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Burkina Faso – most of the country experiencing normal rainy season and cereal prices are lower than last year

In general, there is a near-normal household demand for cereals on local markets, held in check by remaining cereal stocks from previous harvests. Monthly exports to Niger approximately 4,500 metric tons of maize and sorghum and coastal countries approximately 300 … Continue reading

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Hint of a bad rainy season for cattle in the northern Sahel from a Burkinabè verterinarian

This is consistent with the FEWS network projection for coming months.  That said, still early in rainy season and it could turn out fine.  Moreover, clear that the most affected people are in regions where political insecurity is serious.  The … Continue reading

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Why are government libraries in Burkina Faso not functioning?

Basically the government agency in charge eviscerated the libraries and itself… very sad. At least RENLAC the anti-corruption civil society organization is now publicizing the corruption that took place back in 2010. Les travaux n’ont pas été correctement effectués à … Continue reading

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Basic GDP arithmetic for Burkina Faso

I’ve been reading the latest IMF report on Burkina Faso, and thought I would share some of the numbers. Here’s what you see in the report: GDP is about $12 billion at market exchange rate of 500 FCFA per USD.  … Continue reading

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Blaise Compaoré very articulate on RFI…

He’s articulate in an unassuming way… in this extract the reporters unfortunately do not ask the right questions.  For example, for a semi-authoritarian democracy, you have to ask the question: “Is the lack of alternance not likely to lead to … Continue reading

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[French] Nice report about youth training for artisanal gold mining workers

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Pirates… just what West Africa needs

With growth comes well-organized crime? “Pirates, often heavily armed and violent, are targeting vessels and their crews along the Nigerian coast, rivers, anchorages, ports and surrounding waters. In many cases, they ransack the vessels and steal the cargo, usually gas … Continue reading

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Appreciations of Thomas Sankara often marred by bad economic analysis

26 years ago, on October 15 1987, Thomas Sankara was killed by soldiers loyal to current president Blaise Compaoré.  Mr. Compaoré’s regime has never allowed a full truthful process of accounting for exactly what happened.  Most of Sankara’s companions in … Continue reading

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Sahel having an excellent season, second year in row

Last year was a very good agricultural season, and this year appears to be even better.  Hmmm…. I believe that 2000 years ago Joseph had good advice for what to do after a good season. But he wasn’t so good … Continue reading

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Electricité au Faso

Bon reportage de Patindé Amandine Konditamdé; j’aurai aimé savoir ce que le SONABEL dit comme réponse. La SONABEL serait en train de consommer son capital à en croire Luc Adolphe Tiao, lors de l’émission télévisuelle « Dialogue avec le gouvernement … Continue reading

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Best hype ever… odor-cancellation against mosquitos. Could they noise-cancel the whine too?

Les nouveaux composants que nous étudions rendent la personne inodore. Le moustique entre dans la pièce et ne sent rien. La personne est devenue invisible… via Les humains bientôt «invisibles» pour les moustiques? – Science – RFI.

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Big big love… women loving their polygynous husbands too much lets husbands take advantage?

I haven’t read the paper (by Richard Akresh, Joyce Chen and Charity Moore) yet… so caveat emptor! Altruism among family members can inhibit cooperation by increasing the utility players expect to receive in a non-cooperative equilibrium. To test this, we … Continue reading

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Because we all know that really expensive training programs work really well in really poor countries

The development objective of the Youth Employment and Skills Development Project for Burkina Faso is to increase access to temporary employment and skills development opportunities for out-of- school youth. The project has three components. The first component is labor intensive … Continue reading

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What is the bilan of the MCC in Burkina?

A thought: Given expiration in July 2014 of MCC’s $480 million, and given important money newly allocated to Sahel, there should be a USAID-MCC stock-taking, examining effectiveness of U.S. spending in Burkina.  I’ll go out on a limb, and say … Continue reading

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Ou sont les moustiquaires promises ?

An incredibly important public health issue.  A description of the 2013 campaign (10 million bednets) is here.  Alizeta Ouedraogo’s companies had some of the contracts for the  distribution I believe.   An article in Bendré by Jean Paul Bamogo reviews … Continue reading

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Pretty but tired words from the university student union in Burkina

Sankara wanna-bees need to move on: what is the program, concretely?  Nationalize CFAO and have the state sell itself Toyota Landcruisers?  How will that happen is neo-liberal imperialist Toyota doesn’t appreciate the nationalisation? Or, maybe the Burkinabe state should set … Continue reading

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Projet d’ouverture d’une mine d’or a Hounde

La société minière Endeavour/Avion Gold a tenu une rencontre d’information le vendredi 7 juin 2013 à Houndé, sous la présidence du ministre de l’Environnement et du développement durable, Salifou Ouédraogo. L’étude d’impact environnemental et social du projet d’installation de la … Continue reading

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L’orpaillage met en péril les plaines aménagées à Houndé

Les plaines aménagées de Bouendé et de Koho dans la commune de Houndé sont menacées d’ensablement à cause de l’orpaillage artisanal. Le cours d’eau qui permet d’irriguer ces deux plaines risque de disparaître si rien n’est fait d’ici là. En … Continue reading

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Évaluation des politiques et institutions nationale: Le Burkina classé parmi les meilleurs en 2012

En effet, la dernière édition du rapport CPIA Country Policy and Institutional Assessment de la Banque mondiale, attribue au Burkina Faso une note globale de 4,28, l’une des plus élevées après celles du Rwanda, du Cap Vert et du Kenya.L’évaluation … Continue reading

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Research Initiative: Test the Impact of a Radio Campaign Addressing Child Mortality

Very interesting research project. The intervention that this research initiative is exploring is a 2.5-year radio campaign that began broadcasting in March 2012. It involves the broadcast of health messages using radio spots (60-second adverts) and radio phone-in programmes (see … Continue reading

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