The government of Burkina Faso estimates that nearly 85 percent of
Burkinabè households rely upon livestock for some portion of their
income. Furthermore, livestock accounts for approximately 25 percent of
the country's exports. Socially, livestock provides a way for young
adults to learn the responsibilities of adulthood, a method for family
members to fulfill social obligations, and a means for women to support
their families. Considering its social and economic significance,
livestock must take center stage in efforts to improve Burkinabè
This brief highlights three potential constraints - weak livestock
producer organizations, poor animal health service provision, and
commercial weaknesses — on the potential contribution of the livestock
sector to improving poor people's livelihoods and recommends strategic
actions for overcoming each of them.
This document is based on PPLPI Working Paper No. 28.
PPLPI, FAO, Rome, Italy, 2 pp.
Navigating the Livestock Sector: The Political Economy of Livestock Policy in Burkina Faso