Burkina Faso - Community Investment Project for Agricultural Fertility (PICOFA)

Project Summary

Approval Date 27 Oct 2004
Signature Date 23 Mar 2005
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2012
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2012
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 6,180,320.45
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Community Investment Project for Agricultural Fertility (PICOFA) is part of both the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper and the National Integrated Soil Fertility Management Strategy. It aims to address the needs expressed by rural communities in the areas of erosion control, restoration of soil fertility, small-scale irrigation, bottom land development, improvement of farming and stockbreeding techniques as well as increased production downstream. The project will build the capacity of local communities, farmers’ organizations and the technical services involved. It will establish and implement village soil fertility integrated management projects whose activities include soil amendment and conservation activities using appropriate technologies. The main components of the project are: A) support for integrated management of soil fertility; B) local capacity building; and C) project management.

Project Objectives

The sector goal of the project is to improve food security and reduce poverty in rural communities. Its specific objective is to ensure soil conservation and restoration in the East Region.


The project will benefit about 800,000 poor people, more than 50% of them women, and about 20,000 farms. About 15,000 women will specifically benefit from the project. It will reduce land loss from erosion from the current 10-15 tons/ha/year to 5-10 tons/ha/year on at least 30 % of cultivated land, raise the organic content of the soil from 0.6-0.8% to at least 1% on at least 60% of cultivated land and increase the average level of inorganic fertilizer use (N,P,K) from the current 7.5 kg/ha to at least 25 kg/ha. The result will be an increase in crop yields by 25 to 40%.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Government Of Burkina Faso
Unité de Gestion du Projet rattachée au Secrétariat Général du Ministère de l’Agriculture de l’Hydraulique et des Ressources Halieutiques


IATI identifier 46002-P-BF-A00-002
Last Update 24 Sep 2022


Contact Details

Name BOUE Zinso
Email z.boue@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Burkina Faso
Coordinates Location Name
12.9188 0.0391988 Province de la Gnagna
12.6667 0.666667 Province de la Komandjoari
11.4167 0.916667 Province de la Kompienga
12 1.75 Province de la Tapoa
12.0833 0.5 Province du Gourma