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Small-scale irrigation project in the western region (PIGO)

Burkina Faso
Rural Development and Environment
Ministry of Agriculture and Hydraulic Constructions
Donor Organisation: 
KfW Development Bank
Associated Enterprises: 
NK Consultants
Project Volume: 
Value of Services: 
Start of project: 
January, 2016
End of project: 
January, 2021

The rural sector plays a predominant role in the economy of Burkina Faso. It occupies about 86% of the active population and its contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP) in 2009 is estimated to account of approximately 30%. During the period of 2000 to 2009, the economic growth of the GDP was on average 5.2% in real terms, with a contribution of the primary sector in the order of 1.3%, after the tertiary sector (3.1%). The climate hazards have a real impact on this growth which shows the important role of the rural sector. In addition to its strong contribution to food security, the rural sector provides 61.5% of the monetary incomes of the agricultural households. 67% of its income originates from plant production, 30.9% from livestock and 2.1% from environmental goods. There is broad consensus that the agro-ecological potential of the country can allow a sustainable accelerated growth of the rural sector in order to ensure food security of the populations and the economic and social development of the country.

The PIGO constitutes the main pillar of the German-Burkinabe bilateral cooperation within the contributions of the German Financial Cooperation to the priority sector “promotion of a sustainable agriculture”.

Project details


The global objective of this priority programme has been defined as follows:  “The populations in the areas of intervention of the programme improve their food security and increase their revenues from agriculture”.

The specific objective desired resides in the improvement of the food security of the populations around the flat plains with water management and the small irrigated areas as well as the increase of their revenues from  the production, transformation and commercialisation of the agricultural products, in order to reduce poverty in the rural areas.


The general conception of the PIGO and its intervention approach  are mostly inspired by the experiences already made during the execution of PABSO (Programme for Flood Plain Management in the South-West and in the province of Sissili, Burkina Faso, financed by the KfW, ongoing). So PIGO is generally intended as an “open program”. At the express request of the rural user groups, PIGO will provide support in the planning, construction, use and the management of the hydro-agricultural schemes (rice-farming flood plains and vegetable growing gardens with wells), as well as the consolidation of infrastructures which are necessary for the commercialisation (storage warehouses, crossing structures for roads that are temporarily flooded, access roads, etc.).

In this context PIGO has the following 4 components:

  1. Building of the infrastructures for hydro-agricultural management (flood plains and small-scale irrigation with the main purpose of vegetable gardening);

  2. Building of the rural infrastructures to support the promotion of the agricultural development and the commercialisation of the agricultural products (storage warehouses, infrastructures and equipment for the conservation and the transformation of the agricultural products; threshing floors, crossing structures for roads that are temporarily flooded/ rural roads, etc.);

  3. Accompanying measures including the support in agricultural development, transformation and commercialisation, as well as the facilitation of access to agricultural funding;

  4. Delivery of consultancy services for the preparation and implementation of the project.


The implementation of the following results is planned in order to achieve this specific objective in an effective manner:

  1. The flat plains and the vegetable growing areas are managed and the water management is improved;

  2. The beneficiary producers know how to manage the irrigation water in an efficient manner and know how to intensify production efficiently;

  3. The beneficiaries are able to ensure the transformation of their rice production;

  4. The beneficiary producers have better access to credit;

  5. The producers are able to better market their products.

The 3 provinces of Tuy, Houet (region of the upper basins) and of the Comoé (Cascades region) in the western region of Burkina Faso form the intervention zone for the PIGO.