DIRECTOR-GENERAL'S CONSULTATIVE FRAMEWORK MECHANISM ON COTTON
PROJECT TO IMPROVE INFRASTRUCTURE IN SUPPORT
OF COTTON PRODUCTION IN BURKINA FASO
Communication from Burkina Faso
The following communication, dated 3 May 2021, is being circulated at the request of the delegation of Burkina Faso.
The Permanent Mission of Burkina Faso is submitting the project below, prepared by the Government of Burkina Faso, with a view to receiving technical and financial assistance from the cotton sector development partners in the framework of the Director-General's Consultative Framework Mechanism on Cotton.
1 TITLE: PROJECT TO IMPROVE INFRASTRUCTURE IN SUPPORT OF COTTON PRODUCTION IN BURKINA FASO
1.1 CONTEXT AND JUSTIFICATION
1.1. Cotton, or "white gold", takes pride of place in the economy of Burkina Faso. It accounts for more than 10% of GDP and remains Burkina Faso's leading agricultural export and its second most valuable export after gold. Cotton also directly or indirectly supports more than four million people and therefore makes a significant contribution to poverty reduction and inclusive growth in our country. Given the strategic importance of the crop, it is included in the National Economic and Social Development Plan (PNDES) as a lever for the country's development.
1.2. The cotton crop is rain-fed and is grown by approximately 384,000 producers belonging to 9,800 Simplified Cotton Production Cooperatives (SCOOPS-PC). Following the liberalization of the cotton sector in 2004, the domestic cotton basin was divided by decree into three production areas, exclusively assigned to three major cotton companies: (i) the SOFITEX area for SOFITEX (Société burkinabè des fibres textiles); (ii) the central area for the Faso Coton company and (iii) the eastern area for SOCOMA (Société cotonnière du Gourma). The three companies purchase seed cotton from producers, process it into lint and market both the lint and the seed.
 Provinces of Balés, Banwa, Bougouriba, Boulkiemdé, Comoé, Houet, Kénédougou, Kossi, Léraba, Mouhoun, Nayala, Noumbièl, Poni, Sanguié, Sissili, Tuy, Ziro, Ioba, Sourou and Passoré.
 Provinces of Ganzourgou, Bam, Kadiogo, Boulgou, Nahouri, Zoundwéogo, Bazèga, Kouritenga, Kourwéogo, Oubritenga and Sanmatenga.
 Provinces of Gourma, Kompienga, Tapoa, Gnagna, Koulpélogo and Komandjari.