Burkina Faso


Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries on the globe, with 80 percent of residents eking out a living through subsistence agriculture.

Industry is still in its infancy, and the nation is poor in natural resources. Cotton is the nation’s top cash crop, though other agricultural products, including cashews, are grown for export in increasing volumes. Unemployment is high, particularly among young people. TechnoServe and its local partners are working to drive economic growth by helping entrepreneurs build thriving businesses through mentoring, training and other support. TechnoServe is also providing critical support to the burgeoning cashew processing industry, which has the potential to create thousands of jobs and provide new markets for cashew farmers.

On The Ground



Impulsa tu Empresa

Impulsa Tu Empresa aims to help small and growing businesses boost their growth through mentoring and training. Since its launch in 2012, the program business has increased the sales of over 1,400 businesses by $48 million and generated 1,600 new jobs in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Burkina Faso.
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Building a Sustainable Cashew Processing Industry

TechnoServe is an implementing partner in the African Cashew Initiative, which works to increase the quantity and quality of cashews produced and processed on the continent. In Burkina Faso, TechnoServe helps processors improve and expand their operations through employee trainings, technology transfer and other critical forms of technical assistance. Participating processors receive training in food safety, quality control and other areas of operations to help them produce top-quality nuts for the growing international market. TechnoServe also helps link processors to buyers, lenders and investors.

Blog Posts

April 15, 2015

Juicing Success in Burkina Faso

TechnoServe’s business accelerator program in Burkina Faso is connecting entrepreneurs with business advisors to help grow the next generation of businesses.

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August 24, 2012

TechnoServe Launches Program to Boost Development of Central American and African Businesses

Some 560 small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be able to develop their businesses through a new entrepreneurship development program, “Impulsa Tu Empresa (Boost Your Business), that TechnoServe plans to implement in Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Burkina Faso in Africa.

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Burkina Faso

Andrew Lala

Program Development Manager, West Africa