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BURKINA FASO: “Blue revolution” needed to boost dry-season harvest
The Burkina Faso government is attempting for the first time to implement a nationwide dry-season agricultural campaign to counteract possible food insecurity in areas that received poor or erratic rainfall this year. But the government, alongside others in the region, also needs to invest in a “blue revolution” – small-scale irrigation systems to help farmers grow crops in drought-prone zones – says the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Some 146 out of 351 communes across 10 of Burkina Faso’s 13 regions were affected by low grain outputs, according to the government’s provisional estimates. The regions most affected by poor rains were the northern millet-producing zone, the Sahel, the Centre north, the Centre west, the East and the Centre east.
“At the moment the food security situation is not alarmist, but there are pockets spread…
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