Burkina Faso

Women in Africa: their key role in food security

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Screening of Rice Accessions For Resistance to Rice Yellow Mottle Virus.

Rice yellow mottle virus (RYMV) is responsible for the most damaging virus disease of rice in Africa. The objective of this study was to assess the reaction of rice accessions to RYMV, for better control of the virus. Rice accessions including landraces and collections from research institutes were collected from 2010 to 2013 in Burkina Faso and Ghana. Two viral inoculums composed of non-resistance-breaking RYMV isolates (inoculum-1) on the one hand and of resistance-breaking isolates (inoculum-2) on the other hand were used for the screening experiments in the greenhouse.

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Returns to fertiliser use: Does it pay enough? Some new evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa

The low level of modern inputs adoption by African farmers is considered to be a major impediment to food security and poverty reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa. The government of Burkina Faso, following the example of a number of other countries in the region, launched a subsidy programme in 2008 to encourage farmers' uptake of chemical fertilisers and foster cereal production. This article explores the importance of fertiliser profitability in explaining the relative, apparent low use of chemical fertilisers by farmers in Burkina Faso.

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How Does Gender Affect Sustainable Intensification of Cereal Production in the West African Sahel? Evidence from Burkina Faso

Better understanding of gender differences in the adoption of agricultural intensification strategies is crucial for designing effective policies to close the gender gap while sustainably enhancing farm productivity. We examine gender differences in adoption rates, likelihood and determinants of adopting strategy sets that enhance yields, protect crops, and restore soils in the West African Sahel, based on analysis of cereal production in Burkina Faso.

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Domestic Transitions, Desiccation, Agricultural Intensification, and Livelihood Diversification among Rural Households on the Central Plateau, Burkina Faso

Understanding how and why domestic groups alter their function and form has long been a theme within anthropology. Numerous accounts have detailed the processes that drive household transformations and their underlying mechanisms. Mostly, these studies describe how domestic groups fission and fuse between extended and nuclear forms. In recent years, scholars have emphasized that these transformations should be understood within larger contexts of social and environmental change.

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Gender and Assets: Focus on GAAP projects.

Quisumbing explains how the relationship between gender and assets can affect people's ability to engage in and benefit from agriculture interventions. Quisumbing discusses two of the GAAP portfolio projects: The HarvestPlus Reaching End Users Project and the Helen Keller International Enhanced Homestead Food Production Program

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