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Project in Burkina Faso and Niger

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

Timeframe: January 2018 - February 2021

Funding: USAID

Principal investigator (PI) and lead institution

Vincent Bado, International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

Co-PI and collaborator institutions

Video: Impacts of the project

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Journal Articles

Ayantunde A.A., Adamou K., Seybou G., and Moumouni O. 2022. Livestock feed markets across seasons in periurban areas of Niger: seller and buyer profiles, feed price and quality. Rev. Elev. Med. Vet. Pays Trop., 75 (2).  (French with PDF in English)

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. (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.)

Kabore, M.,  Sanon, H.O., Kiema, A., Nianogo, A.J. and Gnanda, I.B. 2022. Evaluation des performances de l’embouche ovine paysanne dans la commune de Korsimoro au Burkina Faso (Evaluation of the performance of peasant sheep fattening in the commune of Korsimoro in Burkina Faso). Int. J. Biol. Chem. Sci. 16(3): 1031-1043.

Umutoni, C., Bado, V., Whitbread, A., and Ayantunde, A. 2021. Assessment of Stovers of Dual-Purpose Pearl Millet Varieties as Feed for Goats in the West African Sahel. International Journal of Livestock Research, 11(12), 37-43.

Umutoni, C., Bado, V., Whitbread, A., Ayantunde, A., and Gangashetty, P. 2021. Evaluation of chemical composition and in vitro digestibility of stovers of different pearl millet varieties and their effect on the performance of sheep in the West African Sahel. Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section A — Animal Science.

Other Results

Project Plan

Rainfed agriculture and livestock support the vast majority of people living in rural Burkina Faso and Niger. Yet research to support these vulnerable populations has been lacking. This project takes a comprehensive approach to investigate how connected crop and livestock systems affect the development of more productive and equitable markets.

The project seeks to contribute to food security and poverty alleviation by improving the value chains of crop-livestock systems related to small ruminants. It applies the Innovation Platform approach to unite stakeholders in the pursuit of transformational learning and best practices. Youth and women in particular are targeted for training and interventions for income-generating enterprises.

Taking a regional approach across two Sahelian countries, the three-year project will employ a co-principal investigator in each country, and it will collaborate with the on-going USAID-funded initiative on Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel–Enhanced Resilience (REGIS-ER) in Burkina and Niger.


The goal of the project is to increase production of animal-source food through the integrated management of crop-livestock systems with participation of small ruminant livestock keepers. Specific objectives are:

  1. Development of inclusive crop-livestock value chains and conducive policy environments
  2. Development of improved feed and feeding systems to improve animal health and animal-source food
  3. Participative development of improved scenarios of crop-livestock farming systems, which enhance resilience, productivity, and sustainability, and increase participation of youth and women in income-generating enterprises.

More Information

 October 2020 research update BADO VGM  (Virtual General Meeting)

Photo credit: V. Bado/ICRISAT

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.