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In Burkina Faso, testing fungi-culture as a viable and income-generating production alternative

Progress stage
Nov 2022 to Apr 2024
  • Burkina Faso
  • Agriculture
  • Nov 2022 to Apr 2024

The National Agricultural Training School of Matourkou proposes to test soil-less cultivation of mushrooms as a year-round viable production alternative and income generator in eastern Burkina Faso. FID funding aims to support research for a sustainable solution to diversify agriculture.

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The deteriorating security situation in Burkina Faso is causing massive population displacement. These displacements exacerbate the disrupting effects of climate change and the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic on the national agricultural production of an agricultural dependent economy.

This situation is contributing to increase poverty, weighting more heavily on internally displaced persons (IDPs) who see their crops and sources of income declining.


The project carried out by the National Agricultural Training School (ENAFA) of Matourkou aims to think about ways to reduce farmers’ dependence on land and climate in order to improve the living conditions of the people.

Mushrooms are known for their nutritional qualities, easy to implement and cheap production conditions. For this reason, the development of soil-less cultivation could play a role in addressing the problems of poverty and exponential inequality in Burkina Faso. The soil-less production method tested consists in using local materials and substrates instead of soil, as well as wastewater.

Through FID’s support, the experimental study conducted by ENAFA in Matourkou aims to verify the economic benefits of soil-less mushroom production in four localities in the east of the country.

Expected results

The National Agricultural Training School of Matourkou proposes to conduct an experimental study in four locations to provide the national database with reliable data and verify the economic profitability of soil-less agriculture in Burkina Faso.

  • Collection of reliable data to understand the potential of fungi-culture in Burkina Faso
  • Analysis of the results in terms of economic benefits
  • Preparation of a possible scaling-up phase
  • Generate sustainable resources for IDPs
  • Reduction of poverty and inequalities between communities
  • Increased resilience of targeted populations to shocks
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National Agricultural Training School (ENAFA) of Matourkou

National Agricultural Training School (ENAFA) of Matourkou

The National Agricultural Training School (ENAFA) of Matourkou. ENAFA is the School of Agriculture of the Ministry of Agriculture in Burkina Faos.


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