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Burkina Faso has a major role to play in the stability of Western Africa. The country had a good growth rate during the last years but did not managed yet to turn it into a sustainable and inclusive growth. The cooperation between European Union and Burkina Faso is for 2014-2020 is developed in the National Indicative Programme. The document is mainly based on the Strategy for Growth and sustainable development (SCADD 2011-2015).
The strategy for growth and sustainable development aims to mainstreaming cross-cutting issues such as environment. Sustainable development is a priority. Economic growth will be accompanied by environmental sustainability which aims to preserve, improve and enhance environment and natural resources. The strategy’s objective is to reach the Millennium Development Goals, including a sustainable environment. The two targets in this field are: halve the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water and sanitation, and reverse the loss of environmental resources.
The EU-Burkina Faso cooperation will be based on three sectors: governance, health, and sustainable agriculture, food security and water. Cross-cutting issues such as environment and climate change will be taken into account in the three sectors.
The country adopted a National Programme for the Rural Sector (Fr). The cooperation will be in line with this document and the national policy for food security. The objectives include to significantly reducing the degradation of natural resources. The sustainable agriculture approach is consistent with the Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR) - Sahel and West Africa.
Concerning water supply, the objective is to increase irrigated areas and improve access to a growing number of producers to irrigation services. This aims to reduce the risk of climate hazards, compounded by climate change. The effects will also reduce by adaptive research that will develop and will disseminate improved technologies adapted to the climatic conditions of drylands.
The expected results in the environmental field are primarily the enhancement and preservation of natural resources, forestry and pastoral.
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