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Burkina Faso

Beginning in 2018, eight research projects in Burkina Faso have been addressing value chains related to dairy, poultry, goats and sheep, crop-livestock systems, and livestock feed. Two of these projects collaborate with the neighboring country of Niger, and one collaborates with Ethiopia.


Selected Publications & Research Findings

Articles in Journals

Adesogan, A., S. McKune, Eilitta, M., Havelaar, A., and Dahl, G. 2019. Animal source foods: sustainability problem or sustainability and malnutrition solution? Perspective matters. Global Food Security, Volume 25, 100325.

Balehegn, M., Duncan, A., Tolera, A., Ayantunde, A.A., Issa, S., Karimou, M., Zampaligré, N., André, K., Gnanda, I., Varijakshapanicker, P., Kebreab, E., Dubeux, J., Boote, K., Minta, M.,  Feyissa, F., and Adesogan, A.T. June 2020. June 2020. Improving adoption of technologies and interventions for increasing supply of quality livestock feed in low- and middle-income countries. Global Food Security, Volume 26, 100372.

Balehegn, M., Mekuriaw, Z., Miller, L., McKune, S., and Adesogan. A. T. 2019. Animal source foods for improved cognitive development. Animal Frontiers.

Brown, C., Havas, K., Bowen, R., Mariner, J., Fentie, K.T., Kebede, E., Berhe, N., Anselme, S., Mwiine, F.N., Lakew, M., Kroesna, K., and Hernandez, J. 2020. Animal health in a development context. Global Food Security, Volume 25, 100369.

Colverson, K.E., Coble-Harris, L., Galie, A., Moore, E.V. Munoz,O., McKune, S.L., Singh, N., and Mo, R. 2020. Evolution of a gender tool: WEAI, WELI and livestock research. Global Food Security, Volume 26, 100375,

Givens, D.I. November 2020. MILK Symposium review: The importance of milk and dairy foods in the diets of infants, adolescents, pregnant women, adults, and the elderly. Journal of Dairy Science, Volume 103, Issue 11.

Gomma, A.D., Issa, S., Abasse, T., Banoin, M. and Schlech, E. January 2020. Effets du ramassage des fourrages sur l’environnement et sur les activités agro-sylvo-pastorales et commerciales dans les régions sahéliennes au Niger (Effects of forage harvesting on environmental, agricultural, pastoral and trading activities in the sahelian regions of Niger). International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Volume 13, No. 6. DOI: 10.4314/ijbcs.v13i6.13

Kabore, M., Sanon H. O., Kiema A., et Nianogo A. J. 2020. Étude du maillon de la transformation des petits ruminants dans la commune de Ouagadougou au Burkina Faso. Spécial hors-série n° 5 — Janvier 2020, Science et technique, Sciences naturelles et appliquées. French language. (Kabore, M., , Kiema A., and Nianogo A. J. 2020. Study of the processing links of small ruminants in the communal district of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. Special issue No. 5, January 2020, Science and Technique, Natural and Applied Sciences, p. 471-483.)

McKune, S., Lane, J., Flax, V., Ouma, E., Austin-Datta, R., Williams, R., Moore, E., Jacobs, M., and Turk, J. 2020. Making livestock research and programming more nutrition sensitive. Global Food Security, Volume 26, 100430.

McKune, S.L., Stark, H., Sapp, A.C., Yang, Y., Slanzi, C.M., Moore, E.V., Omer, A., and N’Diaye, A.W. 2020. Behavior change, egg consumption, and child nutrition: A cluster randomized controlled trial. Pediatrics, December 146 (6) e2020007930.

McOmber, C., McNamara, K., Ryley, T.d., and McKune, S.L. 2021. Investigating the Conceptual Plurality of Empowerment through Community Concept Drawing: Case Studies from Senegal, Kenya, and Nepal. Sustainability 13, 3166.

Serra, R., Kiker, G.A., Minten, B. Valerio, V.C., Varijakshapanicker, P., and Wane, A. 2020. Filling knowledge gaps to strengthen livestock policies in low-income countries. Global Food Security, Volume 26, 100428.

Stark, H., Omer, A., Wereme N'Diaye, A., Sapp, A.C., Moore, E.V., and McKune, S.L. 2020. The Un Oeuf study: Design, methods and baseline data from a cluster randomised controlled trial to increase child egg consumption in Burkina Faso. Maternal and Child Nutrition, e13069.

Tricarico, J.M., Kebreab, E., and Wattiaux M.A. November 2020. MILK Symposium review: Sustainability of dairy production and consumption in low-income countries with emphasis on productivity and environmental impact. Journal of Dairy Science, Volume 103, Issue 11. It is openly available.

Valerio, V.C., Walther, O.J., Eilittä, M., Cissé, B., Muneepeerakul, R., and Kiker, G.A. May 2020. Network analysis of regional livestock trade in West Africa. PLOS ONE 15(5): e0232681.

Varijakshapanicker, P., McKune, S., Miller, L., Hendrickx, S., Balehegn, M., Dahl, G. E., and Adesogan, A. T. 2019. Sustainable livestock systems to improve human nutrition, health, and economic status. Animal Frontiers.

Vipham, J.L., Amenu, K., Alonso, S., Ndahetuye, J.B., Zereyesus, Y., Nishimwe, K., Bowers, E., Maier, D., Sah, K., Havelaar, A., and Grace, D. September 2020. No food security without food safety: Lessons from livestock related research. Global Food Security, Volume 26, 100382,

Publications by the Management Entity

Useful Resources

These resources include links to external websites, and internal documents, such as reports and outreach materials.

External Resources

Internal Resources from the Management Entity

Blogs and news:


Burkina Faso 

Burkina Faso & Niger 

Burkina Faso & Ethiopia


This list of partners is not exhaustive, but it is indicative of past and prospective partners that have or will collaborate on research projects and other endeavors.

Partners in Burkina Faso & Niger

Zones of Influence

  • Est
  • Sahel
  • Centre-Nord regions

More information: USAID Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced (RISE) II Technical Approach Working Paper

Videos from Projects

  • "Un Oeuf" (One Egg)
  • Enabling Value Chains to Create Sustainable Income
  • Enhancing the Productivity of Small Ruminants

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This work was funded in whole or part by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Resilience 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#1175487.  Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here are those of the authors alone.