speed with inclusive development

The INCLUDE team’s reading list: March 2022 Every month we share with our readers a…

cairo-workers
Identifying Economic Sectors to Create Employment for Youth in Africa: key findings from selected country cases

Growth Sectors for Youth Employment (GSYE) is an African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) collaborative research…

John_maara_Photo_
Getting up to speed with inclusive development

The INCLUDE team’s reading list: February 2022

The world youngest continent is looking for work

The African continent is undergoing an important demographic transformation that will, for the better or the worse, drastically change its labor market. According to the World Bank, every year 12 million young people enter the job market while only 3 million formal jobs are created. With a median age of 25 years old, the African continent is the youngest in the world.

Maya Turolla Profile