Researchers and Farmers in Burkina Faso Benefit from Research4Life’s AGORA Programme

Published: Wednesday 1st September 2010
Category: Blog

As one of the poorest countries in the world, Burkina Faso regularly suffers from drought, poor soil, lack of adequate communications and other infrastructure, a low literacy rate, and a stagnant economy. With 80% of the population relying on the agricultural sector, improving the productivity and competitiveness of Burkina Faso’s agricultural sector is a critical issue for the country’s future. Local researchers know that progress can made in tackling these issues in part through innovation and the application of new technologies, many of which are available in the wealth of information and knowledge developed by the world’s agricultural science community.

A new video launched today illustrates how INERA (Institut de l’Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles), Burkina Faso’s leading institute for agricultural and environmental research, is using the Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) programme to access online scientific journals with information on fertilizers and dosages to support development of techniques for maximizing production. Using cutting-edge research through AGORA, a new micro dose fertilization technology, adapted to local needs, was developed jointly by farmers and INERA’s researchers.