Farmer’s National Day in Burkina Faso

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Dr. Lakhdar Boukerrou invited by the President of Burkina Faso to attend the Farmer’s National Day in Tenkodogo, Burkina Faso

The government of Burkina Faso is organizing the 19th National Farmers Day (JNP, in French) in the commune of Tenkodogo (Centre-Est region of Burkina Faso). This year’s theme is "Agriculture and the fight against unemployment: developing and supporting agro-forestry-pastoral, fishing and wildlife entrepreneurship for the socio-professional integration of young people." The event will give farmers an opportunity to discuss issues related to their activities with a number government ministers, including Agriculture, Water, Higher Education, Economy, and Livestock and Fisheries.

In Burkina Faso, agriculture contributes nearly 40% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employs 80% of the labor force. Despite its importance, this sector continues to face enormous challenges. Burkina Faso is the number one producer of cotton in Africa. However, agriculture remains mostly un-mechanized and in the hands of smallholders. Climate change poses enormous pressures on the whole production system. The country is experiencing high temperatures, shorter rainy seasons (cropping seasons), and more intense rainfalls.

On Friday, April 29th, 2016, the official opening ceremony of this event will be chaired by His Excellency Mr. Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, President of Burkina Faso. Dr. Lakhdar Boukerrou (USAID WA-WASH Regional Director and FIU Research Associate Professor) will represent USAID WA-WASH/FIU at this ceremony and has been invited to attend a lunch with the President of Burkina Faso.

The USAID WA-WASH is a USAID funded program managed by FIU is focusing its Phase II efforts on institutional capacity building of African and West African organizations with an emphasis on those working in the water sector. For more information about the program please visit http://wawash.fiu.edu or contact Dr. Boukerrou at lboukerr@fiu.edu.