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Burkina Faso

Since 2017, the Livestock Lab has conducted and supported research for development projects in Burkina Faso. From initiatives to boost egg consumption in young children to interventions addressing the impact of poultry diseases on human health, our research aims to empower smallholder farmers and other livestock system stakeholders. 

Ongoing Projects


Poultry Losses and One Health (POLOH): Reducing Losses and Zoonotic Risks along the Poultry Value Chain through a One Health Approach

This project is designed to enhance household food security and safety and improve the livelihoods of poultry smallholder producers. 

Completed Projects


Assessment of Aflatoxin-related Health Risk for Milk Consumers in Rural and Peri-urban Areas in Burkina Faso

This project generates primary evidence on the aflatoxin contamination levels in feed and milk in peri-urban and rural dairy systems in Burkina Faso and their health implications for dairy consumers. 

"Un Oeuf:" Improving Nutrition in Children Under Two through Increased Egg Consumption in Burkina Faso

This project aims to test the innovative behavior change strategy of gifting chickens to children by community champions to increase egg consumption among children under two. 

Intervention in Low Guinea Fowl Productivity and Related Products Consumption in Burkina Faso

This project aims to expand guinea fowl farming among smallholder households by promoting year-round feeding of birds with fly larvae supplements for increased productivity; synchronizing hatching of guinea fowl eggs; and introducing low-cost evaporative cooling egg storage to increase fertile egg viability.

Enhancing Egg Consumption through Women’s Empowerment in Burkina Faso

This project builds on the UF-led focus project and examines various aspects of women’s empowerment and how behavior change messaging on the nutritional importance of eggs increases animal-source food consumption among infants and young children. It also examines the potential of livestock assets (chickens) to improve egg consumption in populations that have received repetitive nutrition and livestock information.

Burkina Faso & Niger 

Enabling Value Chains to Create Sustainable Income for Vulnerable People in Crop-Livestock Systems of Burkina Faso and Niger

The project sought to contribute to food security and poverty alleviation by improving the value chains of crop-livestock systems related to small ruminants. It applied the Innovation Platform approach to unite stakeholders in the pursuit of transformational learning and best practices.

Enhancing the Productivity of Small Ruminants through Improved and Cost-Effective Feeding and Animal Health Interventions (ENHANCE) in Burkina Faso and Niger

This project sought to enhance the productivity of small ruminants through improved and cost-effective feeding in Burkina Faso and Niger.

Burkina Faso & Ethiopia

The Feed Study

The Feed Study focused on improving the quality and quantity of animal feed, specifically for dairy cows in Ethiopia and for sheep and goats in Burkina Faso.

Country Coordinator:

Isidore Gnanda



Publications by the Management Entity


Collaborating Partners 

This is an indicative list of past and present partners.A collection of logos of the Innovation lab for Livestock System's partners in Burkina Faso

Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems is part of Feed the Future

This work was funded in whole or part by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Resilience, Environment and Food Security under Agreement # AID-OAA-L-15-00003 as part of Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems. Additional funding was received from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation OPP#060115.  Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here are those of the authors alone.