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Improved economic information

November 14, 2017 1:23 pm

The national Federation of Agricultural Producers of Burkina Faso (FEPA/B) constitutes of 37 provincial unions, representing a total of 241,261 group members in 6,133 base groups (a little over 50% of them women). FEPA/B aims to reinforce the economic services for its members and has created two sectoral unions, one for “fruits and vegetables”, the other for “dry cereals”. It runs programmes on business advisory services for family farms, collective purchase of inputs and group marketing of agricultural products (including warehousing).

FEPA/B has access to a variety of economic data about markets, prices, production, farm economics. However, it experiences difficulties in organising this variety of data in an accessible way and in turning it into useful information. FEPA/B now wants to better exploit its data to improve its economic services to members and to strengthen its economic advocacy. Therefore, the research project will first assess the current use of data and information within FEPA/B. Subsequently, it will propose tools for data processing and presentation that FEPA/B can use for its services to members and for its economic advocacy.

The research project started mid-2017 and is expected to be finished in the first quarter of 2018.