DECEMBER 2013. Food shortages and the global food price crisis in 2007-2008 increased food prices by 65 percent in Burkina Faso, and resulted in riots against “la vie chere” (the expensive life) in cities across the country.  In 2012, with almost three million people food insecure, Burkina Faso faced another food crisis.

Continuing food and nutritional insecurity is due in part to a lack of secure land rights for rural people, and farmer’s concerns about rising land conflicts. Increasing tenure security, particularly for women, has been shown to contribute to growth of agricultural productivity, leading to better food access and nutrition. In Burkina Faso today, the government and an increasing number of organizations are attempting to improve food security by taking into account the complex relationship between land rights and food access and availability.

In this brief learn about:

  • The importance of smallholder agriculture in Burkina Faso;
  • Factors contributing to land tenure insecurity, including women's rights, land degradation and conflict;
  • How the national government’s new rural land tenure legislation approaches rural land rights;
  • How Helen Keller International and the International Food Policy Research Institute have addressed land rights in their effort to improve health and nutrition of women and children.

Burkina Faso