Burkina Faso

Emerging Epidemics: Improving Preparedness in Burkina Faso

The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa showed how rapidly an infectious disease can spread within and across borders. The overall ambition of this project is to identify key elements for a ‘smart foresighting system’ for early detection of infectio ... First-year report: The project "EMERGING EPIDEMICS: Improving Preparedness in Burkina Faso" has a strong capacity building component. Three Burkinabe PhD students have been recruited through an open announcement process and all PhD students have ...

Preserving African Food Microorganisms for Green Growth

The aim of the project is to turn the food sector in West Africa into a driver of sustainable growth, improve food security, create new business opportunities, ensure job generation, alleviate poverty and create stronger linkages between relevant st ... Project completion report: The establishment of bio-banks in Ghana, Burkina Faso and Benin opened up new opportunities for research on fermented foods ensuring the West African microbial heritage. The bio-banks provide strains for research wo ...

Fragile futures: Rural lives in times of conflict

The West African region receives increased international attention due to its fragile security situation. Conflicts in neighbouring countries now also threaten the peace and stability in Burkina Faso. Recently, security issues have emerged in the no ... Project completion report: ’Fragile Futures: Rural Lives in Times of Conflict’, is a five-year collaborative project between the University of Ouagadougou, Institut de Recherche en Sciences de la Santé (IRSS) and the University of Copenhagen. ...

QUALITREE – research based local tree oil production

Oil products from native trees in West Africa are essential for human diet, medicine and cosmetics, but their potentials are far from fully exploited. QUALITREE aims to reduce poverty by increasing food security and income in Burkina Faso and Mali t ... Project Completion Report: Women in rural Africa traditionally extract oil from the seeds of numerous native trees. QualiTree combined investigations of rural people’s knowledge and analyses of physiochemical properties of oils to improve and ...

Monitoring and assessing the impact of vaccinations and other childhood interventions for both boys and girls

  Background: Both observational studies and randomised trials (RCT) have documented that vaccines and micronutrients have non-specific effects (NSE) on child mortality. These effects may be even more important than the spec ... Project Completion Report We managed to conduct the local research training and to national researchers qualified at the PhD or post-doc levels.

Though with some delays (due to factors outside our control) we also managed to su ...

Value-added processing of underutilised savanna tree seeds for improved food security and income generation in West Africa

The West African savanna region has a fragile ecological system that is vulnerable to prolonged droughts and food shortages. It is shared by countries with some of the lowest per capita incomes in the world. The region is however well endowed with u ... Completion Report - Summary The project has aimed to optimize the processing of seeds from three semi-domesticated and wild trees common to the savanna region i.e. African locust bean, baobab and kapok trees, as means of improving income gene ...

Economic exploitation and CO2-sequestration of a native West African tree – a short-cut out of rural poverty


The native tree species P. biglobosa is important both economically and for sustaining livelihoods for rural people in the Sahel. In particular, sale of this resource is important to women, due to the limited labour available to them. Sale o ... Completion Report: The main objective is to improve the livelihood in Burkina Faso through the use of P. biglobosa. The outcomes are: four scientific papers (IV: only results), a planting guide, and two implementation projects.

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Pollination strategies to increase productivity

This PhD proposal is about strategies minimizing harmful effects of climate changes and at the same time optimizing fruit production of Parkia biglobosa and Vitellaria paradoxa ssp. paradoxa in Burkina Faso. Both species are traditional multipurpose ... Completion Report - summary: We are providing new knowledge of the efficient pollinators of two important species of fruit trees in Burkina Faso, and this knowledge can be very important in terms of optimising fruit set.

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Exploiting African Seed Treatment Technology

Sorghum grown from farm saved seeds is a major crop in the drought-threatened region of Sahel. A recent small scale study made by the applicant institutions in Burkina Faso hasdocumented >25% increase in sorghum grain yield by treating farm-saved ... Project Completion Report: 1) We have had been able to show that the use of a simple plant extract for seed treatment of a stable crop, Sorghum, in Burkina Faso has a positive effect on yield (17% on average). This yield  increase is com ...

A region wide assessment of land system resilience and climate robustness in the agricultural frontline of Sahel (LaSyRe-Sahel)

This project will look at the triple exposure of local livelihood strategies and food provision to climate change, population pressure and globalization in agricultural frontline of Sahel. The research will: a) go beyond ‘established myths’ about ch ... Project Completion Report: The Sahel is challenged by the triple exposure of local livelihood strategies and food provision to climate change, population pressure and globalization
The project a) employed satellite based methodology to ...

West African Network for Studies of Environmental Change (WANSEC)

It is proposed to create a West African network, including the University of Dakar, Senegal, Technical University of Bamako, Mali, University of Ghana, Legon, and the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; collaborating on research-based developme ... Completion Report - Summary: The Wansec project aimed at an improved understanding of changes in the biophysical environment, natural resource management and physical planning in the face of climate change. This has been reached through devel ...

Endophytes of Sorghum: A Potential Bio resource for Sustainable Crop Production

BACKGROUND: In Sub-Saharan Africa climate changes are predicted to aggravate constraints to plant production by altering patterns of precipitation. Both increased drought and more frequent periods with intense precipitation (flooding) may directly c ...

Capability Building for Research and Development in Traditional Fermented Processing in West Africa

  The project aims through research, education, training, and other forms of logistical support to build capability in selected institutions in West Africa to contribute to national development by carrying out value-added re ... Project Completion Report: The actual achieved results are largely according to what was described in the project document and more. Four (4) PhD students were planned to be trained in the framework of this project. All four PhD students have ...

Becoming a True Activist. Perspectives on Student Activism in Burkina Faso

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This thesis investigates the social, political and personal struggles of student activists in Burkina Faso. It is based on three months of ethnographic fieldwork among activists in the largest national student union, National Asso ...

The potential of Bambara Groundnut Genetic Resources

Bambara groundnut is an African legume grown in a variety of agro-ecological environments. It has an underground pod development similar to groundnut. The crop is considered drought resistant and appreciated as a local source of food. Apart from its ... Project Completion Report: Bambara groundnut is an African legume grown in a variety of agro-ecological environments. The crop is drought resistant and appreciated as a local source of food and plays a particular role in food security. In the ...

Improving food potential in West African parkland trees

Leaves and fruits of Baobab (Adansonia digitata) and the African Locust Bean (Parkia biglobosa) are, utilized daily in West African households and rich in vitamins, proteins and nutrients. Both species have potential for increased and more efficient ...

Despite the rain. Living and dealing with climate change in a small West African village

The main findings of this study were that climate is difficult to single out as a driver of change and human actions even at a small scale such as the village the researcher worked in. Gender, age, ethnicity matters in ability to adapt; people in th ...

Oral health in HIV/AIDS – strengthening the prevention of HIV/AIDS in Africa

The aim of this project is to analyse the "double burden" of oral disease in children/orphans and adults in Tanzania and Burkina Faso, as related to HIV/AIDS. Moreover, the project will highlight the potential role of schoolteachers and oral health ...