SESAME PROJECT

Burkina Faso: in activity

“We just want the SEMAFO FONDATION to continue to train us and help us organize ourselves.”
Mr. Dassa Yédan, sesame producer

Although sesame is the second-largest export crop of Burkina Faso, its quality has to be improved for it to gain access to the international markets of organic and even conventional sesame.

That is why the Foundation has established a program to develop sesame production by providing equipment and training to producers from the Mouhoun region. The training focused on the knowledge of the plant, the ecological requirements for its culture, planning, harvesting and storing of sesame. The Foundation also provides support to farmers for the marketing of the product to ensure the best price per kilogram.

The Foundation SEMAFO continues to prioritize sesame, because it is a cash crop that both men and women can easily implement. The progress achieved during several crop years encourages the SEMAFO Foundation, which has clearly made the right choice by supporting the sector, a real cash crop for our brave farmers. Figures for the 2014-2015 year in all six municipalities of Bagassi, Bana, Bondoukuy, Kona, and Pompoï and Yaho (40 villages) show revenues of about 278 million FCFA ($600,673) for some 1,871 producers.

In short


  • Income generated $648.168 (2015-2016)
  • 42 villages involved (2016)
  • Income generated between 2011 and 2015: $3,424,681 (1 586 963 021 FCFA)
  • 212 individual female producers
  • 13,097 project beneficiaries (2015)
  • 1,871 producers directly impacted by the activity
  • 40 villages involved (2015)
  • 545 tonnes of sesame produced (2015)

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